So I was randomly watching the WM26 Money in the Bank match today and literally said out loud "Oh yeah, Drew McIntyre, he once existed."
Can I ask what the hell happened to this guy? He got a huge push from the get-go, a protected IC title run, a big angle against Teddy Long that made him essentially the #2 heel on Smackdown and no less than Vince McMahon himself called him the company's next big star on air. Then....nothing. Now he's a jobber to the stars on the lower-card shows.
Did his marriage/breakup with Tiffany prove to be that damaging, or did the company sour on him for some other reason? I find it hard to believe that this guy hasn't been given a second chance yet --- good wrestler, great entrance, "looks tough in airports," good enough at promos. Was it just that Wade Barrett usurped the role as tough guy from the UK, or what?
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Did his marriage/breakup with Tiffany prove to be that damaging
Pretty much this. Not that he's still being punished for that, but he was so damaged after they got that out of the system that he hasn't been worth the effort to rebuild. There must be people who still seem the same upside you (and others) see because they haven't cut him, but it's saying something that Drew hasn't even gotten one of the half effort pushes that go to Jack Swagger or Jinder Mahal.
What exactly happened with his marriage that hurt his career so much? I know they got married while she was still in the company, then she either divorced him before or after she was terminated. What did she say or do that got McIntyre in so much trouble though? Was it a John Morrison situation?
Originally posted by CruelAngel777What exactly happened with his marriage that hurt his career so much? I know they got married while she was still in the company, then she either divorced him before or after she was terminated. What did she say or do that got McIntyre in so much trouble though? Was it a John Morrison situation?
Tiffany was arrested for domestic violence at a hotel, if I remember correctly.
So in a way it could be "A John Morrison situation" in that McMahon's probably not very happy that Drew wasn't man enough to stop his wife from attacking him (from Vince's point of view).
The domestic abuse charge was just part of the problem. Earlier in that day, the two had went to a Playboy party after specifically being told not to attend Playboy functions. After they arrest, the two decided not to tell WWE anything had happened, and WWE found out thru the news like everyone else.
That is the only incident that got out, but the implication had always been that there were more problems with them, and between Tiffany and WWE management before she left the company. I don't remember any specifics.
That's pretty bizarre. You can pork half of the Divas on the roster, go on a radio show and expose a divas locker room sexual history, shit in a divas bag, supposedly get a diva you aren't married to pregnant then fired, and beat your wife up who is also part of the roster and it doesn't derail your push in the least.
Let your wife literally or figuratively slap you around and it's curtains for your career? Ha ha, Oh Vince is a silly goose.
What happened between McIntyre and Tiffany was their own private business, so I couldn't judge whether Drew's push was affected by that or not.
Here's what I do know, from my own perspective. When I started recapping SD, he was one of the worst wrestlers on the roster and was getting pushed to the moon. He was great on the mic and terrible in the ring. Then came the Kelly Kelly angle (which I recall was The E's response to turfing Tiffany, because they're a classy bunch!) and I started to notice McIntyre gradually get better. He was adding stuff to his moveset, using a lot more cool psychology-based spots, and adding all that to his already-decent mic work.
Then a funny thing happened. The Kelly Kelly angle was abruptly dropped without any sort of blowoff and Drew started on jobber duty, because...well...just because! And I hated it, because he was actually TRYING! How do you strap a rocket to the guy's ass when he's terrible and borderline unwatchable and then start jobbing the guy AFTER he starts showing improvement? I remember the same thing happened with Chris Masters and it didn't make any sense then, either!
And don't get me started on the Drew McIntyre losing streak/firing angle that wound up going nowhere.
"Congratulations, Drew! You beat Hornswoggle and got your job back! Let's celebrate by taking you off TV and pretending none of this ever happened!"
Oh wow this match is superb - it will be great to have it on DVD. If I HAVE to come up with something to complain about, the Hart/Smith bloodbath from In Your House 5 (Dec 1995) really should have been included.