Pat McAfee made his return to the commentary desk at the outset of the 2023 Royal Rumble event.
He's baaaaaaack!@PatMcAfeeShow is here on 🎧 for the Men's #RoyalRumble Match! pic.twitter.com/ymPeKnRy9D
— WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2023
Before the men’s Rumble match got underway, McAfee’s theme played and he made his way to the commentary area, via a detour into the ring to greet the fans.
The return seemed to come as a genuine surprise to Michael Cole, who said he had FaceTimed with McAfee earlier in the day.
Reunited and it feels so good #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/e6qxcnWoLP
— WWE on BT Sport (@btsportwwe) January 29, 2023
McAfee had been working for ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ since September 2022, bringing a hiatus to his WWE duties.
It is not yet known whether his return will extend throughout WrestleMania season.