Pat McAfee’s return was a legitimate surprise.
Per a report from PWInsider, McAfee’s return was a ‘legitimate surprise’. The site notes that majority of the production team was unaware of Pat’s arrival and they scrambled to get him a seat and headset. Cole and Graves were not clued in either and were prepared to call the show as a two-man team.
IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK..
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 29, 2023
Before taking on his ESPN College Gameday duties, McAfee was a member of the SmackDown commentary team alongside Michael Cole.
Wade Barrett was moved from the NXT brand onto SmackDown to fill in for McAfee.