2.) Drew McIntyre needs to be humbled with a challenge that will prevent him from running through the entire roster.
Since dethroning Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36, Drew McIntyre has defeated almost all of the main event heels in the Raw locker room. He has defeated Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, and Dolph Ziggler. Despite the evident predilection for McIntyre as WWE Champion, he needs to be stopped in his tracks before he has no more opponents left to defeat.
The only main event heel left for McIntyre to conquer is Randy Orton. If he does defeat Randy Orton, the long term booking strategies for the WWE Championship would be skewed and stuck in a rut. To prevent this rut, Orton must win. On the other hand, McIntyre has become a tad conceited after his WWE Championship victory against Dolph Ziggler at WWE Extreme Rules 2020.
While uncharacteristic of a babyface, McIntyre’s condescending remarks to Dolph Ziggler substantiate this claim and clearly show signs of the power getting to his head. Since this is his first WWE Championship reign, it is sensible for this to happen. Henceforth, he needs to be humbled with a challenge that will prevent him from running through the entire roster.
Thanks to his tenure and legendary status in the WWE, Orton is the ideal opponent to humble McIntyre with a decisive victory at SummerSlam. This victory will wake McIntyre up, increase his self-awareness, and help him recognize that he is swimming with a shark. This should give him the motivation to win his championship back with minimal underestimation of his opponent.
With WWE Payback 2020 taking place a week after WWE SummerSlam 2020, it would be fitting and thrilling for McIntyre to seek ‘payback’ against Orton in a WWE Championship rematch. Like is being done with Asuka, a solid babyface chase to win back the title won’t hurt and could revamp interest in McIntyre as one of the top stars in the WWE.