Drew McIntyre has been put through the wringer in WWE, and it is finally paying off. Upon debut in 2007, McIntyre was hand-picked to be the chosen one. The reason for this is quite amusing, as according to Sportskeedia, a writer once said he was “hot”. This is why he was “The Chosen One” in 2008 upon his television return.
McIntyre had the whole world at his feet when Vince McMahon himself revealed him to be the ‘Chosen One’ and even went on to say that the then 23-year-old Scottish star would become a ‘future world champion’. Sure that happened. But it took 12 years.
Despite winning the RAW Tag Team Championship and the Intercontinental Championship, Drew McIntyre had a largely forgettable first run. He was a part of a comic faction along with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal called the 3 Man Band (aka 3MB) before he was eventually released.
Once he was finally free to wrestle, he spent almost three years making a name for himself in places like Impact Wrestling. Ironically, he would find himself and finally become a champion he deserved to be. After nearly three years in the indies, McIntyre would sign with NXT – the WWE’s developmental brand. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength. First, McIntyre became NXT champion, not long after, he won the Royal Rumble. Finally, he became the WWE champion at the “grandest stage of them all” – Wrestlemania 36.
Needless to say, McIntyre’s well-deserved championship run is also long overdue.
What Drew McIntyre Brings To The Table
Standing at 6 ‘ 5” and weighing 265 lbs, the look is certainly there for an intimidating presence. And that’s just what he was when he returned to NXT. Since then, he has transformed his attitude to “fan favorite”.
WWE has not had a superstar of his size that can move like he can, (or even entertain) in a long time. For me, he doesn’t even need to talk much. Watching him fight is fun, and so is watching him conquer challenges that are put in front of him.
Over the past few years, there is no doubt that Drew McIntyre has learned more about speaking (and wrestling). Thankfully, WWE is letting him blaze his own trail as a singles competitor. Not only that but with every opponent, McIntyre is showing us why he deserves to be champion. There are two members of his former 3MB stable remaining – McIntyre and Jinder Mahal.
Where WWE Could Take McIntyre Next
Drew McIntyre arguably was the most entertaining member of 3MB. For me, he was also somewhat of an underdog. To go from “The Chosen One” to 3MB to champion, it was certainly a bumpy road for the Scot. As the past few weeks have indicated, he will fight anyone. Why not get into it with Mahal because of their past?
Whatever the case, he is a beast, and it seems like WWE finally sees that. McIntyre is a battle-tested warrior of wrestling. He can do it all. The sky is the limit for him, and the possibilities are definitely endless. WWE has also let him be more authentic. With that said, his match quality and body language indicate he’s happy. A happy entertainer means better effort.
Truth be told, Drew McIntyre should have always been “The Chosen One”. Once they finally unleashed him, fans and management saw proof.
McIntyre is a big guy, he is agile and he can talk. If you’re a WWE fan, these things matter. As new people are called up, and as the roster gets shuffled around throughout the year, Drew McIntyre will have the ability to fight against many different styles of fighting. With the WWE “wild card” rule being utilized again, the future is bright. Additionally, the diversity of fighting styles brought against McIntyre will be advantageous to both.
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