Drew McIntyre won a brutal Elimination Chamber match on Sunday, but then The Miz defeated him for the WWE Title by cashing in his Money In The Bank contract. The Scottish Warrior wasn’t even on RAW this week, but there was a storyline reason for his absence.
WWE set up a title show for Bobby Lashley next week on RAW. That wouldn’t have been very easy if McIntyre was around. Dave Meltzer further explained this logic on Wrestling Observer Radio.
“No mention of his name pretty much. Well, I think that the feeling is that if he was on the show then he’d have to kill Miz and they didn’t want him killing Miz this week, because what would you do with him on the show if your direction was Lashley getting a title shot next week?”
“I mean the thing is him being there would have been a negative because then you’ll be going, ‘Why didn’t he get a title shot? And why isn’t he beating up Miz immediately because he’s the one who got screwed. Why isn’t he beating up Lashley for screwing him?”
They decided not to go with any angle that would remove Drew McIntyre from the building. Instead, they just didn’t book him on the show at all. As of this writing, we have heard nothing, like an injury, that physically kept McIntyre from appearing on RAW. He simply wasn’t booked.
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