Though his opponent is yet to be revealed, it’s been confirmed that Pat McAfee will have a match at WrestleMania 38.
Since early 2021, Pat McAfee has served as a colour commentator for WWE, being found antagonising Michael Cole behind the announce desk and bringing life to the otherwise dull WWE commentary. Come 2 and 3 April, McAfee will once again lace up his boots when he competes at WrestleMania 38.
The news was broken by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon on The Pat McAfee Show, with Vince stating he doesn’t “bulls**t” when making offers such as this. Pat McAfee’s opponent is, however, yet to be unveiled (h/t Fightful):
“I want to offer you something. I know you love what we do and you’re part of the team, big time. People in the organization really enjoy you. Fans all over the world really enjoy you being you. You can’t find anyone, I can’t imagine back in the day Bob Costas standing up on the desk and dancing. You’re you and that’s why it works. With that, I’d like to offer you an opportunity to actually wrestle at WrestleMania. In the ring. It would be different than when you play for the Colts. You were the punter. Now, in the ring, you’re going to be a linebacker.”
Pat McAfee began making regular appearances for WWE as a pre-show analyst at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, continuing his mini-feud with Adam Cole that had begun when McAfee prevented Cole from defeating the then-Aleister Black by disqualification. Ultimately, McAfee’s appearances led him to lose to Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver XXX in an angle built from Cole’s appearance on Pat’s show.
A WarGames loss in December 2020 to Cole and the remainder of The Undisputed ERA was Pat McAfee’s last WWE match before he became a full-time WWE commentator. His WrestleMania match will mark his first on the main roster.
McAfee’s opponent is yet to be formally confirmed, though the internal WrestleMania match card lists him as facing Vince McMahon himself. Other possible candidates include McMahon’s protege Austin Theory, as well as potential WWE returnees in “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Cody Rhodes.