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Pat McAfee Opens Up on the Pressures of Interviewing Natural “Teacher” Vince McMahon – “He Respected the Questions”

Published 06/01/2023, 4:00 PM EDT

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Vince McMahon is arguably one of the greatest names in the pro wrestling world. He is often credited for turning WWE into what it is today. However, earlier last year, McMahon found himself at the receiving end of major trouble. After hush money allegations and reports of sexual misconduct were revealed against Vince McMahon, he retired from WWE. However, prior to that, he had his final match against Pat McAfee at WrestleMania 38.

McMahon would defeat McAfee at the event with the help of Austin Theory. However, prior to ‘Mania 38, McAfee conducted an interview with Vince McMahon, which would lead to their matchup at WrestleMania 38.

Recently, during a podcast, McAfee would reveal the pressures he felt with conducting the interview with McMahon. Vince McMahon is a powerful figure, and conducting his interview is not an easy task, and the former NFL player felt the pressures of it.

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What did Pat McAfee reveal about the pressures he felt during his interview with Vince McMahon?

The former NFL player Pat McAfee is one of the most popular personalities in the business. During his recent podcast with Jimmy Traina on the SI Media Podcast, he spoke about his interview with Vince McMahon last year.

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He detailed the pressures he felt, and why he felt so. McAfee said, ” I’m genuinely a curious person too, so I would just go ask Vince questions. ‘Why do you guys do it this way? Why do you do this?’ I feel like he’s naturally a teacher. I feel if people approach him and ask him questions, he wants to tell people why he did what he did. “

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He further said, ” I just started asking him questions and I think he respected the questions I was asking because a lot of questions I was asking was for my own business, my own show, he knew about that. I’d ask him stuff about things we were thinking about doing with partners and sponsors and exclusivities and it would like take him back to 20 or 25 years ago.”

McAfee revealed that although he felt pressure at the front, it gradually diminished as time went by, and their conversation progressed. Both of them engaged in a healthy conversation about business, and other things which made McMahon respect McAfee’s questions.

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Earlier this year, Vince McMahon came out of his retirement and made his way into WWE and became the chairman of the company.

Will Vince McMahon take over the creative of WWE again?

Currently, Vince McMahon is only the chairman of WWE and does not hold the creative rights. Triple H is the current creative head of WWE, and fans want him to stay in the position. After WWE’s sale to Endeavour earlier this year, the dynamic of WWE has changed to some extent, with McMahon reportedly losing his voting rights.

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This comes as a good sign, as losing his majority voting rights means him no longer being able to vote for the creative direction of the company. As WWE enters a completely new space with this sale, fans would hope McMahon’s influence on the current product remains minimal.

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Shounak Chakrabarti is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports who brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen eye for detail to his analysis of professional wrestling. With a deep passion for the sport that dates back to his childhood, Shounak has immersed himself in every aspect of the industry, from the career trajectories of WWE superstars to their personal lives and beyond. As a journalism graduate, Shounak is a firm believer in the power of digital journalism to provide fans with a unique perspective on pro wrestling.
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