Former West Virginia Mountaineer kicker, and all time point scorer, Pat McAfee absolutely impressed in his wrestling debut on the WWE NXT Takeover 30. The storyline for this match was set a month ago when Adam Cole interrupted Pat on his show and made a scene.
NXT Champion Adam Cole exploded on Pat McAfee's show today. Who wants to see the two step in the ring? #PatMcAfeeShow pic.twitter.com/z0Yt9Dbtvs— The Challenge (@thechallengebl) July 23, 2020
McAfee responded by showing up on WWE NXT and color commentating a match. Adam Cole got frustrated with Pat and the two tangled and exchanged words before Pat kicked Cole and knocked him out.
Adam Cole watching Pat McAfee punt footballs. #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/dSQqQQ0jTA— ♂️ (@ScottyStyles33) August 6, 2020
WWE superstar Triple H went on ESPN and challenged McAfee to a one-on-one match at the NXT pay-per-view Takeover 30. McAfee accepted and this past Wednesday stepped into the ring and delivered an absolute fire promo.
Tonight, the two tangled in a match inside the squared circle. McAfee appeared a natural in the ring, showcasing athleticism and bravado. He strutted and “wooed” like Ric Flair after big moves. Early in the match, McAfee escaped outside the ring, followed by Adam Cole. The two wrestlers army of friends got into a shoving match while McAfee went to the top rope and executed a Swanton Bomb.
I love @PatMcAfeeShow. pic.twitter.com/JrSgPP53Tc— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 23, 2020
Later on in the match, Pat put Cole on the top turnbuckle and attempted to execute a SuperPlex - a front suplex off the top rope - when Cole fought back. McAfee backflipped (!!) off the top rope, landed on his feet, ran and jumped back on the top turnbuckle from the ring and executed his SuperPlex.
Are you kidding me, @PatMcAfeeShow?!?— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 23, 2020
: @andersen_prince pic.twitter.com/5m1mHiCuBZ
Eventually, Adam Cole caught Pat as he tried a tomahawk chop off the top rope and eventually ended the match with his finisher. McAfee took the match seriously and showed good athleticism and wrestling prowess.