This week on “After The Bell,” Corey Graves welcomed Pat McAfee to the show.
McAfee is coming off his in-ring debut against Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: XXX. He discussed the match and the reaction to it from fans, football and much more.
Check out some of the highlights below:
McAfee talked about the incident he had with Michael Cole at WrestleMania in New Orleans: “It was my first time doing a kickoff show. Michael Cole called me a week beforehand. He asked if I wanted to come down and be part of our NXT panel for NXT TakeOver. ‘We saw what you did at the live event in Indianapolis a couple months ago and wondered if you would want to do that.’ I said yes. I would love to. However, I could be a part of this business, I would love to. So shout out to Michael Cole for making that happen. Then I go down there and commentators are always in a suit and tie. Everybody is dressed very nicely. That is not how I operate. I don’t even know how to tie a tie. I wore tuxedo shorts at my wedding. The first time I went down there at WrestleMania Takeover in New Orleans, I had shorts on with a sports coat and a tie and a button down. I said, I am business on top, party on the bottom. I’m trying to set a precedent on how I am going to dress because if I go in there with a full suit, then that’s the expectation. I don’t own enough suits to do that. I don’t even know how to tie a tie. I had Sam Roberts tie my tie the first time. I finally got to the next WrestleMania in New York. I got there and I was told leading up to it, no shorts. You can’t wear shorts for this. You are going to be on the WrestleMania Kickoff show on the USA network. No shorts. I said I’m not going to wear shorts. Don’t worry about it. I get to WrestleMania. I understand this is a big deal. I’m pumped to be a part of it. I go and get tailored. This is one of my first times I went to a tailor. I get this tux and tuxedo shorts made. I get these very expensive shoes. In my eyes, I put a real effort into this. These are not shorts, these are tuxedo shorts. Big people wear these. I’m sitting around WrestleMania day wearing the same thing for 5 hours. Now we are 30 minutes before showtime and Michael sees me for the first time and he starts chewing me out. In hindsight, I understand. WrestleMania is a lot of pressure on Michael Cole. The last thing he wants to deal with is one of his commentators being the reason he gets yelled at by Vince for ruining a kickoff show. In hindsight, I know that. But at the time, I had been there for 5 hours sweating my ass off. I’m excited and pumped to be there. He starts yelling at me saying I look unprofessional. I look at him and think, who are you talking to? He was mad. He was not happy with me. He said no shorts, he never said no tuxedo shorts. I tried to explain that to him but at the time. I got sent back in the dressing room after there was quite a bit of take between me and Michael Cole. He had to go talk to Vince because I had no other backup. I had no other clothes. We were 20 minutes before showtime so there really was nothing anybody could do. They had to go ask Vince if it was ok. I was told that Vince’s words were, I’m hip. He looks good.”
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