2. It’s time for Drew McIntyre to move on from the WWE Title
Drew McIntyre has been a strong WWE Champion since winning the title from Brock Lesnar in his crowning moment to close WrestleMania 36’s second night. He cuts great promos, delivers in the ring, and brings credibility to the championship as a bad-ass babyface. Based on his body of work in 2020, McIntyre is entrenched as a top babyface in WWE.
But booking babyfaces is tricky business. McIntyre is a good promo and wrestler, but he’s not the best at either. Randy Orton, Keith Lee, and Seth Rollins are all performing at a higher level than him. That’s no slight on McIntyre, but it’s a reminder that in comparison to his peers, he’s not unequivocally the best.
In order for a babyface to hold the championship for a lengthy period of time, they need to be seen as the unequivocal best, otherwise fans start getting critical. And since we don’t want to see anyone sour on McIntyre, who will only keep boosting his stock and should win the title for a second time in 2021, it’s important for WWE to be proactive.
Taking the title off McIntyre and putting it on someone he’s already beaten is the right move. There’s no shame in losing to Randy Orton, and fans can look at McIntyre’s reign fondly. It’s better to take the title off someone a little too early than a little too late if they aren’t outselling as a babyface.