Pat McAfee brought tremendous energy to SmackDown with his enthusiastic play-by-play call. McAfee developed an amazing chemistry with Michael Cole as well. Tonight, he was replaced by a familiar face.

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McAfee signed a new deal with ESPN and had to take a break from SmackDown because of that. WWE brought in Corey Graves as a replacement for McAfee tonight on SmackDown.

Pat McAfee will be joining ESPN’s ‘College Game’ broadcast full-time starting this Saturday in Austin, Texas from the Alabama vs. Texas match. Corey Graves will fill in for McAfee during his break from SmackDown.

WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H gave huge props to Pat McAfee as well. The Game said McAfee approached WWE about his new gig and the company couldn’t say no to that.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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