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That’s some secret keeping. Wrestling receives a lot of criticism for being planned in advance. There is some truth to that, but at the same time, there is a lot of work and effort that goes into making fans believe that what they are seeing is at least somewhat realistic. Every so often you see a genuine response in wrestling though and that was double the case this weekend.

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Last Saturday, WWE presented its annual Royal Rumble event. The show opened with the surprise return of Pat McAfee to the commentary team, ending a four month hiatus. According to, WWE made McAfee’s return as much of a surprise as possible, with co-commentators Michael Cole and Corey Graves having no idea he would be back. There was also a “quick scramble” to get McAfee a chair and headset. It is currently unknown if McAfee’s return is full time or just for the Royal Rumble.

It was a big night. Check out some of the show’s better moments:

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Opinion: WWE certainly got the surprise that they were aiming for as Graves and Cole’s reactions were outstanding. A good chunk of the Royal Rumble is built on surprises so having one for the commentary team is a good idea for a bonus. McAfee brings such energy to the show and it was great to have him back, even if it might just be for a single night.

What did you think of McAfee’s return? Who is WWE’s best commentary team? Let us know in the comments below.

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