Pat McAfee isn't sure he will wrestle again.
In March 2018, the former NFL punter began what would become a heated rivalry with Adam Cole when he cost him a victory during an NXT show in Indianapolis. Following a confrontation with Cole on his radio show in July 2020, McAfee, who signed a contract with WWE in February 2019, began showing up on NXT TV. The rivalry came to a head when the two men faced off at TakeOver XXX, where Cole defeated McAfee. They would do battle one last time at NXT TakeOver: WarGames IV, but the result remained the same for McAfee.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani, McAfee, who hasn't had a match since WarGames, commented on whether or not we could see him back in the ring. He said the following:
"I don't know. I was so sore, dude. My body hurt so bad. I fractured my left big toe when I did the moonsault through somebody on the table. It was literally as soon as I got in the ring. As soon as I got in the WarGames match, I had to get four tables from out under the ring, I was winded, they are very heavy. The first thing I did was a moonsault through somebody on the table. I had never done one. In theory, I thought I could do it. I had done it onto the crash pad I had in the ring in my office. I had never actually done it onto someone. First minute in the match, I did a moonsault and I don't turn my feet out so my toe just goes straight into the mat. Fracture my big toe. Then the flip off the top, the match with Adam Cole, I got kicked so hard in the middle of the face. My whole body was incredibly sore. The amount of respect I had for every man and woman who gets in the ring after my first match, I had massive respect for them, but it grew. I'm a delicate flower, but let's assume I'm probably gonna get back in. Let's assume. I gotta win at some point. I can't be completely defeated, but my body was beat up. I was very sore."
McAfee made the move to SmackDown in April 2021 and has been serving alongside Michael Cole as the color commentator for the brand.
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