Smackdown commentator Pat McAfee has revealed how he was persuaded to fully commit for his role as 'Vince McMahon' in a skit on the Throwback Smackdown, only for it to be cancelled at the last minute.
McAfee was seen to be dressed like former commentator McMahon for Friday's Smackdown, which was dedicated to the past glories of the blue brand, with Michael Cole even convincing him to go clean shaven.
Having filmed a lot of clips for use as 'bits' throughout the show, McAfee was then told that the skits had been cancelled, with WWE releasing a small portion on YouTube instead.
Speaking on his Pat McAfee Show, he said: "On Friday, to commit to a bit of being Vince McMahon on SmackDown Throwback, I was bullied into shaving my face. Michael Cole was one of the leaders of that bullying. I thought it was Be A Star.
"Michael Cole goes, 'You could commit and shave your face.' Cole had an awesome look as well, which didn't make it to air. He had the frosted tips and he committed to 1999 Michael Cole. We had the wig, which was too small for my head and it felt like my forehead was in a rear-naked choke. We had the suit, the tie, I wore dress shoes for the first time. A lot of people in WWE were like, 'this is awesome. We'll remember this and you doing it for the character and the bit.'
"I shaved, it looked terrible. I got makeup on, we shot a bunch of sh*t. I did an entire Vince McMahon thing. Immediately following, literally, as soon as I walked off-screen, Foxy [McAfee Show Video Producer Evan Fox] gets a text from someone that works at WWE [saying] 'hang tight.' I go, 'Oh, Vince is coming?' No, that's not the case. They come out and everything has been cancelled!
"I walk back into the building and everyone who was motivating me to shave my face, they heard about what happened, and were like, 'Sorry, so sorry, it'll grow back.' FOUR DAYS! NOTHING! THAT BEARD WAS OLDER THAN JESUS F**KINGCHRIST! I look like I'm twelve!"