Backstage Update On Drew McIntyre’s WWE Contract Status Following Money In The Bank

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A new report reveals whether or not Drew McIntyre signed a new WWE contract ahead of his surprise Money in the Bank return.

At Money in the Bank on July 1st, Drew McIntyre returned to WWE for the first time since WrestleMania. Leading up to the event, reports emerged that his presence at the show was anything but certain as there was “no buzz” internally about him making a return on UK soil.

However, after Gunther successfully defeated Matt Riddle to retain the Intercontinental Championship, the sounds of McIntyre’s theme rang out throughout the O2 Arena to a huge ovation from the London crowd. McIntyre and Gunther came face to face, and appear to be setting up a SummerSlam match for the championship McIntyre failed to capture at WrestleMania.

During McIntye’s hiatus from WWE television, reports swirled that he had yet to sign a new contract with the company, and that his deal is expected to expire before the end of 2023. There were also reports that the star was unhappy with the creative direction for his character, and that creative decision and money were the biggest factors in deciding whether or not to re-sign.

Following the PLE, Triple H spoke at a press conference and confirmed that McIntyre had been dealing with an injury during his time away. He dismissed rumors of creative disputes, saying that any issues McIntyre had with the company would be news to him.

Now, an update from Fightful Select reveals that, while McIntyre is indeed back in WWE and headed toward a program with Gunther, he has not yet signed a new WWE contract. This was confirmed by PWInsider, who claimed that the two sides have yet to begin discussions as there’s “so much time left.” The Fightful report also notes that he was in “continuous contact” with Triple H during his hiatus, though he wasn’t told ahead of time where he would be drafted.

Fightful also mentions that McIntyre’s return was kept very quiet within the company. He was not brought to press events and took the opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones while in the UK.

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