Drew McIntyre has revealed that there were plans which would have seen him take on The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26.
Recalling the run up to the 2010 showpiece, McIntyre said that he found out that Undertaker had been positioned as a mentor to the young Scot. This relationship was then supposed to lead to a match between the pair, potentially at WrestleMania 26.
As it tuned out the rumoured match didn’t come to fruition with McIntyre being added to the Money In The Bank Ladder Match instead. A match the Scottish Warrior was initially told he was going to win.
Writing in A Chosen Destiny, McIntyre recalled the change in plans.
“As far as I knew, Vince McMahon had put Undertaker in charge as my mentor and in the same conversation said the goal was to build up to a big match between us. I found out later that this was mooted for WrestleMania XXVI, which would have been amazing. (Not as good then as it would be now, with where I’m at as a performer, but it would still have been a great story.) Technically, it wouldn’t have been a main event, because those are for the WWE title matches, but any match with Taker is considered a major event. At the time I was just happy to hear I would be in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, as this was my first WrestleMania, and I didn’t actually know that a possible match-up with the Taker was the original plan. Better still, I was told in advance I would be winning the Money in the Bank match.”
However, those plans were also changed. The two-time WWE Champion went on to explain that he felt “elbowed aside” as the change of plan wasn’t explained to him.
“To beat nine fellow Superstars for the coveted contract would have been a massive deal and the next logical stage for my spoiled character. What was disappointing was that it became clear that I wasn’t winning the Money in the Bank match after all – because it was ‘too obvious’. The change of plan wasn’t communicated to me or explained. It just happened, and I felt elbowed aside. In the event, Jack ‘the All-American American’ Swagger took the honours, defeating Christian, Dolph Ziggler, Evan Bourne, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, MVP, Shelton Benjamin and me. As I’ve said, I’m good at blocking out negative thoughts, but in retrospect I see that episode as a bit of a double-whammy for a young guy just concentrating on trying to figure out himself, his character and his responsibility to make the most of this new high-profile position he found himself in.”
On a lighter note, McIntyre also recalled having to carry Bret Hart to bed after a particularly heavy night out. The Scot who had always seen Hart as a hero, got to do the honours alongside Natalya and Jim Neidhart.