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Pat McAfee Comments On His WWE NXT Future

What's next for the former NFL player...

At NXT TakeOver: XXX, former Indianapolis Colts Punter Pat McAfee went one on one with Adam Cole. Fans were somewhat underwhelmed when WWE first announced the match but McAfee won many people over during the build to TakeOver. He then impressed fans on Saturday as he wrestled a competitive match against the former NXT Champion and didn't look out of his depth.

McAfee was so impressive many wondered if he had plans to step inside the squared circle again. 

The former NFL player commented on his WWE NXT future during a recent interview with ESPN and revealed he is no longer under contract with WWE. He didn't rule out working in the black and gold brand in the future, however.

McAfee said: "That seems to be a conversation that has been circling me for the last couple of days, and even maybe the last week or so in the buildup to this. And this is going to sound very cliche, but it's 100% real and it's how I literally operate with everything. I just focus on literally what's next in my life. Because I run a business. I've got a daily show. I got a merch business. We have a touring company. I mean, there's a lot of advertising, marketing. There's a lot of things I do. And I just focus on what's next for me.

"So for when it came to the match on Saturday, I was only focused on that match. I was only focused on, 'OK, how do I go in here, put on a hell of a show, hell of a fight and get a win? And then, we'll worry about everything after that on Sunday.' We'll cross that bridge whenever we get to it. And I've heard the conversation start all around me and there was a lot... Even my mom was asking, 'Well, are you going to do this again?' I'm like, 'Well, let's worry about that on Sunday.'

"And then I got to Sunday, obviously, and I woke up. Neck was sore, back was sore, foot was sore. I got flipped on my head. To be completely honest, I'm not 100% sure what's going to happen. I'm not under contract to do anything else with Mr. H. I assume he and I will talk about this at some point because I heard his comments in the press conference afterward, which were very nice.

"But for me, all I was worried about was that match at NXT TakeOver: XXX and then I'll let everything else kind of sort itself out. And I think that's where I'm at right now. I feel good. If I never get in the ring again, I'll be very thankful for the opportunity and I'll be proud of it. If something pops up and it's right and my wife doesn't mind, because I did miss some of the honeymoon for this whole thing and she's been incredibly cool. There's a lot that goes into it. To be honest, I just started thinking about it within the last 24 hours, and have no idea what the future holds."


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