Drew McIntyre is getting this weekend off instead of wrestling at WWE live events as scheduled. It’s due to an injury, so WWE is playing it safe by giving the Smackdown star a break.
On the July 29th edition of WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown, Drew McIntyre beat his longtime friend/rival Sheamus in a Donnybrook Match to earn a shot at the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
The day following Drew’s win was SummerSlam, which saw Roman Reigns defeat Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing Match (thanks to help from The Usos) to retain the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
McIntyre’s win set up for the main event at WWE Clash at the Castle, which takes place in Cardiff, Wales on September 3rd. It will be McIntyre’s first televised match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship since he was drafted to Smackdown last October. McIntyre has done a lot of promotion for Clash at the Castle because he’s from Scotland and the show is in Wales, so it’s “home” turf for him representing the United Kingdom.
Last night on Smackdown, McIntyre was attacked by The Usos following a distraction from Scarlett. Later on Smackdown, Drew got revenge by beating up The Usos backstage. That led to The Usos challenging Drew to a tag team match and after Madcap Moss stepped up to team with the Scottish Warrior, McIntyre got the win for his team.
McIntyre was scheduled for WWE live events this weekend, but a new report from Fightful Select noted that McIntyre has been pulled from the shows he was advertised for. The reason for that is because McIntyre has been dealing with a back injury. The report from Fightful calls it a “rough back injury” that led to WWE deciding to give Drew a bit of a break and rest ahead of his huge match in three weeks.
Even though McIntyre is missing this weekend’s WWE live events, he is fully expected to be part of Clash at the Castle for his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match against Roman Reigns on September 3rd.
This week’s WWE live events are a mix of the Raw and Smackdown rosters. Some weekends they have separate brand live events. There’s a live event in Salisbury, Maryland tonight (Saturday) and then Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday.
Next Friday’s Smackdown is in Montreal with WWE promoting Reigns and McIntyre meeting for a “face to face” confrontation to build to their Clash at the Castle match.