Pat McAfee has recently spoken about the pride he takes in his debut match against Adam Cole, and in particular the fact that it was a straight one-on-one contest.
A feud had been bubbling for a while between Cole and the former NFL star which all came to a head when The Undisputed Era member appeared on McAfee’s radio show. The pair got in to an altercation after McAfee accused Cole of hiding behind his teammates during his NXT Championship reign.
The pair then also brawled on NXT television, before Triple H made the challenge to McAfee on behalf of Cole.
The match took place at NXT TakeOver: XXX, and is it marked McAfee’s debut there were few who expected the kind of performance he pulled out the bag. The match was a shade under 20 minutes and looked an even contest until Cole managed to hit the Panama Sunrise for the victory.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani, McAfee spoke of how he had dreamt of that moment since he was a child and he was incredibly proud of the kind of match the pair managed to pull off without using any gimmicks.
Adam Cole is a terrible human, we’ve gotta make sure everybody knows that, Adam Cole [is an] outright scumbag of a guy. But getting a chance to work with somebody that’s that talented, even though he is a whole ass, getting a chance to work with somebody that talented especially in the era that we had to do it right? I mean, there were no fans, there was really no atmosphere. It was like seventeen minutes, one-on-one match, no gimmicks by the way, there was no chairs, no tables, no referee interference, none of my boys were out there. Just a one-on-one match, I take a lot of pride in that because I had dreamt about that ever since I was a kid.
McAfee’s battle with Cole continued at WarGames, when he teamed with Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch to take on The Undisputed Era. Once again it was Cole’s team who were victorious, picking up the pinfall over Lorcan.
Now stepping away from the ring for the time being, McAfee has joined Michael Cole on commentary for WWE SmackDown. The former NFL punter has certainly brought his own character to the announce desk, and recently paid homage to an ECW legend before the blue brand’s show in Philadelphia.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.