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Austin Theory smacks Pat McAfee in the face on Smackdown; will wrestle at Wrestlemania 38 (Video)

Written by Doug Rush

On his podcast 24 hours ago, Pat McAfee found out he’d have a match at Wrestlemania 38 in Dallas.

On Friday night during Smackdown, McAfee found out who his opponent would be.

Austin Theory.

The last time McAfee wrestled was two years ago on NXT against Adam Cole in a losing effort. But this will be his most prominent feud and match of his wrestling career.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.