New WWE SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee recently discussed his first meeting with Vince McMahon. Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, the new commentator revealed that he didn’t actually meet McMahon until his second show at the desk.
“There was a little bit of nerves and anticipation” Pat McAfee began, speaking on his meeting with Vince McMahon. “I’ve done a lot of research on this man. Always heard [give] Vince a firm handshake.”
“I was told by a couple of people, ‘when he’s talking, don’t feel obligated to nod because there’s a chance he’ll think you’re not paying attention” McAfee continued. “He is 100% invested in you when he’s having this conversation. Be in the moment.'”
Pat McAfee on Vince McMahon
“Michael Cole and I go to meet him before we go on the air” the new voice of SmackDown added. “I go in there, get called in after waiting 15 minutes, I go in and he looks awesome! Swagged out. Great fit. He goes, ‘Pat.’ I’m coming in [for the handshake]. ‘Vince.'”
“Good shake. Great web to web, great eye contact” Pat noted. “I go, ‘I know you don’t like to be complimented, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank you.’ Definitely a kiss ass moment, but also something I wanted him to know.”
“He told me a couple of things, buried Cole. I go with a fist bump back, I didn’t know if he’s a fist bump guy. Good pop. Whole thing was 45 seconds to a minute” Pat McAfee concluded.
credit to Fightful for the transcription
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