Backstory to how Drew McIntyre became WWE Champion
The backstory of Drew McIntyre winning the WWE Championship started when Drew overcame 29 other wrestlers to win the 2020 Royal Rumble to earn a shot a WrestleMania against The WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg, or NXT Champion Adam Cole. Drew McIntyre chose to face WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. On April 5th, at WrestleMania Night 2, Drew McIntyre defeated Brock Lesnar to become WWE Champion for the 1st time.
1st Title Defense – The Big Show – April 6th, 2020
THE BUILD-UP – After WrestleMania, Drew McIntyre comes back out to do a celebration promo, as McIntyre was talking, The Big Show comes out with a referee, he congratulates Drew for beat Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title. The Big Show pretty much goats Drew into defending the WWE Title in an impromptu match after berating Drew and slapping him.
THE MATCH – The Big Show of course being the fresher guy takes control of Drew McIntyre. Hitting him with power moves and power strikes. Drew after just beating Brock, now has to survive the power onslaught of The World Largest Athlete. The Big Show while in control of the match is just shouting insults to Drew. Like “ Do you want to be WWE Champion bad enough” “ Do you have what it takes to be champion” Drew McIntyre showing resolve gains enough strength to body slam the Big Show. McIntyre seeming to gain control of the match walks into a chokeslam. Normally the match would be over if you take a chokeslam from the Big Show but Drew kicks out at 2 showing the mental toughness it takes to be champion. The Big Show setting up for The Massive right-hand punch misses and instead gets hit with The Claymore for the 3 count. Great victory for Drew McIntyre defeating The Big Show just 10 mins after defeating Brock Lesnar at the main event of WrestleMania 36.
2nd Title Defense – Seth Rollins – (Money In The Bank), May 10th, 2020
THE BUILD-UP – On April 13th, at the end of RAW, Seth Rollins attacked Drew McIntyre after he defeated Andrade, giving him two curb stomps staking claim that he wants a shot at the WWE Championship. April 20th, on RAW Drew McIntyre, issued a challenge to defend his WWE Championship against Seth Rollins at Money In The Bank. Seth Rollins accepted the match because he wants to win the WWE Championship. Rollins believes that WWE needs a leader and thinks he is the perfect leader, not Drew McIntyre. April 27th, on RAW, Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins signed their contracts for their matchup at Money in the Bank. McIntyre and Rollins brawled with McIntyre getting the upper hand at the end. The same thing happened the following week on RAW. After McIntyre beats Murphy. Rollins and McIntyre brawl with McIntyre getting the upper hand.
THE MATCH – The opening sequences of the match was all Drew McIntyre gaining the upper hand on Rollins. Countering everything Rollins tried to do using his power. Rollins caught a break when he took out Drew McIntyre’s left leg and then throwing him into the ring post sending him out of the ring. Rollins gains full control by using two different dives and putting McIntyre in the STO. Rollins is just nailing McIntyre with repeating knee shots. As it looks like McIntyre was done, Rollins goes for yet another dive but this time McIntyre catches him and tosses him into the announcers’ table. Now it’s just back and forth action with Rollins getting the edge. He hits McIntyre with a superkick and a frog splash and Drew kicked out twice at one. In a pretty cool sequence, Rollins has McIntyre upside down on the ropes and then McIntyre sits up a catches Rollins, and does a tremendous suplex. McIntyre then does the countdown to do The Claymore but Rollins catches him with a superkick. Rollins hits McIntyre for the Curvestomp. The match looks like it was over but McIntyre kicks out a two. The ending of the match was when Rollins was going for the Curvestomp again but misses and McIntyre hits him with the Glasgow Kiss, then Rollins hits McIntyre with a superkick which unfortunately gave McIntyre enough momentum to bounce off the ropes and hit Rollins with The Claymore for the three count. What a great match this was.
3rd Defense – Bobby Lashley (Backlash 2020) – June 14th,2020
THE BUILD-UP – May 18th, edition of RAW. Before Drew McIntyre’s match with King Corbin was about to start. Bobby Lashley came out alongside MVP announced that he was putting Drew McIntyre on notice. Lashley going to do everything it took to take the WWE Championship away from McIntyre. The end of RAW on May 25th, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley got into a brawl that had to be separated by WWE Performance Center Trainees. June 1st, after Drew McIntyre victory against MVP. Bobby Lashley attacked Drew with the Full Nelson to close the show.
THE MATCH – Before the match starts. Bobby Lashley catches Drew McIntyre in the Full Nelson. Drew McIntyre is in big trouble as the match starts. Bobby Lashley because of his sneak attack has an early edge as he is just beating down McIntyre in every way possible. Just toying with McIntyre. McIntyre got in a few moves in before Lashley got the upper hand again by throwing McIntyre ribs into the ring post. Then a lot of back and forth with both guys nearly getting the victory by pinfall and submission. The ending of the match came when Lana came out to support her husband Lashley despite Lashley and MVP telling her not to. She got on the ring apron causing a distraction to Bobby Lashley which led to the Glasgow Kiss from Drew to Bobby who knocked Lana off the ring apron and Drew McIntyre hit Bobby Lashley with The Claymore for the win.
4th Title Defense – teaming with R-Truth vs Bobby Lashley and MVP – RAW June 15th, 2020.
THE BUILD-UP – The match was supposed to be a plain tag team match between Drew McIntyre/R-Truth vs Bobby Lashley and MVP. After a backstage segment involving the four competitors, The match was turned into a Winner Takes All match involving the WWE and 24/7 Titles after MVP made the proposal and R-Truth agreeing to it before Drew had something to say about. Drew ended up agreeing to it after being questioned by Bobby. Later on the night R-Truth not understanding what Drew McIntyre was talking about in a previous segment asking him why he put his life work on the line, somehow changed the Winner Takes All match to a Winner of the match wins the WWE Title.
THE MATCH – This match was about showing how Drew McIntyre can overcome the horrible odds against him. Drew felt like it had to be him and him alone to win the match against two opponents. Drew McIntyre was dominating the match early one before out of nowhere R-Truth tagged himself into the match and ended quickly on the wrong side of things against Lashley and MVP. McIntyre is looking concerned as he is watching R-Truth getting beat down and risking losing his WWE Title without even getting pinned. R-Truth somehow gets out of harm’s way and tags McIntyre as he starts to gain back control of the match. At the end of the match, Drew McIntyre hits The Claymore on MVP. Drew then tags in R-Truth, launches R-Truth off the ropes to splash a beaten down MVP for the 3 count.
5th Title Defense – Dolph Ziggler – (Extreme Rules) – July 19th, 2020
THE BUILDUP – June 22nd Episode of RAW, Drew McIntyre was just about to talk about the future as he was interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler announced that he and Bobby Roode was traded to RAW from Smackdown as part of the AJ Styles trade. Ziggler says he wants a WWE Title match at Extreme Rules because it was him that brought McIntyre back from the low of low when he got fired. It was Ziggler that made his career-relevant. Drew McIntyre said he needs an opponent for Extreme Rules and accepts the match. June 29th episode of RAW, during a contract signing Drew McIntyre, is so confident about his match against Dolph that he told him he can name any stipulation for their match at Extreme Rules. July 5th Episode of RAW, Dolph Ziggler told Drew that the stipulation for their match at Extreme Rules will be a secret until the night of the show to keep the advantage on McIntyre. Ziggler also tried to get in McIntyre’s head by trying to drive a wedge and mess with McIntyre’s mind by turning recently fired Heath Slater against McIntyre. It didn’t work. McIntyre ended up getting the best of Ziggler at the end.
THE MATCH – Before the match, Dolph Ziggler announced the stipulations for the match. It was Extreme Rules only for Dolph, If Drew gets disqualified, counted out he loses the WWE Title. The match starts and Dolph goes for weapons early on and Drew stops him before he gets to them. McIntyre is in full control early. Even when Dolph brought out a chair and table, Drew maintained control of the match. Drew McIntyre almost got disqualified when he almost slammed Dolph into a table, instead suplex him on the floor. Dolph got an opening by kicking Drew in the nuts and gaining control. Drew is getting destroyed with multiple chair shots by Dolph including one on his back while resting his head on another chair injuring his neck. Now McIntyre and Ziggler finding themselves in a back and forth battle when McIntyre starts to fight back until Ziggler puts McIntyre into a table with a beautiful elbow drop. Ziggler almost won the WWE Title due to countout. McIntyre got into the ring on the 9 count. Ziggler becomes upset when McIntyre kicks out of several near falls. Ziggler throwing chairs outside of the ring, yelling it’s my time. The ending of the match saw Dolph was aiming for the superkick to McIntyre, McIntyre did a kick up and hit The Claymore on Ziggler for the 3 count.
CURRENTLY – 6TH Title Defense – Randy Orton – (Summerslam) – August 23rd, 2020.
July 27th episode of RAW, Drew McIntyre found himself a new person who wants to go after the WWE Title. His name is Randy Orton. Randy Orton wants the WWE Title and McIntyre has it. Lately, anything Orton has wanted, he has gotten it. Randy Orton will be the biggest test to date for Drew McIntyre as WWE Champion.
In Conclusion – Drew McIntyre has been a great champion. He looks like a world champion and he acts like a world champion. McIntyre has exceeded all expectations of him being a champion. If Randy Orton does beat Drew for the WWE Title, it won’t be the end for Drew as I believe he has shown everyone that he will be a multiple-time WWE Champion for the years to come.