Drew McIntyre was a big part of WWE’s flagship Monday night program since his return to the company. He carried the WWE Title twice and main evented pay-per-views. Then he was called over to the blue brand during the 2021 WWE Draft. That left him in a bit of a situation.
As Survivor Series approaches, Drew McIntyre is now slated to head-up the SmackDown side against team RAW. This is a bit of an awkward situation, to say the least.
While speaking to Sky Sports, Drew McIntyre opened up a bit about what it feels like at this point to battle his own brand. He felt like a bit of a traitor at first, and that is understandable.
“For me, getting drafted, I almost felt like a traitor,” McIntyre said. “Then I returned to WWE, I was in NXT initially, and then I returned to Monday Night RAW. And there’s where I found myself, made my connection with the fans, became two time WWE Champion, was the face of RAW and was really synonymous with RAW. When you thought Drew McIntyre, you thought Monday Night RAW. Then when I get drafted to Smackdown, I was like ‘wow, I kind of feel guilty.’ Even though it wasn’t my choice that I’m leaving RAW, I’m leaving my place. But sometimes it’s good to get a fresh coat of paint.
“And realistically that’s where it all started for Drew McIntyre. I was signed to WWE in 2007, the first ever Scotsman signed straight to WWE from Scotland. I was on Smackdown my second week in America. They realized I wasn’t quite ready yet, gave me some time in developmental to get ready. I returned to Smackdown as Vince McMahon’s chosen one, was announced by Vince on television as the future of the company, a future world champion. Everything was going amazing, couldn’t have gone any better, until it went terrible and everything fell a part professionally and personally. And it all happened on Smackdown. So for me it’s a chance to put right what once went wrong. Like Quantum Leap. Everything’s come full circle. I’m back on Smackdown and I’m going to make things right.”
Drew McIntyre was a fierce warrior for the red brand for years and now he is on team blue. He wasn’t the only person to get switched off their brand during the WWE Draft, but McIntyre’s departure from the red brand certainly left a hole on their roster that many are looking to fill.
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