This past Friday night on WWE SmackDown, Austin Theory revealed that he will be Pat McAfee’s opponent at WrestleMania 38 after Vince McMahon offered the opportunity for the SmackDown color commentator to wrestle at the event during last Thursday’s appearance on McAfee's radio show.
It had been previously reported that McMahon vs. McAfee was internally listed for WrestleMania with the idea that there would be smoke and mirrors in addition to Theory taking the majority of the bumps for the WWE Chairman.
Dave Meltzer noted on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that McMahon is still expected to be involved in the match. Meltzer noted that there was a change in the angle this week as Theory slapping McAfee after revealing he would be McAfee’s opponent wasn’t originally planned.
“Vince McMahon is still in the angle. I don’t know if it’s going to be a handicap match. I don’t know if it’s going to be Vince McMahon in the corner of Austin Theory, but getting heavily involved in the angle and everything like that. Right now, Vince McMahon is the key to that match. That is the drawing of that match, is Vince. He will be introduced at some point at least as things were last night. Things obviously continually change, but it was still talked about. Originally, it was going to be Vince and McAfee, but Austin Theory was going to be all over the match and basically taking all the bumps. So now, it’s more of, ‘Okay, this is what the real match is going to be,’ but Vince is somehow going to have an involvement in it.”
Meltzer pointed out that WWE didn’t do an angle during McMahon’s appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, but rather just did a basic interview.
“So now they have to figure out after doing that what to pounce on to get to the story that they are going to want to tell, but yeah, Vince is still involved in the story in some way.”
If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Wrestling Observer Radio with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription. A WrestlingObserver.com subscription includes the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and daily audio shows in addition to thousands of hours of archived audio shows.