SmackDown commentator and War Games enthusiast Pat McAfee has detailed the extraordinary lengths he went to in his portrayal of Vince McMahon for the throwback edition of SmackDown.
The blue brand went back to the future on their special retro-themed show. McAfee alongside Michael Cole dressing the part for the occasion. McAfee donned the light blue blazer that was a hallmark of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon during his play-by-play days.
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, the former NFL star discussed the lengths he was persuaded to go to to get his imitation of McMahon just right.
“On Friday, to commit to a bit of being Vince McMahon on SmackDown Throwback, I was bullied into shaving my face. Michael Cole was one of the leaders of that bullying. I thought it was Be A Star. Michael Cole goes, ‘You could commit and shave your face.’ Cole had an awesome look as well, which didn’t make it to air. He had the frosted tips and he committed to 1999 Michael Cole.”
“We had the wig, which was too small for my head and it felt like my forehead was in a rear-naked choke. We had the suit, the tie, I wore dress shoes for the first time. A lot of people in WWE were like, ‘this is awesome. We’ll remember this and you doing it for the character and the bit.’ I shaved, it looked terrible. I got makeup on, we shot a bunch of sh*t. I did an entire Vince McMahon thing. Immediately following, literally, as soon as I walked off-screen, Foxy [McAfee Show Video Producer Evan Fox] gets a text from someone that works at WWE [saying] ‘hang tight.’ I go, ‘Oh, Vince is coming?’ No, that’s not the case. They come out and everything has been canceled.”
“I walk back into the building and everyone who was motivating me to shave my face, they heard about what happened, and were like, ‘Sorry, so sorry, it’ll grow back.’ FOUR DAYS! NOTHING! THAT BEARD WAS OLDER THAN JESUS F*CKING CHRIST! I look like I’m twelve.”
McAfee then discussed what he did to embody the character of McMahon:
“I was watching film. I didn’t think I did enough research before Friday, but once I got to Friday, it hit me. ‘I’m Vince McMahon, on Vince’s show, in front of Vince.’ Vince doesn’t like that type of sh*t. He doesn’t like acknowledgment or to be thanked by people or mentioned by people. I was going to be coming out like ‘YOU’RE…..FIRED!’ I had a moment like, ‘this could be real bad.’ I started watching videos. The walk, he has a little D’Lo Brown with the head movement. I was excited. I thought there was a chance we do something magical and all of a sudden…it’s over.”
Pat McAfee then revealed that the segments that were cut from SmackDown might make air one day as a camera crew followed him to capture his day as Vince McMahon:
“WWE was following me around all day to create like a documentary of me becoming Vince McMahon. That’s real. It should be shown, the depths that we went to to make this happen, and then it immediately getting flipped on its head. Would have been cool, maybe next time.”
On SmackDown Throwback, Jimmy Uso returned to stand shoulder to shoulder with brother Jey and acknowledge the ‘Tribal Chief’ Roman Reigns.