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Pat McAfee Talks How Perception of Him Changed

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WWE pre-show panellist and one-time NXT performer Pat McAfee recently appeared on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio. The former NFL kicker discussed a number of topics during the show, including how the perception of him has changed with WWE and NXT fans.

“When Shaq came over to AEW, or Bad Bunny comes in? It’s an incredible honour when people start tweeting ‘if he’s like Pat McAfee? It’s cool with me” Pat McAfee began on the show. “I would like a lot of people to know, that aren’t fans of mine in wrestling community? Whenever they attacked somebody, they’re like ‘oh you weren’t saying bad things about Pat or whatever.'”

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“I think that narrative changed” Pat McAfee continued. “You gotta remember whenever I first came in [to NXT]? Everybody hated it in the internet wrestling community. I had a real moment like ‘I’mma prove all these motherf*ckers wrong.’ These people have no idea.”

Pat McAfee then finished by discussing what it was like watching ‘outsiders’ come into WWE before and not put everything into the job. “I was once in the wrestling community right? I would see these bums come in from the outside, and they’d be tripping all over themselves, they would be handed dubs. They would beat my favourite guy and then they would just leave. And you could tell that they have no idea what’s going on. Everybody says like, ‘oh, you liked when Pat did that thing.’ I think they forget at the beginning? It was not a well liked, well received thing when I got in there (NXT).”

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