During a recent edition of Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry commented on the incident between Adam Cole and Pat McAfee on McAfee’s show. As previously noted, McAfee said the main reason why Cole was the longest-reigning NXT Champion was because of the Undisputed Era. McAfee then made fun of Cole for being “small” and Cole lost his composure. Cole shoved down a microphone, yelled at McAfee, and shoved McAfee’s co-host before walking off the set.
Here is what Henry said about the incident:
“If you called Dusty Rhodes fat he would assassinate your career, you couldn’t work at a bingo hall in Poughkeepsie when he got through browbeating you. Pat McAfee has those kinds of abilities. He’ll do it, sleight of tongue, if you will. He’s slick. You can’t just go on with somebody that can really go verbally and not expect for what happened to happen. Pat started pushing his buttons, then Adam Cole was the heel because he started it, and I love Adam Cole. He was the one that said, ‘of all people to try to poke at somebody. You were a punter.’ He was the one that stabbed first. So he’s the heel.“
“Usually the best things come from reality and I think if it’s not, it will be. It should be. But, I don’t think it is. This is not a work, this is real sh*t that’s going to have to be turned into business because it’s too good not to. Here we are with all the stuff that happened for a week in pro wrestling and we’re talking about a verbal disagreement on a show. It was real and that’s why we talking about it.”
Bully Ray also gave his thoughts:
“I think he caught Cole on the right day and pushed enough of the right buttons to get the desired response. If you’re a WWE superstar, as you are, as I was, is that behavior that is acceptable by the WWE? And then the WWE can turn around and go, ‘You know something Pat? We’ve been really good to you, we’ve allowed you to announce on our shows. We have a great relationship with you. Things have always been wonderful. You’re not a part of our world but we have welcomed you into our world. Why did you even feel the need to throw any digs at Adam Cole?’ There’s a lot of different ways to look at this. You know Adam Cole is a big part of the NXT roster. You know that people bust his chops for his size. Why would you do that?”