WATCH: Pat McAfee makes surprise return to WWE Royal Rumble as guest commentator

Former NFL player known for his daily show, “The Pat McAfee Show”, also has extensive track record with WWE

Pat McAfee’s surprise return to WWE Royal Rumble as guest commentator. — X/@PatMcAfeeShow

Pat McAfee returned to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a guest commentator, marking the first surprise of the organisation’s annual Royal Rumble, an event that has become known for its shocking returns.

While the National Football League (NFL) punter-turned-media mogul has come to be known for his daily show, “The Pat McAfee Show”, he also has an extensive track record with WWE.

McAfee signed a multiyear contract with WWE in 2018, following his guest appearances on NXT shows. He hosted watch-alongs and continued to work as an occasional commentator.

In 2020, McAfee engaged in a feud with wrestler Adam Cole, leading to his debut match.

Later, in 2021, he became the colour commentator on WWE’s SmackDown show and occasionally participated in matches, including a WrestleMania 38 match against Vince McMahon.

Additionally, in September 2022, after signing an extension with WWE, McAfee announced a hiatus from SmackDown to focus on an ESPN show.

WWE has not yet reintroduced him as a full-time wrestler, but he has made appearances, including at last year’s Royal Rumble.

WWE has also maintained a regular presence on McAfee’s show, particularly following the show’s move to ESPN last fall.

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