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Pat McAfee Says He “Takes Great Pride” In Debut Match With Adam Cole

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Speaking in a new interview Pat McAfee has discussed his pride at his debut match against Adam Cole.

The feud between Adam Cole and Pat McAfee had simmered intermittently before coming to a head in the summer of 2020. During an episode of his radio show, McAfee ended up in an altercation with Cole who took issue with him saying he’d hid behind the Undisputed Era during his NXT Championship reign.

The pair clashed again on a later episode of NXT and had to be pulled apart. This led to Triple H making a challenge to McAfee on Cole’s behalf which the former NFL punter later accepted.

The match at NXT TakeOver: XXX which marked McAfee’s in-ring debut, went back and forth for a little under 20 minutes. However, in the end Cole’s experience finally paid dividends and he saw off McAfee with the Panama Sunrise. Despite the defeat, McAfee earned a great deal of praise of his performance.

In conversation with Ariel Helwani, McAfee reflected on his match with Cole, saying that he had dreamt about it ever since he was a kid.

“Adam Cole is a terrible human, we’ve gotta make sure everybody knows that, Adam Cole [is an] outright scumbag of a guy. But getting a chance to work with somebody that’s that talented, even though he is a whole ass, getting a chance to work with somebody that talented especially in the era that we had to do it right? I mean, there were no fans, there was really no atmosphere. It was like seventeen minutes, one-on-one match, no gimmicks by the way, there was no chairs, no tables, no referee interference, none of my boys were out there. Just a one-on-one match, I take a lot of pride in that because I had dreamt about that ever since I was a kid.”

McAfee followed up his singles debut with an appearance at WarGames alongside Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch taking on the Undisputed Era.

The former NFL star has since stepped out of the ring and into the SmackDown announce booth where he calls the action alongside Michael Cole. McAfee was back in the headlines following a recent episode of the blue brand in Philadelphia. Ahead of the show he made his entrance to ringside paying homage to ECW legend Sandman.

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