“He Just Needed to Take a Breather” – Triple H Explains Pat McAfee’s Absence on WWE NXT

Published 02/12/2021, 6:30 AM EST


It has been almost 3 months since we last saw Pat McAfee on WWE NXT. McAfee last appeared at NXT TakeOver: War Games on December 6. NXT executive producer and WWE legend, Triple H, updated the fans on his sudden absence from WWE television.

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During a pre-show media call ahead of NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day, ‘The Gamerevealed the status of the former NFL punter. According to him, McAfee is out of the black-and-gold brand due to schedule conflicts.

McAfee is very popular amongst the football crowd. As Triple H pointed out, “almost every weekend that I look online during football season, Pat seems to be trending on the weekends. His coverage of football, his association with FanDuel, just everything that he does.

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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)

“Pat, he’s a busy dude, and we’ve been talking about it, and he had said, ‘Look, give me a moment to breathe when the Super Bowl is over.’ Because he just got married not that long ago, he’s like, ‘if I don’t take a breath for a minute after this Super Bowl, I might not be married too much longer,” joked Triple H.

McAfee was truly everywhere during the Super Bowl week. So, it’s evident that the sports-analyst will want a break.

Pat McAfee and Velveteen Dream will be back on WWE NXT according to Triple H

McAfee had an eight-year career in NFL during which he made it to two Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro in 2014. He signed a WWE contract in 2019 and has been enjoying the sports entertainment world so far.

I think he just needed to take a breather, and if we can engage here back again, he loves it, and that’s one thing I love about Pat. When you have somebody from outside that comes in and loves it, and by outside, it’s hard for me to even refer to him as an outsider because he loves what we do. It’s hard not to see him as an insider.

In his last appearance, McAfee’s team lost to Adam Cole’s Undisputed Era at the last NXT TakeOver: WarGames. Despite the loss, McAfee’s athleticism was commended by both fans and critics alike.

As far as Dream is concerned, Triple H said he is still on the roster.

He concluded by saying,

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“He’s still training, he had a little bit of a physical thing here for a bit, but he’s still there, still with us.”

You can watch the full media call below –

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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