Former two-time WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is tipped to headline WWE’s upcoming Clash at the Castle show in Cardiff.
‘The Scottish Warrior’ revealed to Wrestling Inc.‘s Nick Hausman his interest in seeing an NXT UK match make it onto the Principality Stadium super-show. While nothing’s been made official yet, McIntyre’s already started hyping up a potential showdown with Roman Reigns.
After suggesting WWE should book an NXT UK match for the show, McIntyre said:
“Realistically, they might just turn around and go, ‘Drew, you’re not booked,’ and then you’ll find me on a trampoline outside with little weights, jumping up and down, just going, ‘I’m not booked,’ outside of Cardiff. Ask me to referee a match and I’ll say no, and then they’ll try to convince me eventually, and I’ll referee an NXT UK match maybe.”
Drew McIntyre’s trampoline joke is likely a reference to Dennis Stamp, an Amarillo-based wrestler who appeared in the infamous ‘Beyond the Mat’ documentary from 1999. Stamp, angry with his lack of matches, discusses not attending a Funk Brothers event due to not being booked.
In amongst footage of him venting his frustrations, he reveals his eccentric workout regimen which, as Drew McIntyre mentioned, involves a trampoline and light weights.
‘The Tribal Chief’ is set to defend his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against long-time nemesis Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. This will be the third showdown between the pair since Lesnar finally returned to WWE last year.
Assuming Reigns is booked to win at The Biggest Party of the Summer, the Drew McIntyre title bout would be a natural next step for WWE.
Before Randy Orton’s unfortunate back injury, WWE had already begun planting seeds for a McIntyre/Reigns feud via ‘The Chosen One’s affiliation with RK-Bro.
Rumours circled that the initial plan for Reigns was to defend his title against Riddle (which he did last month on SmackDown), then Randy Orton at SummerSlam, and then Drew McIntyre.
Despite Orton’s injury derailing this long term booking, McIntyre‘s front and centre placement on the Clash at the Castle poster implies he’s still on track.
While not enjoying the acclaim of it’s American counterpart, NXT UK has helped launch the WWE careers of Gunther (then-known as WALTER), Rhea Ripley and Butch (then-known as Pete Dunne).
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.