Drew McIntyre recently underwent minor surgery on an injury he suffered while competing in Mexico, but it won't be long until we see him back in the ring again.
According to Fightful.com, McIntyre is "set to return" at some point in mid-September, as outlined by the WWE internal list. McIntyre was never expected to miss much time, and the company is preparing for his return.
Interestingly, WWE insider Brad Shepard actually reported that McIntyre won't be competing for the rest of September, and the hope is that he'll be back for the Oct. 6 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
McIntyre's return will be coming at an opportune time for WWE. They're slated to hold a draft on the Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 episodes of SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw, respectively. McIntyre could very well find himself on the move, considering his partnership with SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon.
It's been rumored for quite a while that McIntyre is line for a major push, but it hasn't taken place. And with Bray Wyatt set to face Seth Rollins for his Universal Championship at Hell in a Cell, it takes out the possibility of McIntyre re-entering the main event card on Raw. But again, maybe McIntyre will get a chance on SmackDown should he move over via the draft.
In his last match - which took place on the Aug. 26 episode of Raw - McIntyre lost to Ricochet in a King of the Ring tournament bout.Before that, he had briefly feuded with Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns.
With countless options on the table, it'll be interesting to see what WWE does with McIntyre once he returns. Perhaps he'll finally get that long deserved push once and for all.
What's Next For McIntyre?
WWE has lost its focus with McIntyre, having failed to place him in a long-term feud. His partnership with Shane McMahon has worked nicely, but the company has to give him a push at some point. The creative team has had plenty of time to plan out McIntyre's return, and a change to his character direction is long overdue.
We'll see what happens when he returns. Might he get a shot at the Universal or WWE Championship? It has to happen at some point.