Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque has revealed the NXT status of Pat McAfee who works his second match for the brand at TakeOver: WarGames this Sunday.
McAfee captains his team, which also includes Pete Dunne and NXT Tag Team Champion Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan, against the Undisputed ERA in a WarGames match, following his bout against Adam Cole at TakeOver 30.
Speaking with FOX Sports, Triple H said:
“Pat has a deal with us. He’s had a deal with us for a while. Pat has a lot going on in his life. It’s a funny thing. Everybody’s busy and stuff, but even this week he’s down there prepping for everything and we have to find him studio space and everything else so he can continue to do all his other lines of things because those are all of the things he’s doing on the front side of this and this is sort of the additional thing. But it’s a cool, I don’t want to say cross-promotional thing, because in some mind Pat just is a WWE superstar. But, he has that crossover appeal and whether it’s the FanDuel stuff or his college game day stuff or his show or all of it. He brings a lot across the board. He’s a busy dude, but he makes it all work. When it comes to being on the microphone and being a little heat seeking missile, Pat, he doesn’t have to go out and put on a performance, because that’s just him. But it’s magic. He’s the kind of guy, again, I think you just want to be around him if you’re friends with him and if you’re not friends with him you wanna kill him. And that’s kind of the magic, right?”
Triple H also spoke about whether he was hesitant to put McAfee in WarGames considering it’s only his second ever match, saying:
“Yeah. Look, I’m hesitant about all of it with him at first. It’s a funny thing with Pat, but like no different than any talent. I don’t care how good of talent is. If you’ve never worked with them, first time you put them on live TV, you’re like, ‘Oof.’ [Shirt tugging.] All of it. But, when you give Pat the ball, every time, it seems like every time you give it to him, you try to eliminate all the variables you can to make it as failsafe as possible, but then he makes it magic and he over delivers and everything else. The great part in War Games, while it’s War Games, you’re trapped inside those cages and the two rings and all that stuff, but you have seven other talent out there that are the best in the world to help every aspect of it. So, I think it’ll be great and when you look at the other guys in there from Pete, to Kyle, to Adam, the whole crew, Oney, Danny, Bobby and Roddy, it doesn’t get much better than that from a talent perspective. So, it’ll be off the charts. No different than the women will be.”