Drew McIntyre up and left in the middle of his match on SmackDown Live, and apparently, it wasn't due to an injury.
The Raw and SmackDown Live after this year's WrestleMania didn't feel as can't-miss as they have done in previous years. Things certainly started with a bang. Kofi Kingston challenging Seth Rollins to a winner take all match the night after the two of them won their titles was the twist no one saw coming. However, The Bar rendering the match a no contest was the lazy WWE booking we have come to expect.
Some of the booking on SmackDown Live also felt a little lazy. The blue brand's post-Mania offering almost felt like a run of the mill show. In WWE's defense, this week's programming did feel as if it was merely a stop gap to fill time between WrestleMania and next week's Superstar Shakeup. Then again, it was WWE's choice to have the Shakeup next week and not this week.
It turns out that the lazy booking award of the week goes to something we didn't even realize was planned. Even though the Shakeup doesn't take place until next week, Drew McIntyre showed up on SmackDown Live. The Scot teamed with The Bar to take on The New Day for the show's main event. However, by the time Kingston was picking up the win, McIntyre had already returned to the locker room.
There has been speculation that McIntyre suffered an injury, but apparently not. According to PWInsider, WWE simply doesn't want fans to see McIntyre losing. If that's the case then why bring him onto a show where he isn't supposed to be and place him on the losing team in the show's main event?
Having McIntyre side with The Bar was apparently not the original plan. Earlier in the day, the idea was to have McIntyre and Kingston go one on one. Now that's a match we want to see. If that was indeed the plan during the day on Thursday, then why on Earth did The Bar inexplicably get involved in Kingston's match on Raw? Some messy booking to kick off what is effectively WWE's new season. Good job the slate can be wiped clean next week via the Shakeup.