Michael Cole has been paired up with plenty of broadcast partners, but Pat McAfee is one of a kind. Cole seems to enjoy McAfee’s contributions and the performance it brings out in himself.

We previously reported that Michael Cole just realized what Rolling Loud is, not four days before SmackDown is set to air a simulcasted show from Cleveland and the Miami music festival. This was something that McAfee got a kick out of on the Pat McAfee show.

During Michael Cole’s time calling into the show, he also spoke about how bringing McAfee to SmackDown has revitalized his own career.

“First I do want to say this—and I’ve read a lot about this online as well but it’s absolutely true—you’ve completely revitalized my career. I’ve been doing this for almost 25 years now and I’ve seen and been a part of everything in WWE. You go through different partners and everybody that I’ve worked with has been great, they all brought a different style to the product. JBL, unbelievable partner, Corey Graves, incredible talent, but you’re different than all of those guys. Not that they’re not fans, but you’re a true fan and you bring that enthusiasm to the product and seeing how you’ve been acting over the past couple of months has really revitalized what I do.”


“I realize that I have to step up my game to keep up with what you’re doing from an enthusiastic standpoint, and that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s been a lot of fun for me and it’s been really different, and I just want to thank you for breathing some life into this old body again so maybe I can hang on for a few more years.”

It’s unclear how long WWE signed Pat McAfee for his duties as announcer on SmackDown. Fans have certainly gotten a kick out of seeing the two of them banter back and forth. Odds are there will be plenty of occasions where McAfee dances on the announce table in front of Michael Cole, and now we know how much Cole enjoys it.

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