Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee looks set to step into a wrestling ring it seems after a heated confrontation with NXT Superstar Adam Cole on his show Thursday. The segment, which was on the YouTube portion of his show, showed McAfee constantly making sarcastic and snide remarks in typical pro wrestling fashion until finally, the former NXT Champion lost his cool. Cole broke a microphone, dropped a number of F-bombs, and got in McAfee’s face before shoving producer Ty Schmit.
Surprise surprise, @AdamColePro is a fucking scumbag. Acts like a child, breaks a mic, breaks a headset, sprays a litany of F bombs disrespecting @PatMcAfeeShow, shoves me, then storms out of the studio and leaves before anyone here can address it. Classic punk tendencies.— Ty Schmit (@tyschmit) July 23, 2020
Cole, who fights on the WWE NXT brand, has had previous encounters with McAfee who has made no secret of his interest in pro wrestling. The former All-Star punter has made numerous appearances at NXT events as an Analyst and also worked on Vince a McMahon’s ill-fated XFL as a commentator. The former NFL Star also had a wrestling ring built in 2017 and trained with legendary pro wrestler Rip Rogers who trained such stars as Brock Lesnar, John Cena, and Dave Bautista amongst others.
In won’t be the first time McAfee will step inside a wrestling ring after fighting for independent promotion IWA East Coast in his 2009 draft year. One month before the draft, and against his agent’s wishes who feared an injury could ruin his prospects, McAfee fought a character by the name of Warpig. While his in-ring ability was limited McAfee won the bout with a low blow followed by a superkick.
After losing his NXT Title to Keith Lee earlier this month, pairing Cole with McAfee will keep the Pennsylvania native out of the title picture but keep him firmly a part of NXT TV that airs Wednesday nights on the USA network. It also gives McAfee a chance to show what he’s learned with a performer who has earned a reputation over his thirteen-year career as one of the easiest people to work with, despite his alter ego in the WWE Universe as an egomaniac.
The next big NXT event is August 22nd as Takeover: XXX airs the night before one of WWE’s biggest events of the year Summerslam. Don’t be surprised to see Adam Cole v Pat McAfee on the card.