Michael Cole is true veteran of WWE, who has been part of the company for over 25 years now. For being such a consistent worker, fans now consider him the voice of WWE in many ways. While Cole has worked with numerous partners on the commentary booth, his partnership with Pat McAfee has revitalized his love for the business in general.

Pat McAfee was working with Michael Cole on Friday Night Smackdown, and it seemed like they were the perfect balance for a long time. Their chemistry continued improving week by week, as fans were invested in everything they had to say.

TheAthletic.com named Pat McAfee its Sports Media Person of the Year for 2022. While speaking to The Athletic.com, Michael Cole commented on McAfee’s huge win. Cole then talked about his partnership with the former punter, detailing how McAfee reinvigorated his passion for pro wrestling.

“I first met Pat in late 2017 when WWE was looking for a talent from outside the wrestling world to add some insight into our fast-growing world at NXT. My first impression of Pat was how real he was. There was no facade, no ego, just a cool dude with a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm. For whatever reason, we just clicked and became close friends. That chemistry would later pay off in our incredible run as a tandem on ‘Friday Night Smackdown’ on Fox.


Pat was immediately successful as a broadcaster in our universe because of two things: First, Pat is a fan, and it comes out on the air. He wasn’t trained as a traditional broadcaster so has no built-in habits that we needed to break. His love for the product just oozes out of him. Second, Pat has endless energy and charisma. He makes everything sound big and important. He is one of the hardest-working people I have ever been around. He treats everyone equally, has no ego, and has a magnetic personality that draws people to him.

Pat helped reinvigorate my love for our business. I have been sitting in that chair at ringside for 25 years calling live sports entertainment every single week. I have missed two television shows over that period. As one can imagine, that amount of repetition can become tedious after time. Pat changed all that, and each week became a new adventure and a new chapter in my career. Pat also gave me the confidence to open up and have fun out there. One of my career highlights was calling Pat’s match at WrestleMania. He deserves all his success.”

Cole also previously stated that it felt like kick in the gut when McAfee had to leave his role as Smackdown commentator. We will have to wait and see when McAfee will return to WWE and reunite with Michael Cole, as fans would love to see them work together again.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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