Drew McIntyre is one of the most established WWE Superstars of the past decade and he has seen quite a few highs in WWE, but a lot of lows as well. One such low came when he lost to Roman Reigns at Clash at The Castle back in 2022 and McIntyre admitted he was genuinely upset over this loss.

With Drew McIntyre slated to challenge Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 40, speculation is rife that the Scottish Warrior will emerge from the April 6-7 event as a World Champion.

This wouldn’t be the first time fans expected McIntyre to claim his second world title. Many predicted McIntyre would dethrone Roman Reigns and win the WWE Undisputed Universal Title at the September 2022 Clash At The Castle event in Cardiff, Wales. However, McIntyre fell short in this title match, succumbing to Roman Reigns after an intense 30-minute battle, which coincided with the main roster debut of Solo Sikoa.

In an interview with Gorilla Position, Drew McIntyre revealed his genuine frustration and disappointment after losing the bout against Roman Reigns. He believed that there might have been another way to protect Reigns while also elevating himself in the process.


“I was very very upset, I was frustrated. I understand the bigger picture with Roman and where the company’s going, where he’s going, how necessary it is.

“Personally believed there was maybe another way to figure out how we can protect what’s going on with him, but also elevate McIntyre to where we need him to be for the company. We didn’t do it that night, and I thought we could have maybe should have.

Reflecting on the situation, McIntyre acknowledged Triple H’s emphasis on the bigger picture and the long-term game in WWE. He admitted that winning that night would have changed the story drastically and that wrestling’s unpredictable nature often leads to unexpected opportunities for storytelling.

Despite initial frustrations, McIntyre recognized that wrestling offers constant opportunities for reinvention and storytelling. He concluded by emphasizing the transient nature of success in wrestling, where performers are judged by their latest match or storyline.

“(Triple H) always talks about the bigger picture, the long game. If I’d won that night, the story wouldn’t be the same obviously as it is right now. It’s interesting.

“As frustrated as you might be at the time, if you take the time and you go through the emotions, and you have those emotions stored in mind when you get presented with an opportunity of we can tell this really interesting story now, that is such an important part of it. If it went the way I felt like it should have on the night, we wouldn’t be where we are right now.

“So wrestling’s a funny old thing. The good thing is it’s 52 weeks a year. You’re only as good as your last match, your latest storyline.”

As WrestleMania Night 2 approaches, anticipation is building for the showdown between Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins, as fans want McIntyre to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. As for another potential clash with Roman Reigns, that may not be happening anytime soon.

Do you feel Drew McIntyre should have defeated Roman Reigns at Clash at The Castle back in 2022? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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