Pat McAfee brought a lot of fun and excitement to WWE SmackDown with his commentary. Both Vince McMahon and Triple H saw the potential and booked him to wrestle on the WrestleMania and SummerSlam cards in 2022. It appears we may say more of McAfee inside the squared circle.

Pat McAfee made his shocking return to WWE at the Royal Rumble premium live event this past Saturday. Michael Cole was genuinely surprised to see his colleague once again join him on the announcer’s table. For those who don’t know, McAfee had been missing out on WWE television due to his commitments with ESPN College GameDay.

Sean Sapp provided an update on Pat McAfee’s in-ring future from behind Fightful’s paywall. According to the report, WWE officials are hopeful that the SmackDown color commentator will wrestle in the foreseeable future now that he’s back to fulfilling his WWE duties.

Pat McAfee was originally pitched for a Royal Rumble spot, as he confirmed our report. Michael Cole and Corey Graves both did not know that he was coming out. We’re told that a private jet brought McAfee in the day of the show. WWE are hopeful that they can have him wrestle again this year.


As mentioned above, the original plan was for Pat McAfee to compete in the Men’s Royal Rumble match. However, at the end of the college football season, the color commentator realized that he wasn’t going to be in shape to get in the ring. It remains to be seen when Pat McAfee will return to the ring.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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