Drew McIntyre, a young man with so much talent and the look of a superstar. He first graced our screens in 2006 for a brief period, went down to developmental, and came back in 2009 on our screens and instantly came in with a tag to live up to. He was Vince McMahon's 'Chosen One', but over the 2 year period of this gimmick we saw the fall from grace of this young talent. How did Drew end up from the top prospect in the company to being part of the wheel in 3MB? Does Drew deserve to be where he is now or is he really worth the 'Chosen One' title he had when he first came in? I look back at McIntyre's time in WWE and I give my thoughts on where I see Drew going in the next few years.
Drew came to the Smackdown brand in 2009, disregarding his previous time on WWE television, and established himself as a villain by attacking R-Truth as he entered the ring. McIntyre continued to attack Truth over the following weeks, claiming to be on the show to wrestle not to party like Truth. Eventually, Mr. McMahon introduced McIntyre as a "future World Champion" that he had personally signed, after which Truth made a return attack against McIntyre. McIntyre then faced and defeated John Morrison a few weeks later, putting him in line for Morrison's Intercontinental Championship at TLC, where he went on to win the Intercontinental Title, his first championship in WWE.
Following this, McIntyre didn't really have much happen in terms of progression. He was drafted in April 2011 to the Raw brand but featured very rarely on Raw and was confined to dark matches and WWE Superstars. He then faced Justin Gabriel on Superstars and won a Smackdown contract, and McIntyre moved back to Smackdown in December 2011. He was briefly fired for a week by Teddy Long before being re-instated by John Laurinaitis. On the September 21 episode of SmackDown, McIntyre and Jinder Mahal interfered in a match between Heath Slater and Brodus Clay by attacking Clay, aligning themselves with Slater. The trio became known as the Three Man Band, later shortened to 3MB. Since then, McIntyre has lingered in the under card as part of 3MB.
Was McIntyre really worth the 'Chosen One' title from when he first came in? It can certainly be said that the title gave Drew big shoes to fill and set a very high expectation on him. Fans expected a high standard from McIntyre each time he set foot in the ring, despite it being a storyline tag. Was it too much too soon maybe to put him in this position? I certainly don't think it helped Drew, despite his in ring talent, his mic work left something to be desired at the time for me. He just wasn't ready to be thrust into the spotlight he was given.
You can equally ask about whether or not McIntyre is wasted in 3MB? He has come along since he came in as the 'Chosen One' and is definitely a great talent in the ring. His mic work still could do with improving, but as with everything it needs time and dedication on his part and WWE's part. He is clearly the standout star in that faction for me and I do believe his talent is being wasted right now. Drew should be given the chance to progress himself away from 3MB and have a chance at another singles run. I believe that given the time he could really push himself. His frustration shows itself, he feels he should have a better spot on the card, and I agree with him. He has tried too hard in the past to prove his point, but he is clearly the most popular star of the trio with the fans.
What does the future hold for Drew? Well, as with anything in the WWE, 3MB clearly isn't going to last forever. The fact is McIntyre needs to continue working hard and proving himself to the higher ups in the company by getting noticed for the right reasons. This will position him for a chance at success. If he doesn't focus then I see the outcome sadly being him jobbing for the rest of his career, or being released from the company. If he was successful, then I firmly believe given some work on his mic skills that McIntyre could easily put together a run for, and perhaps even become, one of the WWE's champions. I firmly believe he can be the future of the WWE, he just needs to focus and remain determined. He will never be the face of WWE, but he could put together a challenge to certainly be one of the top guys in the company.
As always, I look forward to seeing your comments and thoughts on McIntyre. Do you think he deserves a better spot than he has? Or do you believe McIntyre is firmly where he should be and should destined to a life at the bottom of the WWE ladder? As always, I look forward to seeing your thoughts and responding to you. For my next article I will be giving my thoughts on where WWE can go potentially with some of their angles following on from Night of Champions.