Friday night SmackDown color commentator Pat McAfee revealed that he was unaware that John Cena’s Return to WWE was going to take place in advance.
During his daily radio andYoutubeprogram, The Pat McAfee Show, the former NFL All-Pro punter said he was just as surprised as fans when calling Cena’s appearance at the Money in the bank pay-per-view broadcast live Sunday evening.
McAfee said he heard rumblings from a big appearance – like many reports indicated – but was kept on the sidelines, adding that “all day long there were much tighter lips around every situation” and that there were “maybe four people who knew what was going on”.
The longtime wrestling fan said he was deliberately kept away from production meetings before calling events as it helps him display more real excitement during live broadcasts, as seen in his call for Cena to return.
“I rarely know what’s going to potentially happen in the big project, like I know next to nothing about what’s going on in there and that’s by design, by the way. I don’t think I’m enough. good for knowing what’s going to happen and also having a real reaction, because I think it’s a tough balance, ”McAfee said.
McAfee added this game-by-game veteran man Michael cole and WWE leader Paul ‘Triple H‘ Levesque both expect him to provide a fan’s perspective on the broadcast and keep it “out of the loop for almost everything.”
The former gambler said he was aware of reports that Cena – among several other high-profile superstars – was due to return, but upon hearing the F9 the star’s theme song was the first indication he knew this was happening.
McAfee also acknowledged his reference to airing Cena’s “you can’t see me” line both after Sunday’s live broadcast and on his Monday radio show, shouting with excitement and confusion, “where after Cole yelled “Cena is here” as the wrestler clearly stood in front and center of the live shot.
Cena made a surprise appearance at the end of the Money in the bank pay-per-view following WWE Universal Champion Roman reignsWWE Hall of Fame victory Edge in the main event of the show.
Cena, who has generally received a mixed reaction from WWE crowds over the past decade, returned to thunderous cheers when his music hit the speakers at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, while the live broadcast was no longer being broadcast.
WWE shared footage of Cena addressing the Fort Worth crowd and acknowledging her unusual excitement after her broadcast ended.
“It’s so weird because I’m used to you telling me how bad I am, man, that feels good,” Cena said, smiling as the crowd responded with more cheers. “I see this guy’s sign here, he says, ‘If Cena shows up, we clap,’ is that like Bizarro World?
Cena was due to return in the next few days to angle with Reigns for the main event match at Slam summer next month, according to multiple reports.
“Tonight I just wanted to come here and let Roman Reigns know I’m back and I definitely wanted to come here to let you know I’m back,” Cena told the crowd. “And I promise you it’s not just one night, but what’s special to me is that it’s the first night. As always, I want to thank all the WWE Superstars for having put their lives and bodies on the line to entertain all of you, but most importantly, I missed you guys.
“I really … I really missed you guys so as much as I’m thankful and grateful for them man I love you guys and I really really missed you and thank you so much for being here tonight and for making this special moment for me and special for everyone here. “