The original scrapped plan for Pat McAfee’s WWE return has now been revealed, following his Royal Rumble comeback.
McAfee made his surprise return at the January 28 premium live event, moments before the men’s Rumble match.
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, McAfee noted that the original plan was for him to return in the actual bout.
Explaining why he didn’t, McAfee said:
“There was speculation, a lot of people talking about it, a lot of people thought I was going to be in the Royal Rumble, a lot of people thought I was going to be there.
“That was not figured out until late last week. That came together pretty quick.
“Not that there was any bad relations, it’s just my schedule for the last five months, and everyone’s schedule, especially in the WWE, my wife is pregnant, there was no bad beef or anything, it was just, ‘I don’t want to have to train enough to get into the Royal Rumble.'”
“They said immediately (after I left), Hunter, Stephanie, and Nick, ‘Rumble is like the perfect time to comeback,’ because that’s when people comeback and it’s after college football season.
“I was like, ‘perfect.’ I need something to keep me in shape. I get fat and I need something to keep working out for. I tried. Everybody saw me, I was getting after it.
“By week nine….I think I could have (done a couple minutes in the Rumble), but I don’t want to disrespect anybody.
“There were only 29 guys who came out because where the f**k was Rey Mysterio? Is he okay? There are only so many spots and there is a lot of danger and s**t that can happen.
“I told them, maybe week 13 or 14 of the season, ‘Hey, want to let you know, the season has been a grind with Gameday being an extra work day, I’m not going to be able to be in good enough shape for Rumble.
“I don’t want to disrespect Royal Rumble. I’m just letting you know where I’m at right now. I’m not waking up an extra hour or stay up an extra hour to get in shape or whatever is needed.’
“It’s one of those combos. ‘We’ll chat later, all good.’ It was the goal, Royal Rumble was the goal, I wasn’t able to keep up with it because Gameday getting dropped in and what that schedule became.”
If you, like McAfee, are wondering what happened to Rey Mysterio, the real reason why Mysterio didn’t compete in the Royal Rumble has been revealed.
You can read more details about McAfee’s legitimate surprise return right here.
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