The Golden Shovel : The Chosen One
Late August in 2009, a certain Scotsman made his devastating debut on WWE television, bringing a massive beat down on an unsuspecting R-Truth, and cementing himself as someone who would definitely play an important part in the future of the WWE. Drew McIntyre had made an impressive debut, or re-debut if you would consider his earlier short lived stint way back in 2006, as a fan friendly character, which frankly the WWE would like everyone to forget. This new version however was a ruthless, cold and arrogant personality who immediately found himself in the audience’s bad books. He was definitely one of those who the fans loved to hate, which was a good thing for any heel. A few appearances in McIntyre was endorsed by the Chairman himself, as a ‘future world champion’ on television, an honour not many have had the privilege of receiving. You would think this had guaranteed McIntyre a promising and stable future in the company. Not Really…
McIntyre started with a bang! After decimating R-Truth and Finlay, the Scot received a massive push feuding John Morrison for the Intercontinental Championship, which he easily won – becoming champion within 5 months of his debut. McIntyre even started an undefeated streak (on television), feuding with the likes of Kane and Matt Hardy in between. McIntyre retained the title till May during which he had an unusual feud with then Smackdown manager Theodore Long. During the Over the Limit PPV lost the title to Kofi Kingston and was unable to regain his title during his rematch at the Fatal Four Way PPV due to Long’s interference ensuring that his title reign came to an end. After a short break due to visa issues, McIntyre returned and picked up the WWE Tag Team Titles along with Cody Rhodes. After a small successful feud against The Hart Dynasty the duo lost the titles to The Nexus (being represented by John Cena and David Otunga). This was however a small taste of things that were to come for this talented performer.
After being put in a not-so-well-received storyline with Kelly Kelly, McIntyre was given the one opportunity to win the World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber – a match he lost. McIntyre was then drafted across shows, starting a losing streak, participating frequently in squash matches putting over other superstars. His luck seemed to have changed when he formed 3MB with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal. The team while being well received by some sections of the fans was crafted as jobbers – not something one of expect of the bright Scottish star. By 2014 McIntyre had left the WWE in search for fame and fortune elsewhere.
If this story would have ended here, it would have been another disappointing end to another talented superstar. However McIntyre managed to turn the tables around and make a name for himself in the indies. Going by his original name, Mcintyre (now Drew Galloway) went across the world not only participating in well-known indie promotions, but also winning Championships along the way. Not only that, McIntyre redefined his style of fighting, creating his own unique blend of the Japanese strong style. His various accolades and achievements (which include an impressive longest reigning and most fighting WCPW World Champion in the history of the promotion) won him the attention of the WWE which had now a well promoted third brand in NXT. For a change McIntyre’s efforts in the indies were recognised winning him a contract with the WWE for their NXT show, returning him to the grand arena he truly deserves to be in.