Drew McIntyre Misses WWE Raw for the First Time in Nearly a Year

Published 02/23/2021, 12:35 AM EST


Drew McIntyre carried the WWE on his back during the quarantine period and was the highlight of a dark period. His reign featured some incredible moments on Raw, PPV, and one singular SmackDown appearance.

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However, McIntyre’s loss to The Miz at Elimination Chamber devastated the Scotsman.

Drew McIntyre misses WWE Raw for the first time in a year

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Since winning the Royal Rumble in 2020, McIntyre has been a regular appearance on Raw. He is the highlight of the show, and his matches have often been the best television matches of the year.

The fallout episode of Elimination Chamber was going to be an exciting episode, but it lacked Drew. He was majorly responsible for Raw being relevant in 2020, and his rivalries with the likes of Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, Randy Orton, and Goldberg were excellent.

Drew was the true MVP of Monday Night Raw since winning the Royal Rumble in 2020. He defended the WWE Championship multiple times on Raw, against the Big Show, Robert Roode, Bobby Lashley and MVP, and, of course, Keith Lee. His match with Lee is probably the best Raw main event of the quarantine era.

McIntyre was the accurate definition of a fighting champion. Brock Lesnar took the WWE Championship to his farm and sat on it, but McIntyre proved to us every single episode of Raw that he was a worthy champion.

What’s in store for the former champion at WrestleMania?

SINGAPORE – JUNE 27: Drew McIntyre enters the ring during the WWE Live Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 27, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Hub)

Drew McIntyre looked set to defend the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Potential opponents included Edge, Sheamus, Bobby Lashley, and even Brock Lesnar, but the scene is quite contrary.

Miz’s MITB cash in at the Elimination Chamber puts McIntyre’s WrestleMania hopes on the back-burner.

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Bobby Lashley’s attack on Drew warrants a match between the two. McIntyre vs Lashley is a match that we’ve seen before, but it might be the best match to have at WrestleMania. A well-booked babyface vs a well-booked heel is a rarity for WWE in 2021, which means WWE might run with the ball. If Lashley wins the title from the Miz, the match will have a lot more on stake.

McIntyre’s rivalry with Sheamus is still simmering. The Celtic Warrior is desperate for a one-on-one match with his former friend, and we might get it at WrestleMania.

Whether the WWE Championship will be on the line or not doesn’t matter. Sheamus and McIntyre’s feud has surpassed the need for gold and has turned into a bitter, personal feud, and we can’t wait to see them beat the life out of each other.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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