Drew McIntyre must defeat Roman Reigns at WWE Clash at the Castle


“The Time Is Now” is a popular phrase that is rightly linked to John Cena, as it has been for years. But those words hold meaning to Drew McIntyre as he heads into a major title matchup against Roman Reigns at WWE Clash at the Castle. Reigns’ near three-year run should come to an end in Cardiff, kicking off the championship run that McIntyre deserves after being a pillar in the WWE through times of uncertainty.

Two years ago, McIntyre was tabbed as the man to dethrone Brock Lesnar. Heading into the Royal Rumble, it was clear that his build would lead to a match between the two men at WrestleMania, and that’s exactly what viewers saw. But they saw it from the safety of their homes as COVID-19 raged across the planet, nearing bringing the professional wrestling industry to a halt.

During the global pandemic, McIntyre experienced two championship runs totaling more than three hundred days. But his time with the WWE Championship never felt as momentous as expected. The inability to welcome fans, the lackadaisical booking, and the emergence of this iteration of Reigns completely overshadowed everything McIntyre did as champion during the pandemic. Now, the time is to put the belt around his waist and completely wipe those memories away.

Everything about this event has set the stage for McIntyre to take the championship. WWE is returning for its first major stadium event in the United Kingdom since the 1992 SummerSlam. Yes, that SummerSlam that featured the twenty-five-minute classic between Bret Hart and the British Bulldog. Much like that was a crowning moment for Davey Boy Smith, Clash at the Castle is the perfect opportunity to cap off what has been an impressive return to the main event for McIntyre.

The other side of the coin features Reigns, who continues to openly talk about not being as present as he’s been in the past. That point, coupled with the report of the USA Network pushing to have a title featured on Monday Night Raw creates the space for Reigns to finally drop the championship in what will be an important event for the WWE. McIntyre is the perfect individual to secure the victory as well because there are ready-made challengers like Karrion Kross, Kevin Owens, and others waiting in the wings.

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Whenever wrestling fans hear “The Time Is Now,” they will continue to think of Cena’s theme song. But looking at all that McIntyre has been through and his place in the WWE, there isn’t any better time than Saturday, September 3 to put the championship around his waist.