WWE shook up their commentary teams, and it was announced that Wade Barrett and Michael Cole will be part of the SmackDown commentary team. However, when Pat McAfee returned at the 2023 Royal Rumble, people were wondering whether he would resume his role as a commentator.

Following Pat McAfee’s return, he never showed up on WWE television, and fellow SmackDown commentator Wade Barrett also confirmed his position recently in an interview with the Daily Star.

Wade Barrett revealed that he and Cole will continue to do commentary for the foreseeable future.

“It’s as permanent as you can ever be in a role in WWE! Historically, things have always been switched around and teams have been moved from here to there, and I’m not saying I’m going to be in the SmackDown hot seat for the next ten years or anything like that. But in terms of the foreseeable, it’s going to be me and (Michael) Cole going forward.”

Wade Barrett also said that Pat McAfee has too many outside projects on his plate to be a full-time commentator, but he will always remain a friend to the WWE.

“Pat McAfee is always going to be a friend of WWE. He’s an incredibly talented guy and we’re all fans of his too, but he has a lot on his plate. I am sure he’ll come in and out from time to time and be involved in various roles but, as far as I’m aware, he’s not going to be sat in the SmackDown hot seat for now at least.”

While it’s sad that Pat McAfee will not be part of WWE programming in the near future, it is in the product’s best interest to have consistent teams every week. Stay tuned to Ringside News as we bring you similar stories.

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Sunil Joseph

Passionate pro wrestling fan. Sunil has been writing WWE content writing for over the last five years. Sunil still gets excited when he gets to tell people that he gets paid to watch pro wrestling.

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