Pat McAfee made a huge impression on wrestling fans after his performance at WWE’s WrestleMania 38. McAfee took on Vince McMahon’s stooge, Austin Theory (now just known as “Theory”) in a contest that ultimately saw the elderly WWE boss get in the ring on his own. McMahon defeated Pat, but the former NFL punter had a great moment with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the aftermath.
McAfee’s natural charisma has been evident since his playing days. Pat went on to start a hugely successful podcast. WWE has always been Pat McAfee’s true dream, though.
Pat started his WWE career in the NXT developmental branch of the company. There, he made his debut in 2020’s NXT WarGames event. WWE had much bigger plans for Pat McAfee, according to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated.
“McAfee is also well-respected within the world of sports. After his breathtaking performance at WarGames in December 2020, there was serious internal discussion of having McAfee reappear after the loss to The Undisputed Era and jump Cole and align himself with a new partner, Sports Illustrated learned. The mystery reveal was going to be NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers, which would have brought instant mainstream notoriety to NXT. Though it never materialized, McAfee has all kinds of connections that could be capitalized upon in WWE.”
Pat McAfee and Aaron Rodgers are close friends. Rodgers is a frequent guest on McAfee’s show. It would have been a huge deal to bring in a star NFL quarterback. Things just didn’t work out.
We will have to wait and see what is next as far as Pat McAfee’s in-ring career. The SmackDown commentator was a huge hit during his wrestling appearances for the company. There is no doubt Vince McMahon would like to see a lot more from him.
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