From the moment that Drew McIntyre won the 2020 Royal Rumble he has been featured heavily in the main event scene and a regular champion or challenger for the WWE Championship.
After his win at the Rumble, McIntyre went on to beat Brock Lesnar for Monday Night RAW’s top championship at WrestleMania 36. Since then, whether he has been defending or chasing the belt, the Scot has feuded with the likes of Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles and Goldberg. No matter who McIntyre has faced, the WWE Championship has been involved.
This has led to some criticism from fans in recent weeks who feel that McIntyre needs a break from the title picture. Speaking to The A Show on RNC RADIO, the former NXT Champion explained that he understands why fans may be frustrated, while also reflecting on the moments he missed out on while performing without live crowds.
“I think it’s gonna be interesting. The thing about my run is I lost a lot of those big moments with the live fans getting behind me and obviously from before Royal Rumble when I won in 2020 right up to Mania, I was getting the loudest reactions and Mania would have been incredible and I would have had those significant months of significant moments which I missed out on and like we talked about, I have been in and around the WWE Title since January 2020 which is completely insane in today’s day and age and understandably, people can say, okay — I don’t think they’ve ever said, ‘You know what? Drew’s terrible at his job, screw him. We want someone else.’ They’re like, ‘Okay, we like Drew, but we’ve seen him a lot in this situation. Let’s try him over here for a second and let’s see if someone else can step up’ which I’m all about and the trust is — obviously that’s our vocal minority and I’m the biggest wrestling fan ever.”
“I still think like an internet fan if you like at times but also I think about the bigger picture and it’s gonna be interesting to have the live crowds, how they respond to certain talents and I don’t mind either way. All I care about is if people care enough to react, if they cheer, if they boo. As long as there’s not silence or indifference.”
However, it appears that, at least for the time being that McIntyre’s focus is now away from the WWE Title. While competing in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match, The Scot was attacked by Jinder Mahal, Shanky and Veer. This resulted in him being dragged out of the match to the backstage area by the trio.
McIntyre and Mahal have a long history both as partners and rivals which has reignited in recent weeks.
On the following episode of RAW, McIntyre sought revenge on the men who had taken him out the night before. The former world champion arrived wielding a steel chair, nailing all three men before hitting Shanky a remarkable 34 times.
It was a move later criticised by WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who said, that many chair shots should either be used to build a feud of epic proportions or not at all.
H/t to Post Wrestling for the transcription.