Pat McAfee is continuing his color commentating career with WWE. World Wrestling Entertainment announced Thursday that McAfee signed a multi-year extension with the wrestling promotion.
McAfee has spent over a year as an analyst alongside Michael Cole for WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown on FOX. He began covering the weekly event in April of 2021.
Along with analysis and commentary, Pat McAfee has competed in the WWE ring himself. He made his WrestleMania debut in early April at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. McAfee took on Austin Theory, Mr. McMahon.
In his debut, McAfee defeated his originally announced opponent, Theory. He then challenged McMahon immediately after and lost. Then, both Theory and McMahon went after McAfee before Steve Austin rescued him by dishing out a pair of Stone Cold Stunners. Following the rescue, Austin gave McAfee a Stunner too, completing his initiation into the WWE.
Along with Pat McAfee’s contract extension, he is expected to take the WWE ring again later this summer. He’s set to take on Baron “Happy” Corbin at SummerSlam on Saturday, July 30.
McAfee and Corbin have a history that stems far before their careers with the WWE. The two both spent time with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009. Although they spent less than a year as NFL teammates, Pat McAfee and Thomas Pestock (Baron’s birthname) were roommates and undoubtedly spent a lot of time together.
Besides the impromptu matches following his victory over Theory in April, McAfee is undefeated in WWE. However, he has huge competition ahead of him and is going into his second match as the overwhelming underdog. Corbin is the former King of the Ring, Mr. Money in the Bank, and United States Champion.