A new report has shed light on why Pat McAfee’s send-up of Vince McMahon on SmackDown Throwback was cut from the show.
Pat McAfee once again took his seat at the commentary desk with Michael Cole for the retro edition of SmackDown on Fox. McAfee was sporting the powder blue blazer that McMahon himself donned at the announce desk for many years.
However, skits were filmed with Pat McAfee impersonating McMahon throughout the day, however, these did not make air come the time SmackDown went live.
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, the former NFL star discussed the lengths he went to in his portrayal of McMahon:
“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.”
A new report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has given more detail as to why the segments with McAfee were cut. Meltzer states that Vince McMahon himself didn’t feel like McAfee looked or sounded like his younger self. Meltzer added that McMahon thought it looked “Stupid, comical in the wrong way.” The report also says that instead of it being a parody of McMahon, McAfee’s act was a parody of a parody.
Another segment that was cut was a potential debut on the blue brand, although a new report says that the debut will happen on the 14th of May edition of SmackDown.