WWE has confirmed that Pat McAfee will become the new SmackDown analyst – joining Michael Cole on commentary every week starting tonight.
Pat McAfee, who recently won over the WWE Universe with two stellar performances inside the squared circle, dropped the announcement on Twitter.
In a statement on WWE.com, the news was confirmed.
“Known for his candid, relatable, and refreshing opinions, McAfee’s insight and sense of humor have built him a large, loyal and active fan base. In addition to being a philanthropist, social media influencer, stand-up comedian and former All-Pro punter for the Indianapolis Colts, McAfee is also the host of the #1 international daily streaming sports show The Pat McAfee Show, which is simulcast both on YouTube and on Sirius XM Channel 82 Mad Dog Sports Radio. Additionally, McAfee is the host of the popular podcast The Pat McAfee Show 2.0 and has performed both inside the ring and behind the microphone on WWE’s NXT.”
Good morning beautiful people…
TONIGHT a dream comes true. Thank you all so so much for following along with this dumb ass life I’ve been incredibly fortunate to live.. I’m grateful for it all.
🗣🗣 Let’s enjoy this thing
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 16, 2021
Speaking on the switch, McAfee said:
“For as long as I can remember WWE has been a company that I have admired, both for its incredible staying power of creating riveting entertainment and for its ability to connect people all over the globe,” said McAfee. “I’ve been fortunate to try a lot of cool professions but working for WWE was the one I looked forward to most. I am incredibly honored and grateful for the chance to give back to the business that has given me and many others so much and having the opportunity to sit at the same table that legends have graced is truly a dream come true. Now let’s go get it.”
The switch comes after Corey Graves returned to RAW to accompany Adnan Virk and Byron Saxton on Monday nights.