It’s been just over a week since NXT Takeover: Wargames. While the excellent was excellent, we were left with the fact that former NXT Champion Drew McIntyre had sustained a serious injury. WWE confirmed there would be checks and now McIntyre himself has confirmed that the injury will keep him out until at least 2018.
The former NXT Champion confirmed the injury on Twitter, where he used his announcement as an opportunity to hint he will be remaining on the NXT brand;
Unfortunately I did suffer an injury during my title defense at TakeOver. I’ve dealt with setbacks before. The reality is, I always come back better…There's a scary thought for whomever is NXT champion come 2018… #TickTock
— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) November 27, 2017
There’s no news on when Drew will be returning to in-ring action. PWInsider speculated that McIntyre may be on the sidelines until April – putting him out of Wrestlemania action. Speculation post-match suggested that he suffered a bicep injury, forcing the match to end sooner than anyone originally planned. This was somewhat obvious in the way the post-match celebration was drawn out.
The big return date to watch will likely be the post-Royal Rumble NXT tapings, currently scheduled for the last week of January. WWE tapes all of its weekly NXT shows up to April’s NXT event there, something McIntyre wouldn’t want to miss if he has any plans on being involved in Wrestlemania weekend.
We’ll just have to wait and see what the plans for Drew end up being.
Would you be disappointed if the former NXT Champion was forced to miss out on Wrestlemania weekend?
Our Take: It’s a real shame that Drew suffered his injury in the way he did, but its good to see he’s already plotting his return. It’s likely we won’t find out just how serious the injury is until McIntyre makes his big return.
It would be a shame if he wasn’t able to make Wrestlemania weekend as an in-ring competitor – if only because he’s been such a huge part of the product these last 12 months.