Paul Heyman has discussed being a “huge admirer” of current SmackDown commentator and former NFL star Pat McAfee since he joined WWE.
The former Indianapolis Colt began appearing for WWE in 2018 on pay-per-view pre-show panels but it wasn’t until 2020 until McAfee got his hands dirty in the ring.
Following an altercation with Adam Cole on his radio show, McAfee was challenged on Cole’s behalf by NXT boss Triple H to meet the former NXT Champion at NXT TakeOver XXX. At that event, Cole defeated Pat McAfee but many were impressed by McAfee’s showing in his first-ever match.
McAfee returned to NXT two months later, aligning himself with Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan as ‘The Kings Of NXT.’ The group ran roughshod over NXT until The Undisputed Era sought to take them out leading to a WarGames match which Cole’s group won.
Since then Pat McAfee has moved on to a broadcasting career behind the desk on Friday nights next to WWE stalwart Michael Cole. The duo of Cole and McAfee began their tenure together when the broadcast teams were reshuffled after WrestleMania 37.
Paul Heyman, who spends his Friday nights by the side of WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has discussed his admiration for the one time King Of NXT in an interview with Sportskeeda:
“Multiple people, when they are on their game, multiple people. Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Stephanie McMahon. Pat McAfee actually has impressed the hell out of me.”
“Pat McAfee, during the breaks, will stand up on the announce table and entertain the live audience, and Pat Mcafee understands the interaction between the person holding the microphone and those in the audience watching the person holding the microphone. I’ve become a huge admirer of his contributions to the WWE.”
Paul Heyman’s charge Roman Reigns recently discussed his disagreement with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon ahead of WrestleMania earlier this year.