A popular star of the SmackDown brand could be set for a return to WWE, possibly as soon as the Royal Rumble in San Antonio, Texas.
Pat McAfee has proved a popular addition to WWE since he joined the company as an announcer and part-time competitor. McAfee could normally be heard at the announce desk on Friday Night SmackDown alongside veteran Michael Cole but the former NFL star has been absent for the football season after taking on a role on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Now Fightful Select has reported that Pat McAfee’s return to WWE screens could be happening sooner than originally thought. Talent within the company has said they believe that McAfee will be back on SmackDown soon with one noting that the star had his name mentioned in relation to the Royal Rumble. Whether or not McAfee is set to be a surprise entrant in the men’s Rumble match remains to be seen. The full list of competitors that are declared to be in both of the Rumble matches can be found here.
McAfee last competed in a WWE ring back at WrestleMania 38 when he took on Austin Theory, and then improbably faced off with Vince McMahon. The segment culminated in Stone Cold Steve Austin coming to the ring and giving Stunners to everyone involved.