Pat McAfee is renowned as a highly talented and wasted no time in becoming a beloved name in WWE thanks to his high level of energy and intuitiveness. Aside from WWE, McAfee has other projects he has worked on – including his own show. Now it appears McAfee revealed how Vince McMahon helped him with a major deal for his show.

Pat McAfee made his WWE debut in 2018 and quickly established a feud with Adam Cole. By 2021, he had transitioned to being a color commentator on SmackDown, joining Michael Cole. McAfee’s charming personality and distinctive style have earned him accolades from fans and critics alike, as he has brought a new perspective to the commentary role.

He was last seen on WWE television during the Royal Rumble and has been absent since. A lot happened after that, as he became father and even secured lucrative deal with ESPN.

While speaking on the SI Media podcast, Pat McAfee revealed that he is in contact with several names in WWE including Triple H, CEO Nick Khan and Executive Chairman Vince McMahon. McAfee then explained how Vince McMahon helped him with a major deal for his show.


”So you know, myself, Michael Cole, Nick Khan, Kevin Dunn, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, we all (are) still very much in contact with each other.

Two of those men, Nick Khan and Vince were people that when I had a question about something that was going on through this whole process (Pat McAfee Show deal), very much answered my questions and said — Vince gave me a stern, ‘Do not’ for one thing that I was thinking about doing because I did not appreciate the way something was kind of laid out by one particular person in a company that I was kind of negotiating with and everything like that.

So I sent a question. ‘This was said. Am I allowed to say this back?’ And it took a couple hours and I got a, ‘DO NOT,’ period and then it was like, ‘Now is not the time’ or something like that.

I’m like, okay, okay, f***. Business-wise, I will listen to him and then Nick, same thing. It’ll be another situation because Nick comes from the sports media world obviously.

So Nick knows pretty much all of these humans that I was kind of talking to and everything like that. Nick Khan was like a ghost in this thing where I’d be like, ‘This person, what type of person are they?’ That type of stuff.

He would send me back like boom, boom, boom, bang, pow. Think about this. Thank you so it’s like, my relationship with the WWE, I don’t wanna say it’s stronger than it’s ever been, but actually stronger than it’s ever been and we are all very much talking about how I get back into the universe because I love it.

We talked about this earlier. I love it, I think I’m good at it, I think I’m supposed to be in there. I understand why people are doing things.

I think that’s why commentating was a good spot for me alongside Michael Cole, the greatest of all time. Getting to get Stunned by Stone Cold Steve Austin, I lived out like dream after dream after dream over there.

I love that place. Our relationship is very strong so I know you said you can say anything to that but actually, I think we’re working. We’re all trying to figure it out.

Pat McAfee will also get a ton of money every year from his insane ESPN deal. Pat McAfee also took shot at AEW Double Or Nothing for their empty seats. It remains to be seen when McAfee will return to WWE, as it might still be a while.

What’s your view on what Pat McAfee said? Do you want to see him back in WWE? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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