Drew McIntyre Reportedly Not Injured On Smackdown
Drew McIntyre was booked in a six-man tag team match on Smackdown this past Tuesday, teaming with The Bar against The New Day. However, he mysteriously vanished midway through the match, walking behind the fans on the side during the commercial break. This led to speculation that he may be injured.
However, in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that McIntyre was not injured, and in fact was booked to leave the match early as he did.
He said: “In fact, he was not hurt at all. He was booked that way. Everything went exactly like it was supposed to go. This is the idea…which I’m not even knocking the idea, I’m just telling you what the idea was. The idea was that Drew McIntyre lost at Wrestlemania to Roman Reigns, management felt it was very important to protect Drew McIntyre because they need him to be a top guy now. Sheamus and Cesaro were going to lose the match, so they didn’t want Drew anywhere near the visible scene, even on the losing side of a six-man tag, they didn’t want him there. The idea is that when you watch the match and Kofi Kingston pins I think Sheamus with the Trouble in Paradise, you forget that Drew is even in the match and therefore he’s not hurt.“