Pat McAfee On His Surprise Return At The 2023 WWE Royal Rumble


On this past Monday’s episode of “The Pat McAfee Show,” Pat McAfee detailed the events that led to the former NFL star returning to WWE at the 2023 Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

McAfee thanked WWE CEO Nick Khan and explained why he opted to call the action on Saturday rather than participate in the actual men’s Rumble match.

Nick Khan
Nick Khan

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On how Khan arranged for McAfee’s return to the Commentary table at the Rumble: “Me and Nick got to know each other really at the end of his run with CAA, before his run at the WWE, but quickly. Whenever I talked about ‘GameDay,’ he got it, he understood it and I think it was a little bit better. I appreciate Nick Khan for everything he’s done for me, and for that. They said immediately, Hunter, Nick, and Stephanie at the time said, ‘Rumble, that’s like a perfect time to come back and that’s when people come back. It’s after college football season.’ And I was like, ‘Perfect, I actually need something to keep me in shape.’”

On why he changed his initial plans to participate in the Rumble match directly: “I think I could’ve but I don’t want to disrespect anybody. There were only 29 guys that came out. There was only so many spots and when you’re in there, there’s a lot of danger, a lot of sh*t that can happen.”

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