WWE has used the “chosen one” gimmick a million times and most recently, it appears that Seth Rollins is that man (though they haven’t used that term for him just yet). Maybe, they’re hesitating to use the term because one Drew McIntyre was given that title a while back and he’s now on the outside of WWE — looking through the window — wondering how he’s going to get back in.
In a recent interview with Daily Record, McIntyre vows to come back to the organization that he called home for the better part of seven years.
McIntyre was quoted as saying, “It was a shock because I was already booked to continue performing on TV and touring all over the world.”
There’s no question that McIntyre has the look to become a star, but there’s always been something missing — something standing in his way. When he broke onto the scene in 2009 (after an extremely brief debut in 2007) as the “Chosen One,” McIntyre looked like he was on the path to stardom. He had the backing of Vince McMahon himself, who even went so far as to call him a “future World Champion.”
McIntyre was never a star in the ring or on the mic, but he was always able to hold his own. He had a solid run as the Intercontinental Champion back in December of 2009, though he was quickly falling into that mid-card purgatory that so many wrestlers fall victim to. He faced the likes of Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy and Christian — which might be fun to watch — but they’re not the kind of opponents you want to face if you’re looking to get into the main event.
After toiling in the weeds and having an ugly breakup with his wife of a year (Taryn Terrell), McIntyre was essentially relegated to curtain-jerker duty, as he was put together with Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater to form the 3 Man Band. He stayed a part of the group for almost three years before being released in June of 2014.
For a performer, being on the main roster is an accomplishment in and of itself, but being buried as a comedic act that gets paid to job to other stars can’t be good for one’s psyche. If McIntyre had the same kind of fire and intensity during his WWE run that he’s showing away from the company, he may never have had to hit rock-bottom-jobber status in the first place.
Will Drew ever make it back to the WWE? The company has always been willing to bring performers back and it looks like he was taken off the roster due to budget cuts. I’d be surprised if McIntyre didn’t make it back once the very cyclical WWE gets back on it’s financial feet.
Note: McIntyre will be making his debut with Family Wrestling Entertainment in October 2014 in Brooklyn, New York.