DALLAS — Pat McAfee has waited his entire life for a WrestleMania moment, but the NFL sports media star has found himself with enough WrestleMania moments to last a lifetime.
To be clear, McAfee showed up and went against Mr. McMahon’s chosen opponent, Austin Theory, who the WWE Chairman and CEO announced as a “future undisputed WWE Universal Champion.” “. McAfee struck first and struck often, demonstrating the athleticism that made him the NFL Punter of the Decade.
Boom Stick likely shocked Theory – as well as the WWE Universe and Mr. McMahon – with his in-ring prowess. The crowd inside AT&T Stadium cheered loudly as McAfee bounced Theory’s head off the announcement desk, threw caution to the wind with a Swanton (who missed, but still looked majestic) and took Theory off the top rope with a thunderous superplex.
A world-class athlete in his own right, Theory didn’t fall easily and even appeared poised for victory when he created McAfee for A-Town Down. However, McAfee had his competitors spotted and reversed the move into a crucifix pin for the mind-blowing knockdown!
Unhappy with his protege’s failure, Mr. McMahon then did the unthinkable, stripping off his suit jacket and shirt and challenging McAfee to a match on the spot. A referee signaled the bell, and McAfee, already bruised and in pain from his scheduled matchup, was caught off guard with a clothesline by the WWE Chairman.
Theory got in on the action, hooking McAfee on the ring post and handing a soccer ball to Mr. McMahon, which he threw into McAfee’s midsection before claiming the pin.
As Mr. McMahon and Theory celebrated their successful ruse came the familiar sound of Steve Austin’s “Stone Cold” breaking glass. The Texas Rattlesnake sent Theory flying with a Stunner before doing the same with longtime rival Mr. McMahon. Austin then invited McAfee to the ring for a Broken Skull American Lager, only to shock the popular SmackDown commentator with another stunner.
A longtime WWE fan who watched Austin in his Attitude Era heyday, McAfee should have known better. After all, as “Stone Cold” says, trust no one.