It has been a 12 months to overlook… however not for Drew McIntyre.
The coronavirus pandemic has dominated massive elements of 2020 with everybody’s day by day lives altering in a roundabout way.
But WWE has functioned all through the pandemic behind closed doorways since March and McIntyre’s journey to the highest began on January 27 when he received the 30-man Royal Rumble match.
Even when he had not been the final man standing, he would have been remembered for eliminating then WWE champion Brock Lesnar with an emphatic Claymore kick.
That might plant the seeds for a two-month feud with The Beast, which culminated in McIntyre defeating him for the WWE Championship in the primary occasion of WrestleMania 36.
McIntyre was presupposed to raise his first world title in entrance of 65,000 followers on the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, however as a result of pandemic, he stood tall in WWE’s Efficiency Centre with tens of millions watching from dwelling.
Not solely did McIntyre dwell as much as Vince McMahon’s declaration – when the WWE chairman publicly tipped him to be a future world champion in 2009 – he additionally grew to become the primary ever British wrestler to carry the gold.
The Scottish Psychopath might have been forgiven if his first world title reign did not dwell as much as expectations given there was no dwell crowd to feed off.
Nevertheless, that was not a difficulty for McIntyre, who has had a number of stellar matches this 12 months.
From Seth Rollins at Cash within the Financial institution to Roman Reigns at Survivor Sequence, McIntyre has been scarily good, whereas pulling off excellent promos.
Drew McIntyre’s greatest matches of 2020
- Drew McIntyre vs Seth Rollins, Cash within the Financial institution
- Drew McIntyre vs Roman Reigns, Survivor Sequence
- Drew McIntyre vs AJ Types vs The Miz, TLC
- Drew McIntyre vs Randy Orton, Hell in a Cell
- Drew McIntyre vs Randy Orton, Uncooked
- Drew McIntyre vs Brock Lesnar, WrestleMania 36
You possibly can have the world’s greatest wrestlers, but when they will’t inform a narrative, they’re all however doomed.
One phase that won’t get the popularity it deserves is when McIntyre fought longtime buddy Heath Slater on Uncooked.
Slater had been launched by WWE in April because of the coronavirus pandemic and made a shock one-off return to Uncooked in June.
He misplaced to McIntyre in simply 25 seconds and was then overwhelmed up by Dolph Ziggler. McIntyre got here to his buddy’s support, earlier than the pair embraced one another with a hug within the ring.
McIntyre has that invaluable talent of constructing followers spend money on no matter he does, even when it includes lesser skills like Slater.
His summer season feud with Randy Orton could have gone on for a match too lengthy, however it as soon as once more highlighted how huge a star he has develop into.
McIntyre surprisingly misplaced his title to Orton in a brutal Hell in a Cell match on the namesake pay-per-view in October, however received it again simply 22 days in a while Uncooked.
WWE’s inventive group has been criticised when a champion loses his title and appears content material with simply transferring on… Kofi Kingston and The Fiend are prime examples (or victims) of that kind of reserving.
However not McIntyre, who confirmed one other facet to his character together with his obsession of going after Orton.
It stays to be seen why WWE took the title off McIntyre… did they realise that they had made a mistake and put it again on him in time for Survivor Sequence? Perhaps.
It was a choice that paid off with a babyface McIntyre and heel Reigns tearing the home down with a Match of the Yr contender.
McIntyre misplaced, however nonetheless got here out wanting robust, and has even teased a rematch with Reigns at WrestleMania.
WWE has struggled to construct high babyfaces as world champions for the reason that John Cena days, simply ask Reigns, who’s now thriving as a nasty man.
However it’s truthful to say they’ve lastly discovered one in McIntyre, who seems set to remain on the high of the cardboard for years to return.