Following his match at NXTTakeover: WarGrames, it looked like then-former NXt Champion Drew McIntyre had injured his arm. He grabbed his right arm as a member of the medical staff looked on. There were rumors the Scottish star tore a bicep, an injury that would put him on the shelf for serious time. After a week of silence, McIntyre took to Facebook to announce that he had indeed injured himself during the match.
Unfortunately I did suffer an injury during my title defense at TakeOver. I’ve dealt with setbacks before. The reality is, I always come back better…There’s a scary thought for whomever is NXT champion come 2018… #TickTock
— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) November 27, 2017
This is sad news for the rising star. McIntyre left WWE in 2014 after being relegated to a comedy act. He tore through the global independent scene, winning gold in the UK and on Impact Wrestling. Drew stormed back to NXT and demolished a path of his own on the way to the NXT title. It was a phenomenal assent for a guy that was once written off as a dud in WWE.
Luckily injuries like this only take a lot of time and rest to heal. Perhaps McIntyre will need to undergo surgery, but WWE has state-of-the-art Doctors and trainers who can get him back to fighting shape in a few months time.
What does this mean for the NXT title picture?
McIntyre lost the title to Andrade “Cien” Almas the night of his injury. Presumably, he would have received his re-match at NXT’s Royal Rumble weekend event. Now that he’s out of the picture, who will take his place? I suspect Aleister Black is next in line for a title shot. Other contenders could be The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Johnny Gargano, Lars Sullivan or Roderick Strong.
Who should challenge Almas for the title? Wil McIntyre return stronger than ever? Share your thoughts in the comments below.