Vince McMahon began appearing on WWE television with Austin Theory as his protege. Theory was central in the paid crossover storyline to promote The Rock’s Netflix movie, Red Notice. Since then, the two have been featured in segments together frequently.
During McMahon’s appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Vince offered Pat match at WrestleMania 38. The former NFL punter and current SmackDown color commentator enthusiastically agreed. It was later revealed that his opponent would be Austin Theory.
On last night’s SmackDown, Vince McMahon threatened McAfee with his job and his Mania spot if he didn’t apologize to Austin Theory for trash-talking him. McAfee refused and only further buried Theory. Vince McMahon’s involvement in the match has been confirmed, although we aren’t sure to what degree. On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that the McMahon segments haven’t been giving WWE the ratings boosts they used to.
“As you get older, that actually is what happens. I can tell you. Your perspective changes, but Vince is still the ‘anti-old guy’ thing. If you look old on television, he’s not really going to want you there.
He’s tried to take himself off many times and he gets sucked back because it’s an easy crutch. The reality is is that Vince being back on TV with Austin Theory, it did not help ratings. Maybe week one, and even then, not that much. It wasn’t like the past, and it’s not going to be anymore. They’ve gone to that well way too often. I don’t think that’s going to be that big of a thing, but we’ll see.”
Vince McMahon has been pulling out all the stops to make WrestleMania 38 the biggest ever. Major celebrities like Logan Paul, Johnny Knoxville, and McAfee are set to compete on the grandest stage of them all. Vince McMahon might not want to be on television, but at this time, he thinks it’s best for business.
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