Drew McIntyre has taken to Twitter to admit that he did, in fact, suffer an injury at NXT TakeOver and he may not be back for a while.
A little over a week ago, NXT TakeOver was once again a part of a bigger WWE pay-per-view weekend, and once again, it was a huge success. NXT successfully staged a WarGames match for the first time in 20 years, a new Women's Champion was crowned after the title was left vacant by Asuka, and Andrade Almas became NXT Champion with a victory over Drew McIntyre.
The last one of those three marquee moments is probably the one that has had fans talking the most since TakeOver: WarGames. The NXT Championship match came to a rather abrupt and anti-climactic end as Almas pinned McIntyre for the championship. While it has been widely accepted that the match was in fact supposed to turn out that way, it seemed that McIntyre seriously hurt himself in the process.
The former champion's injury has now been confirmed by none other than the Scotsman himself. On Monday morning, the injured star took to Twitter and confirmed that he won't be back for some time. He wasn't downbeat about it though, and instead stated that he has suffered setbacks before, always comes back better, and that should be a scary thought for whoever is champion upon his return.
Unfortunately I did suffer an injury during my title defense at TakeOver. I’ve dealt with setbacks before. The reality is, I always come back better...There's a scary thought for whomever is NXT champion come 2018... #TickTock— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) November 27, 2017
What's more is Pro Wrestling Sheet shed a little more light on McIntyre's injury. Apparently, McIntyre suffered a bicep tear and it could be an injury that keeps him out for a number of months, although he is aiming to return in time for WrestleMania weekend. If McIntyre does make it back in time for that, it will be interesting to see what WWE choose to do with him as there are rumors that the next time we see him he'll be on the main roster.
McIntyre's injury could be viewed as coming at a bad time, but if he was in fact supposed to lose the title to Andrade Almas at WarGames, then the timing maybe couldn't have been better. What we don't know is what exactly was in store for McIntyre had he not been injured. Hopefully, he won't be forgotten while on the sidelines he slots right back in to a top spot when he returns, whether that be on Raw, SmackDown Live or NXT.