Drew McIntyre showed up on SmackDown Live this week in order to help out The Bar in a six-man tag team match against The New Day. When the match started, Drew disappeared within three minutes of it starting. Apparently, WWE had their reasons for doing this.
Dave Meltzer noted during Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE didn’t want Drew McIntyre anywhere close to the losing side of that match. So when the match happened, it was decided that McIntyre leaving was the best decision.
“In fact he was not hurt at all. It was booked that way. Everything went exactly as it was supposed to go go. This is the idea and actually I’m not even knocking the idea, I’m just telling you what the idea was that since Drew McIntyre lost at WrestleMania to Roman Reigns that management felt it was best to protect Drew McIntyre because you know they need him to be a top guy. Sheamus and Ceasro were going to lose the the match so they didn’t want Drew McIntyre anywhere near visible on the losing side of a 6-man tag. They didn’t want him there.”
“So the idea is that when you watch the match and Kofi Kingston pins I think Sheamus with the Trouble In Paradise you forget that Drew McIntyre is even in the match and therefore, he’s not hurt.”
We will see what happens to Drew after the Superstar Shake-Up next week.
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h/t to Ringside News for the transcription.