Drew McIntyre dethroned Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 36 back in April to become the WWE Champion. Since then he has had multiple title defences against names such as Bobby Lashley, Andrade, and Seth Rollins, with the champ set to defend against Dolph Ziggler at Extreme Rules next Sunday.
It is safe to say this is most likely a filler feud that McIntyre will come out victorious, however there has been rumours regarding his Summerslam opponent.
Wrestletalk reported that McIntyre could be set to face The Apex Predator Randy Orton. Orton is at the top of his game at the moment and it was the apparent plan to have the third and final face off with Edge after Orton defeated him in “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” at Backlash, however these plans are down the drain due to Edge being out with injury.
If reports are to be believed, Orton is going to win and begin his fourteenth World Championship reign. This can then add to the feud with Edge as it has been rumoured they will face off again closer to Wrestlemania 37, if not at the show itself, once Adam Copeland has fully recovered.
It would be amazing to see Edge have one more WWE Championship reign as he was synonymous with the title across the late naughties era of WWE. This can also allow him to take on new opponents as the Orton feud has run its course.
These reports must always be taken with a pinch of salt. With WWE, nothing is certain until it airs on your screen.
However, these plans could actually help the Scottish Psychopath.
As much as WWE have been behind him since the Royal Rumble and as hard as Drew has worked, it doesn’t change the fact that COVID-19 has well and truly taken the wind out of his maiden World title reign.
His big win over Lesnar was in an empty Performance Center, as were many of his title matches since. It’s been bad timing and bad luck for McIntyre, who himself has done everything right so far in 2020.
The decision to pair him up with old tag partner Ziggler next – someone who hasn’t really been portrayed as a main event performer for quite some time – has lent credibility to the suggestion that WWE have Drew in a holding position until paying crowds can return to shows.
And this is exactly why there’d be no shame in having him face – and lose to – Orton at Summerslam.
In many cases, such a title switch would come across as WWE pulling the plug on the McIntyre experiment. In this instance, however, he simply deserves a second chance to climb the same mountain, free of the effects the pandemic has had on the product and its visibility.
Once the Orton-Edge deal has concluded at, say, the 2021 Rumble if the Rated R Superstar is good to go by then, McIntyre could make it two Rumbles in a row and have his big moment in front of a huge stadium crowd, finally, at Wrestlemania 37.
Of course, Edge may not even be cleared to return before Mania, and Drew could be the main man chasing The Viper the entire time. There are other ways to play it, too. But one thing’s for sure: losing the WWE Title sooner than he would have without a lockdown would in no way be a sign that McIntyre is done at the top.
Drew himself commented on the rumours of him facing Orton at Summerslam in an interview with talkSPORT:
“I’m excited at the prospect of me and Randy if it comes together. I hope it happens, the internet seems to know about it before I do [laughs]. The story writes itself; we were kids who were given such great opportunities. Randy has all the natural talent in the world, but he was very protected.”
McIntyre has also reportedly been campaigning backstage for WWE to bring Summerslam to the UK. If WWE follows these plans, we could have a moment on par with British Bulldog at the same event in 1992, if McIntyre were to win the WWE Title in Britain.
I know I would be there to support my personal hometown hero, and if the HOW viewing party is anything to go by, the roof would blow off the place in a sold-out arena.