Well, it was a bummer for those who thought that Pat McAfee and Adam Cole had legit beef. Nevertheless, the plot thickened between the two on the latest episode of WWE NXT.
With some viewers around the world complaining of the broadcast issues tonight, they surely missed one of the most heated segments in NXT history. Years later, when they are showing the top most shocking moments in not just NXT but WWE, this will be right at the top.
Tonight, McAfee delivered a brutal punt kick to an Adam Cole restrained by security. Cole, on his part, sold it like a pro by lying lifeless on the ground. If that’s not enough controversy for you, Triple H and Shawn Michaels came out to stop the carnage.
Notably, The Game had tried to play peacemaker between the two after they had a confrontation on The Pat McAfee show. Before tonight’s episode, the two had shared images where they were seen in a friendly mode.
Surprisingly, they claimed that they had put their differences aside.
Hey @AdamColePro.. I’m thankful for the opp to chat.
I feel like the convo was something that doesn’t happen often anymore..2 people have a miscommunication, they talk about, can agree to disagree about some things & they move forward.
How you doin?
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 5, 2020
However, during the NXT main event tonight between The Imperium and The Undisputed Era, McAfee joined the commentary table. He wasted no time in berating and insulting Cole.
It got so heated that Beth Phoenix had to leave the commentary table. Cole had had enough and he threw water at McAfee. Soon after, a brawl emsued and WWE officials including Shawn Michaels and Triple H had to intervene.
How much was I supposed to take from this beta who is a MANIAC?
Blows up on my show, breaks shit, pushes Ty.
Then..I take time out of MY HONEYMOON, so we can hug it out.
Then he LOSES HIS MIND AGAIN.. assaults me w/ a bottle & I’M THE 1 THAT GETS KICKED OUT?
How’s that fair? pic.twitter.com/5jl30e8Pu8
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 6, 2020
Taking advantage of the commotion, McAfee landed a brutal punt kick on Cole’s head.
Twitter divided over the storyline between Pat McAfee and Adam Cole
A lot of people liked how the WWE tried to blur the lines between reality and fiction in this storyline. However, many others weren’t satisfied.
They felt that a star with the caliber of Adam Cole shouldn’t be fighting a football player. There’s a wealth of talent on both NXT and the main roster who’d benefit a lot by working with him.
Imagine being told, post-Sasha/Bayley in Brooklyn, while 4HW are crying in the ring, that five years later to the month the main feud in NXT would be Adam Cole vs. Pat McAfee.
— Danny (@dajosc11) August 6, 2020
People who're shitting on the Adam Cole/Pat McAfee segment from NXT last night don't know shit about wrestling. Pat was heelish as fuck and cheapshotted Adam Cole with a incredible punt to the sternum. Not only that, but he's charismatic and entertaining as hell. Instead of
— VIDA (@NotoriousVIDA) August 6, 2020
Pat McAfee made Adam Cole, the biggest star in NXT, look like a geek. Is Bruce also in charge of NXT?
— Juan C. Reneo (@ReneusMeister) August 6, 2020
Good lord people, Roddy Piper did an angle and multiple matches with Mr T…..Adam Cole can do one with Pat McAfee. It's not ruining the sanctity of pro wrestling and it's not beneath him. Stop it.
— Rob Bonnette 🎮 (@rbonne1) August 6, 2020
NXT having Pat McAfee kicking their biggest star doesn't surprise me. WWE had Kevin Federline beat John Cena in a match once.
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) August 6, 2020
Swerve and a shocking moment to close out the show.
Never saw that coming. I thought Cole was going to superkick him tbh.
Heel Pat McAfee vs. Babyface Adam Cole is something I can get invested in very easily. #WWENXT Smashed it again tonight.
— Darryl (@THFC_Darryl_WWE) August 6, 2020
Undisputed Era been in NXT way too long now they’re feuding with Pat McAfee. Let’s just send them up lmao
— ジョナ (@asukascity) August 6, 2020
Who is Pat McAfee? Genuinely for any casual fan not from America this bloke could have just been someone who walked in off the street
— Wrestle_Me (@WrestleMe4) August 6, 2020
pat mcafee not even a wrestler and yet he was truly the talk behind NXT that's powerful
— #moremorrison #moremorrison (@ciampascole) August 6, 2020
I don’t like Pat McAfee so this is dumb to me, but I’m sure they’ll pop a small rating based off of Pat’s fans, then go back to normal. WWE has shown this year more than ever that very little but money matters to them. Make the earnings look as great as possible.
— Drew Nicholas (@BigMoneyDrew) August 6, 2020
SOURCE: Pat McAfee Twitter