What's up, Bleachers? As you know, my name is PS Maraj and I have decides to start a series of articles titled WWE: What Happened? They will feature WWE superstars and/or storylines that had potential, but WWE dropped the ball with them. These articles will contain three parts:
1. The storyline/wrestler's success and potential early on, and the events that led to its/their current state.
2. The factor(s) that caused WWE to drop the ball.
3. What, if anything, can be done by WWE to save this storyline/wrestler.
So I thought, what better way to start off this list than with the guy who at one time, was thought to be the future of WWE, but is now jobbing to Zack Ryder in dark matches.
The guy I am referring to is, of course, Drew McIntyre. Let's go back to September 2009. McIntyre, after establishing himself by assaulting a face R Truth, McIntyre was personally introduced by Vince McMahon, who declared that McIntyre was a future world champion.
He was also rumored to have the blessing of Shawn Michaels himself. McIntyre went on to soundly win his feud with R Truth, followed by dominating a feud with Finlay. McIntyre would then win the Intercontinental title from John Morrison.
He went on to successfully defended the title against established foes such as Morrison and Kane, remaining undefeated the whole time. However, his undefeated streak came to an end at the hands of the Undertaker, on March 19.
McIntyre then failed to win the Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania 26, which was a surprise to many fans. It was at this point that McIntyre's career would take a turn for the worse. He would begin a feud with WWE veteran Matt Hardy.
This storyline was an interesting one, which also involved Smackdown GM Teddy Long. However, unfortunately for Drew, it featured him losing his title to Kofi Kingston, losing to Matt Hardy in their last one-on-one encounter in late June and him being kicked off of Smackdown until he apologized to Teddy the next week, losing nearly all his heat in the process.
Drew would go on to win the tag team titles with "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, but the team lost the titles a month later, before breaking up. After the break-up of the "Dashing Ones" or whatever the hell they called themselves, Drew was basically lost in the shuffle.
He was mainly used as a jobber to top stars such as Rey Mysterio and Edge. However, he did start a storyline near the end of 2010, which many thought had great potential, with Kelly Kelly. Many thought that the storyline would lead to a face turn by Drew, which would be followed by a push.
Alas, it wasn't meant to be and WWE ended up dropping the ball with this storyline and putting Drew back in the same "jobber to the stars" position that he was in before.
However, he was still able to earn himself a spot in the 2011 Elimination Chamber, where, in my and many others' opinion, he shined. He didn't eliminate anyone, but he really did look like a top star in that match. Finally, it looked like Drew's push was coming. Unfortunately, it didn't.
McIntyre was left off the card at Wrestlemania and was drafted to Raw three weeks later, where he still resides. Drew McIntyre soon dropped his Chosen One gimmick, in favor of his current gimmick as The Great Scottish Jobber. Oh, sorry, I mean, the Great American Nightmare.
Drew McIntyre's current state has left many fans wondering "Why?" Did he piss off a booker backstage? Did he show up to an event high? (yeah I'm looking at you, Jeff) No, the truth is, that it was his marriage to former WWE diva, Taryn "Tiffany" Terrell that ultimately screwed up his career.
Look at the facts and you'll see that after the marriage, which took place in May, Drew's career first started to fall. He lost his Intercontinental title either right before, or right after the marriage and soon lost his feud with Matt Hardy and Teddy Long.
Then, on Aug. 8, 2010, Tiffany was arrested for domestic assault, during an argument with McIntyre. She was subsequently suspended by WWE and released in November, two months later. Drew's career was really struggling at this point, with him being used mainly as a jobber-to-the stars.
Also, just when it looked like Drew would be getting a decent storyline with Kelly Kelly, Tiffany apparently had a problem with it and was probably the main reason that the angle didn't play out.
With the couple separating and reportedly getting a divorce soon, it's no wonder that McIntyre's career has been suffering.
McIntyre's career may be in the toilet as of right now, but I still believe that he can recover from this and someday, become a world champion one day.
Remember, he is only 24 years old. He has lots of time to turn his career around. He also has a great look, above-average in-ring ability and good mic skills.
Also, a notable fact is that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, mentioned that he is considering taking the young McIntyre under his wing.
While he may or may not have been serious, a partnership between the two could actually be very helpful to McIntyre, whether it's a behind-the-scenes partnership, an onscreen partnership or both.
The first step towards the road to recovery for McIntyre's career would be to trade him to Smackdown, where he won't get lost in the shuffle. Drew should make his first appearance on Smackdown by interrupting a match between Daniel Bryan and Ted DiBiase, assaulting both men, but especially Bryan.'
Drew would then cut a promo about how it makes him sick that "losers" like Daniel Bryan are having so much success, while he is held down. He would go on to blame his recent shortcomings on the fact that he is Scottish and he is being discriminated against by the company, before finishing Bryan off with a DDT, starting their feud.
I would have the two men feud for about six weeks, with McIntyre failing to Bryan in both of their matches on Smackdown. The two would then have one last match at Night of Champions, and it would be a No Holds Barred match.
I would have McIntyre win this match, after a 15-minute clinic, but just barely. He looks to hit a Future Shock on Bryan after the match, but he changes his mind at the last second and instead, he and Bryan would shake hands, effectively turning Drew face.
As a face, I think McIntyre could do a lot more with his career at this point. If you've seen some of his pre-WWE stuff, back when he wrestled under the name Drew Galloway, you'd know that he's actually a pretty good face.
Also, Smackdown is overflowing with heels at the moment and even if Sheamus does turn face, guys like Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett would still need new guys to feud with. Assuming Barrett wins Money in the Bank (which I hope he does) Cody Rhodes and his lackey, DiBiase, could feud with McIntyre.
All three of these guys are good in the ring, and all, especially Rhodes, are good on the mic. This feud would especially make sense, seeing as Rhodes and McIntyre used to be a team, so announcers can play the "these men know each other very well" card, during their feud.
Regardless of who wins the feud, both will benefit from it and McIntyre could finally take his rightful place in the upper midcard, with a career that will only get better from there.
Well, that's it for this article. Thank you guys for your time. Feel free to leave a comment below, with ideas for future articles similar to this one. And remember, constructive criticism is always appreciated.