While Drew McIntyre’s pen has yet to meet the paper, indications suggest that he will likely ink a new deal with WWE as his current contract approaches its conclusion post-WrestleMania 40.

Emerging victorious in the Men’s Elimination Chamber Match, McIntyre outlasted formidable opponents such as Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley, LA Knight, Kevin Owens, and Logan Paul. This triumph earned him the opportunity to challenge World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 40.

Despite intimations from McIntyre that a new WWE contract has not been finalized, sources within WWE are operating under the assumption that an agreement will be reached. It’s been suggested that McIntyre’s next move will heavily consider his familial commitments as a significant factor in his decision-making process.

Observing McIntyre’s actions, it’s evident that he hasn’t been in a hurry to seal a new deal. Dave Meltzer, speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, shed light on McIntyre’s mindset months ago when he expressed a desire to explore his current character before committing to a contract extension.


Meltzer elaborated, “I was checking with people. And it’s like, look, you know, the belief is that he knows what the situation is. And, you know, he’s already promoting feuds for the summer and the fall. I don’t think he’s planning on going anywhere.”

Meltzer continued, “And the thing with him with the contract, I mean, the thing that he was looking for months ago, when, you know, it was the contract was running out, and he wasn’t in a rush to sign, was number one; he thought that he wanted to do this new character. And if the new character didn’t work out in the booking and the booking wasn’t strong and everything like that, the idea was maybe, maybe go back and spend time with the family and take time off.”

McIntyre’s calculated approach to contract negotiations, coupled with the success of his character evolution, suggests that he may command a higher price tag, reflecting his increased star power and potential for significant storylines upon his return.

In hindsight, McIntyre’s decision to hold off on signing may have been a gamble, but it appears to have paid off positively, positioning him favorably for the future.

How do you think McIntyre’s calculated approach to contract negotiations will impact his future in WWE? Would you have taken a similar approach in his shoes? Share your thoughts below.

Steve Carrier

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