Pat McAfee returned to the WWE commentary team at the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view this past Saturday. He remained at the desk with an ecstatic Michael Cole and surprised Corey Graves throughout the show. McAfee’s return became the most talked about non-wrestling moment of the night.
On April 16th, 2021, WWE announced that Pat McAfee had been moved to SmackDown from NXT, serving as color commentator alongside Michael Cole as a babyface.
Last September, Pat McAfee stepped away from the SmackDown color commentary team to accept a position on ESPN’s College Gameday. Wade Barrett replaced Pat in the WWE role. WWE announced that the NFL punter would return once he’s through with the ESPN project.
Following the Royal Rumble, more details about Pat McAfee’s return were revealed. According to Fightful, none of the commentators had any knowledge of McAfee’s homecoming, and the former NFL athlete arrived in the Alamodome less than thirty minutes before his appearance on live television.
The report also stated that there was no official confirmation on whether Pat McAfee was returning to the SmackDown commentary booth full-time. We will have to see when he returns, if he ever has the time.
Tonight’s episode of WWE SmackDown didn’t feature Pat McAfee at the announcers’ table. Michael Cole and Wade Barrett voice the two-hour-long show and there was no sign of the NFL veteran. It appears that McAfee’s appearance at Royal Rumble was for one night only and he is yet to make his full-time return to the blue brand.
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