Drew McIntyre has revealed that he took a leaf out of John Cena’s book as he raced to be fit for the 2022 Royal Rumble.
At WWE Day 1 on January 1st, Drew McIntyre was written off television as needed time away to deal with a legitimate neck injury. In storyline, Madcap Moss and Baron Corbin dropped a lighting rig on the former World Champion after attacking him backstage.
Although no timetable was given for the injury, the Scottish Warrior stunned fans by returning at the Royal Rumble, just a matter of weeks after taking time off.
Speaking on the Sports Guys Talking Wrestling podcast, McIntyre revealed that he was initially told by doctors that even an appearance at WrestleMania 38 was unlikely. However, adopting John Cena’s famous no nonsense approach to rehab, he was cleared ahead of the Royal Rumble.
“They dropped a lighting rig on my head and I came back three and a half weeks later. I think everybody, including the doctor, was surprised at how soon I was able to comeback. They told me, ‘You’re not making the Rumble. WrestleMania is possible, but let’s say it’s unlikely right now.’ ‘Okay Doc, no problem.
I went straight to rehab and I’ve always had the John Cena approach to rehab with every injury. What’s the most I can do for maximum benefit? ‘Well, you could come twice a day for six days a week, but that would be crazy.’ ‘Done.’
I did that, rehab-wise, twice a day, six days a week, while also working out, so three times a day, six days a week, take Sunday off. When I saw the doctor a few weeks later, they were like, ‘Alright, wow, you’re a cyborg, probably why you were called the Scottish Terminator. I guess you’re ready to go,'”
Upon his return to action, McIntyre continued his feud with Madcap Moss and Corbin. This led to a match between himself and Moss at Elimination Chamber. In the bout, Moss took a nasty looking bump landing directly on his head following an inverted Alabama Slam.
Thankfully it has since been reported that Moss sustained no serious damage as a result of the scary looking landing.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.