Backstage Update on Plans For Drew McIntyre Before Injury, Is He Main Roster Bound?

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Drew McIntyre suffered an injury to his left arm during last weekend’s NXT Takeover: WarGames special, which is believed to be either a full or partial biceps tear. We should have more information soon as McIntyre is evaluated by doctors.

The best case scenario, if indeed the injury was to his biceps, is a partial tear that has an estimated recovery time of 3-6 weeks. A full tear would set him back in the neighborhood of 4-6 months. Scott Dawson of The Revival suffered a similar injury back in August and should be back on television within the next few weeks, but wrestlers are well known for recovering faster than most.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, talk backstage was that McIntyre dropping the NXT Championship to Andrade Almas was most likely done to set up his move to the main roster. There’s no confirmation yet on whether or not that is officially the case, but it’s tradition for a top star to drop the title right before a call-up, and Meltzer noted that he was scheduled to make the move “relatively soon”.

Of course, when he does arrive on the main roster this will be McIntyre’s second run with the promotion. He originally debuted back in 2009 after a two-year run in developmental, and was dubbed as “The Chosen One”, a very real gimmick based on Vince McMahon considering him as a future main event superstar at the time. He was released in 2014 after years of going nowhere, but had a chance to reinvent himself on the indies and found major success in both Evolve and Impact Wrestling.

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