Lots of big moves are being made in the world of professional wrestling commentary. In the latest big announcement, NFL star turned radio host turned celebrity wrestler Pat McAfee will join the WWE Smackdown commentary team, replacing Corey Graves in the color commentary role after Graves replaced Samoa Joe (who was then fired) on WWE Raw.
"Good morning beautiful people…" McAfee tweeted along with a video making the announcement. "TONIGHT a dream comes true. Thank you all so so much for following along with this dumb ass life I've been incredibly fortunate to live. I'm grateful for it all. 🗣🗣 Let's enjoy this thing. Be a friend, tell a friend #PatsUpToSomethin"
WWE then confirmed the news in a press release, writing:
WWE today announced that Pat McAfee will debut as the new analyst for Friday Night SmackDown tonight at 8 pm ET live on FOX.
McAfee dropped the news on the WWE Universe with a huge social media announcement on Friday morning.
McAfee will be joined at ringside every week by Michael Cole, VP of WWE's on air announce talent and voice of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.
Known for his candid, relatable, and refreshing opinions, McAfee's insight and sense of humor have built him a large, loyal and active fan base. In addition to being a philanthropist, social media influencer, stand-up comedian and former All-Pro punter for the Indianapolis Colts, McAfee is also the host of the #1 international daily streaming sports show The Pat McAfee Show, which is simulcast both on YouTube and on Sirius XM Channel 82 Mad Dog Sports Radio. Additionally, McAfee is the host of the popular podcast The Pat McAfee Show 2.0 and has performed both inside the ring and behind the microphone on WWE's NXT.
"For as long as I can remember WWE has been a company that I have admired, both for its incredible staying power of creating riveting entertainment and for its ability to connect people all over the globe," said McAfee in the press release. "I've been fortunate to try a lot of cool professions but working for WWE was the one I looked forward to most. I am incredibly honored and grateful for the chance to give back to the business that has given me and many others so much and having the opportunity to sit at the same table that legends have graced is truly a dream come true. Now let's go get it."