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Those hoping for a swift end to Roman Reigns’ Universal Title run are about to be disappointed, because ‘The Big Dog’ won’t be dropping the strap anytime soon.

This is according to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, who claims that WWE plan on building a long, long reign for Roman, who will presumably defeat Braun Strowman in at Hell In A Cell on 16 September.

Though the Strowman feud could conceivably last for several pay-per-view cycles, SI also reckon that Drew McIntyre is being lined up as Reigns’ next opponent. With McIntyre and partner Dolph Ziggler seemingly siding with Braun on this week’s Raw, it’d be a logical continuation of current storylines, and wouldn’t take much effort to put together.

Drew’s main event ascension is something many fans have been pining for since the Scot’s first run with the company. He has been subtly positioned as the star of his main roster double-act with Ziggler, and at the very least, him vs. Reigns is a fresh pairing.

As for Roman, while a repeat of Brock Lesnar’s tedious 504-day run seems unlikely, all signs point towards an extended reign. At least he’ll be on television every week…

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Drew McIntyre’s return to WWE last year took place after he spent three years on the independent scene. He recently spoke to Lilian Garcia on Chasing Glory about his WWE release. McIntyre used his 2014 separation from WWE as motivation to go out and prove himself. However, that didn’t make it any less shocking to get the news he was no longer an employee of Vince McMahon and Company.

“It was a shock initially. At the time, I was doing the 3MB with Jinder and Heath and we were on literally every show so it was very unexpected. Even though I’d see my Twitter popping up that some people have been released or whatever, it still never cross my mind that a missed call from WWE might have been to tell me that I was getting released. I assumed it was ‘Hey Drew, you’re on the road a week earlier.’ When I got it I was like, ‘Oh, okay. I’ll be seeing you very soon.’ And I sat and I thought about it.

“My girlfriend at the time who is now my wife and I had just moved into the apartment that I got the call three days prior. It was our first place together, so I was thinking, ‘how am I going to tell her? How am I going to tell my dad?’ He’s always been my number one fan. I’ve just been released from WWE after eight years and then I get worried about the next step and then eventually I told myself, ‘You know what, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.’ The position I was in it’d be very hard to hotshot me into anything serious. I’d been there for so many years.

“It was the right time to be away from the company for a while and to have learned so much. I really believed in myself and knew this is all I know and I can really do something and the wrestling scene outside of WWE is really picking up, I believe I can make a splash and I was ready to prove it to the world so I got a little excited after the initial shock first.”

During McIntyre’s WWE hiatus, he picked up several championships on the indie wrestling scene. He appeared for promotions like Evolve, Defiant, ICW, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and many more. While using his real name Drew Galloway, he also became TNA World Heavyweight Champion and Impact Grand Champion.

McIntyre had a desire of returning to WWE, but he wanted to go through NXT first. The popularity of NXT drew him in and he wanted to be a part of the passion surrounding WWE’s developmental territory. McIntyre knew he would eventually be back in WWE as well. He saw NXT as an excellent way for a faster return to Raw or SmackDown.

“[NXT] was what I wanted. I told my wife in the beginning when NXT really started catching fire, ‘You know what babe, ideal when I go back there first, if I do my thing here and I get a reputation in the independent scene, then I believe I can get an angle to NXT because it’s such a passionate fan base. I think that would be the place for me to go to really show what I can do. And then when the time is right, because the transition is so much smoother from NXT to RAW and SmackDown because it moves so fast. RAW and Smackdown, there’s so many hours of unique TV every single week all year round.’

“That was the way I saw it and that’s what I told her in the beginning. I told Chris Jericho, he was the first podcast I did. [Jericho is] another one who really helped me in the beginning and really get my message out there was Chris and I told him, ‘I will be back.'”

Dolph Ziggler’s fortunes have skyrocketed lately. Moving to Raw and aligning with Drew McIntyre has given him renewed purpose, and he scored a surprising Intercontinental Title victory on last week’s Raw (18 Jun), ending Seth Rollins’ universally praised reign with a roll-up.

It’s a sharp turnaround for a wrestler whose career had plummeted on SmackDown, where his whiney heel shtick was struggling to gain traction, but according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, it hasn’t come out of nowhere.

Johnson believes that the reason behind Ziggler’s recent push is that Dolph’s contract is set to expire later this summer, and WWE hope it’ll convince him to stick around.

There’s a worry that Ziggler’s re-elevation is temporary, and that if he re-signs, the company could shove him straight down the card. Regardless, ‘The Show-Off’ has found his groove again. The Rollins bouts were widely praised, the McIntyre alliance is full of possibilities, and he hasn’t looked this motivated in years.

Dolph has never been shy of airing his discontent, and admitted he “hated” his position in WWE during an appearance on Edge & Christian’s podcast last December. Time will tell if this new push appeases him, but for now, Ziggler’s in a good place.

NXT brought another spectacular TakeOver event to the table and left fans blown away with the level of storytelling and in-ring action. The only issue is WWE’s main roster is going to have to follow that incredible set of performances the next night at Money In The Bank. Drew McIntyre might not be booked in a match at Money In The Bank but he certainly has a word of warning for anyone on the Raw roster who is willing to listen.

Ever since Drew McIntyre’s return on Raw he’s been sticking with Dolph Ziggler and reminding the Raw Superstars that they need to step it up a notch, especially if they happen to be in a tag team. McIntyre is a former NXT Champion as well and was obviously watching as his old brand tore the house down several times over at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.

Now McIntyre’s agenda to wake up the members of the main roster that might be a tad lazy is even stronger after seeing such a fantastic showing from WWE’s developmental territory. After all, WWE’s main roster is going to have to step up their game in a big way if they are expected to compete at all with what NXT delivered in Chicago on Saturday night.

McIntyre said he suggested the Raw roster checks out NXT TakeOver: Chicago and ask themselves if they’re working hard enough to deserve their spot on the roster. Only time will tell if his words hit home, but apparently, there could be some guys taking up space on WWE’s Red Team and it’s Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre’s job to hunt them down and make sure they either step up their game or get out of the way.

On the recent episode of The Jim Ross Report, J.R. discussed who he feels which WWE Raw star will have a run as Universal Champion due to his stock rising. Ross commented on Braun Strowman, and reiterated on how he will be the top star of WWE. However, he feels that WWE should not book him to be the top name this year, but should wait until 2019. On a previous episode, Ross stated that he will be very happy to see a Roman Reigns (heel champion) vs. Braun Strowman (babyface challenger) main event match at WrestleMania 35.

While he mentioned Strowman, J.R. highlighted a particular name who he feels will become Universal Champion down the road.

“[Drew McIntyre] looks great, he sounds great, he’s in great condition, he’s just getting better and better,” said Ross. “He’s a big time player. I could see, very easily, Drew McIntyre being a Universal or WWE Champion down the road. Without a doubt. It’s a lay-up; trust me on this one.”

In 2009, 24-year-old McIntyre appeared on the SmackDown brand as a heel. A month later after his debut on the blue brand, Vince McMahon came to the ring and donned him “The Chosen One,” and three months later, McIntyre defeated John Morrison to win the Intercontinental Championship, and retained the title for five months.

McIntyre’s singles push cooled down in the latter part of 2010, but he did have a tag team championship run with Cody Rhodes. However, after getting drafted to Raw, McIntyre’s popularity was virtually non-existent, and he floundered in the midcard division and closed his WWE career as a member of the 3MB faction. McIntyre has now returned to the main roster four years later, after a stint in NXT in 2017, and is now aligned with Dolph Ziggler looking much different than he did before he was released.

Drew McIntyre spoke to Planeta Wrestling this week, below are a few highlights:

Recovery from his recent injury:

“I got injured on November 18th [NXT TakeOver:War Games], I was wrapping my arm around my injury [torn bicep], and I started to Google the fastest amount of time someone has healed with this type of injury, it said four months, so I set out to get healed in four months by WrestleMania weekend, and I have been working very hard to come back.”

His impressions of Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas:

“I think he is very, very good. I think the pairing with Zelina Vega was perfect. It was just something that was missing. He is very good in the ring; great high-flyer, but he never really got to show it until he wrestled against myself. He can do everything. There was just something that was missing until the pairing with Zelina Vega, and I think he is going to shine in every area of his game. There is no shame in losing against him. He hits very hard. I hit very hard. He has some cool moves up his sleeve. In the end he dropped me on my head, tore my bicep and won the title and put me out on four months. On that night, he was the better man.”

Who he would like to see sign with WWE from Insane Championship Wrestling:

“There are a few of the guys that are already part of the NXT brand. Wolfgang is already over here. Guys like Killian Dain, Nikki Cross, Noam Dar, who is part of the Cruiserweight division. There are a few guys from ICW that I would like for them to come over here to show what they can do. Jack Jester and Sha Samuels perhaps. BT Gunn is another guy that I would like to see. He is amazing in the ring. We have so many. The entire Insane Championship Wrestling roster is very talented.”

Ronda Rousey in WWE:

“It is a huge deal. She is such a gigantic name on the mainstream. She is box office in sports and in the Octagon. I didn’t watch UFC much, but whenever she had a fight I would want to watch. She is such an attraction. She is such a big fan of our business, and isn’t just here for a payday. She genuinely loves this. I remember seeing her at a Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show in Los Angeles, when she was in the crowd. Her rival was on next for a UFC pay per view while our show was going on, and myself along with Trevor Lee were having a match in the crowd. A photographer took a picture of us fighting in the crowd with her in the background watching our match instead of watching the UFC fight. That is how much she loves this business, and we saw her in the crowd all the time. She is not taking this lightly, and is doing a great job. This is not an easy job to get. It took me 17 years to get to the point where I am at. It took her two months to get to the point where she is at and I see her looking more and more comfortable in the ring as well.”

Former NXT Champion Drew McIntyre could be out of action until after WrestleMania, says PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson.

The Scot suffered a bicep injury during his unsuccessful title defence against Andrade Almas at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on November 18.

Johnson says sources inside the WWE have indicated McIntyre is set to be on the treatment table until April, with a role on the ‘Mania weekend TakeOver show an outside possibility.

Despite his setback, the 32-year-old greeted news of his lay-off in positive spirits, writing on Twitter, “… the reality is, I always come back better”, whilst vowing to reclaim his title.

With McIntyre out of the picture for the forseeable future, however, Almas will presumably now meet a new challenger at the next TakeOver event in January.

Candidates at the moment include Aleister Black, who scored a win over Velveteen Dream at WarGames, and perhaps Undisputed Era leader Adam Cole.

NXT will be in Philadelpia the night before the Royal Rumble, where one or two of its stars may pop up as surprise entrants.

McIntyre, it seems, won’t be among them, with a main roster bow after next year’s Superstar Shake-Up now a more likely scenario.