It would be great for a change. There are certain wrestlers who get your attention in a hurry because they are naturals in the wrestling business. That is the kind of thing that you cannot plan for but when you find one, it can be an incredible bonus for a promotion. NXT found one last year and now it has been sent over to SmackDown, which might even have an extra bonus.

Last year, former NFL star and sports podcaster Pat McAfee joined NXT and became an instant success in a feud with Adam Cole and eventually the Undisputed Era. McAfee wound up being one of the most natural talkers in wrestling and gave some of the best interviews in all of wrestling. He would also impress during his two matches as his natural athleticism helped as well. McAfee is now back in wrestling and he is getting some special treatment.

This week, McAfee debuted as a broadcaster on this week’s edition of SmackDown, replacing Corey Graves alongside Michael Cole. According to, WWE is aiming to avoid over-producing McAfee by letting him be himself more than most broadcasters. While McAfee is working for WWE, he will also be able to continue working on his other projects outside of the company.

You’ll get used to him. Check out McAfee’s time in wrestling:

Pat McAfee's parting message for The Undisputed ERA before WarGames: WWE NXT, Dec. 2, 2020

Another shocking ally joins Pat McAfee against Undisputed ERA: NXT Halloween Havoc, Oct. 28, 2020

Pat McAfee defies gravity with daring leap: NXT TakeOver XXX (WWE Network Exclusive)

Opinion: This is a great thing to hear and hopefully a sign of WWE lightening up a little bit. McAfee has been brought in for the sake of offering a new voice to WWE but his own skills are not going to matter if WWE is going to tell him every word to say. WWE certainly likes having their control of things but sometimes you need to let the talent be themselves. If that is the case with McAfee, we should be in for a great treat.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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