Since falling to Roman Reigns 11 months ago at Clash at the Castle, Drew McIntyre has yet to return to his former self ever since. Having trouble with injuries and bad booking has made McIntyre feel more like a mid-card superstar instead of a main-eventer.
McIntyre’s WWE deal is rumored to be up by the end of this year, and reportedly he has yet to re-sign with the company. If he doesn’t put pen to paper, it immediately makes him a must-get free agent for promotions around the globe, one of those being All Elite Wrestling.
Drew McIntyre is his first run outside of the WWE put on some of the best work of his career in Impact Wrestling, along with other independent promotions in 2015-16, and a run in AEW now would be no different.
The hard-hitting action of Saturday Night Collision would be a perfect fit for Drew McIntyre, and they are going to need him sooner rather than later. With the core group of Collision stars being so small, the roster is eventually going to have to pick up new main event-level talents, and McIntyre is just that.
Imagine the matches with McIntyre feuding with Samoa Joe, Jay White, and CM Punk. It might not be the typical dream matches you immediately think of, but it’s probably better than anything he is currently doing in WWE.
McIntyre could follow the same path as Mr. Brodie Lee and become the leader of a faction when coming over to AEW. Drew has never had the chance to be a leader of a serious group in his career, and AEW should give him the chance to do that.
I look at guys like Josh Woods, Santana and Ortiz, and Roderick Strong that could work as a part of a heel group with McIntyre. Make the group a faction that doesn’t care at all and wants to take over AEW by destroying it from within with unexpected violence and technical wrestling. McIntyre is so much better as a heel historically in his career, and he needs to be a monster heel when he would debut in AEW.
AEW has a great history of taking guys who have had solid gimmicks in the past and turning them back into work-rate wrestlers that they couldn’t be in WWE, and the same applies to McIntyre. He could start the best heel work of his career and get back to being the wrestler we all know he can be. Sure, his matches with Sheamus and Gunther were some of the best in the past year, but to me, it still feels like he is being held back because his gimmick isn’t in exactly the right spot.
It’s time Drew McIntyre searches for that in-ring animal we know he has inside of him and brings it out once again in a place that will let him thrive, this time in AEW.