Eighteen months on from his acclaimed NXT match with Pat McAfee, Adam Cole reveals his unfinished business with the SmackDown announcer.
In July 2020, an angle on The Pat McAfee Show led to the titular host wrestling Adam Cole in a critically-acclaimed contest during NXT TakeOver XXX that August. Though he lost to the now-AEW star, McAfee surprised many with how natural he was as an in-ring talent.
Ahead of his AEW World Championship challenge vs. “Hangman” Adam Page at the AEW Revolution pay-per-view on Sunday evening, Cole spoke to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, discussing his unfinished business with McAfee:
“Pat doesn’t have the guts to have me back on the show, so I don’t think it’s going to happen, but I’d love to go back and chat with my best buddy. We still have some unfinished business to discuss.”
Adam Cole also spotted that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was set to appear on McAfee’s show ahead of a rumoured in-ring return at WrestleMania 38, posting to Twitter as he dared Pat to invite him back on:
I dare @PatMcAfeeShow to welcome me back to his dumb podcast. I’d be a total pro. 🙏
No? Yea that’s what I thought. You’re a coward Pat. 🖕
— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) February 26, 2022
Pat McAfee would wrestle one further contest with WWE, teaming with Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan, and Danny Burch as The Kings of NXT as they lost to The Undisputed ERA in a brutal WarGames match that December. Once again, McAfee’s in-ring abilities were a talking point coming away from the match.
Adam Cole debuted with All Elite Wrestling at the All Out pay-per-view this past September, reuniting with The Young Bucks and their associated Elite partners. Due to challenge Adam Page for the AEW World Championship at Revolution, Cole is one step closer to being the face of the promotion, a role he’s eyeing up:
“I want to be the one to represent AEW. I’ve only scratched the surface of showing what I’m capable of, and now I get to do that in a main event pay-per-view slot against an excellent world champion in Adam Page. This is big for me. It’s put-up-or-shut-up time, and it’s time for me to make a statement.”