Pat McAfee Reveals He Paid Ridge Holland To Attack Adam Cole, Explains NXT Return

Pat McAfee explains it all.

Last Wednesday on NXT, Pat McAfee shocked the NXT Universe when he returned to the brand after disappearing following his loss to Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver 30. McAfee aligned himself with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, helping the duo defeat Breezango to win the NXT Tag Team Championships.

In a new video on social media, McAfee explained the reasons behind his return and revealed he paid Ridge Holland to take out Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver 31.

"After the match, instead of reaching out his hand, he flexes on me. 'That's Undisputed!' Didn't sit lightly with me," McAfee said regarding Cole's actions following their TakeOver 30 match. "Although I couldn't be hands on with the dismantling of Undisputed Era and Adam Cole, I knew there was a way they could feel my impact. I can't be down there every single day, so I hired somebody to take care of my light work. I hired somebody that's younger, more handsome, and more built version of me; Ridge Holland. You all saw when he dumped Adam Cole's body over the barricade and walked off. Who do you think bought him that Mercedes? That was me, you're welcome Ridge. He got hurt, [thoughts and prayers] to him, I will not ask for a refund, you did your job, but now I had to look for a Plan B. Who should I call? When not the guy that took out my guy? Oney Lorcan, I reach out to him and said, 'You wanna make a little money?' They said no, they lose to Undisputed Era, they call back, we make a deal."

Holland suffered an injury on October 7 when his leg buckled trying to catch Lorcan on a dive. He has since undergone successful surgery on both his left ankle and right patellar tendon. It is unknown when he will be cleared to return.

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