REPORTS: WWE Shockingly Removes NXT’s Pat McAfee From Role on TV

Published 12/27/2020, 7:00 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 06: Pat McAfee attends SiriusXM’s “Busted Open” celebrating 10th Anniversary In New York City on the eve of WrestleMania 35 on April 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for SiriusXM)


WWE has been trying to curb the decline in NXT numbers in the face of competition against AEW. The company has pulled several wild cards out of the bag, one of them being former NFL player Pat McAfee.

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Occasionally booked for a minor rivalry with Adam Cole, McAfee has blossomed into one of the best heels in WWE. His natural talent in promos and fearless command over the role has convinced WWE to offer him a multi-year contract. 

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However, it seems as if the company is done with his services for the time being. In a recent report by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was mentioned that Pat McAfee has been taken off TV by WWE.

This means that the star will not appear on NXT until further notice which is very strange, considering the role in his faction ‘The Kings of NXT’ was still going strong.

There has been no news as to when the star is expected to return, or if he is to return at all. WWE may bring him back for another feud in spring next year.

The former NFL star cheered on his faction from home in a Twitter post. He later acknowledged the fact that he may have been fired on Christmas.

Pat McAfee received massive praise from WWE legends

Pat McAfee has risen to prominence over the last few months. His raw talent and charisma in the promos have earned him praise for WWE legends “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and CM Punk. 

Despite his speaking skills, McAfee lost both of the matches he competed in this year. He fell victim to the Panama Sunrise twice and failed to pull off the victory at NXT TakeOver: Wargames.

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WWE may want to focus more on the NXT Women’s Division

The decision to take him off TV does not make much sense, but WWE may have a motive behind this. Following the tremendous success the NXT Women’s division has been bringing in, the company may direct the attention towards those storylines.

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Taking off the Pat McAfee storyline saves a lot of time to focus on the Women’s division that keeps on giving. We can expect McAfee to make a big return next year, and fans will surely be waiting.

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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