As of late, it has been difficult to tell whether the WWE has been trying to push Drew McIntyre or put him down. As a fan of his abilities both in-ring and on the mic, I was constantly bemoaning his lack of promotion while he was on RAW.
His move to SmackDown, I naively hoped, would be the start of the first real push he has had since he dropped the Intercontinental Championship back in May of 2010. Following the switch, however, the former "Chosen One" went on to lose to Ted DiBiase as well as suffer humiliating defeats against Ezekiel Jackson and Santino.
I honestly have no idea why they are keeping a man who is decently over with the crowd as a heel (especially for how poorly he has been booked for the last year and a half). Currently the United States, tag team and world heavyweight champion all come out to relatively dead audiences.
I do understand that Daniel Bryan is slowly turning heel, and Jack Swagger hasn't held a title in a long time. Neither of those facts, however, changes how they all get no pop right now (despite better than average in-ring ability).
Drew McIntyre has the look, the skill on the mic and the move set to be a great competitor if he is given a solid chance. I want the Royal Rumble to be that chance.
Now, before you start burning me at the stake in the comments, I know that The Chosen One has a smurf's chance in a blender to win the Rumble. Most likely Chris Jericho, Randy Orton or Wade Barrett will be moving on to WrestleMania, but that doesn't mean that Drew McIntyre can't benefit from the 30-man battle royal.
Personally, I would love to see him eliminate Sheamus and go on to feud with the Celtic Warrior on SmackDown. Currently, Sheamus is not in any title feud, and a few matches between these two could really put McIntyre in a place where he could perhaps win back the Intercontinental Championship (or at least have a shot at it.)
Bleachers, do you think Drew McIntyre will get a chance to shine in the Royal Rumble, or will his time in the match be forgotten as quickly as it was over?