There are theoretical arguments that a *massless* spin-2 particle has to be a graviton. The basic idea is that massless particles have to couple to conserved currents, and the only available one is the stress-energy tensor, which is the source for gravity. See this answer for more detail.

However, the particle discovered at LHC this year has a mass of 125 GeV, so none of these arguments apply. It would be a great surprise if this particle did not have spin 0. But it is theoretically possible. One can get massive spin 2 particles as bound states, or in theories with infinite towers of higher spin particles.

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