Drew McIntyre has been out of action over the last couple of weeks after hurting himself while competing in Mexico, and he recently underwent a minor procedure on the undisclosed injury.
WWE has had to get by without McIntyre for the last two episodes of Monday Night Raw, and he'll unfortunately have to miss this Sunday's Clash of Champions pay-per-view. And it sounds like McIntyre is going to be out for several more weeks.
According to WWE insider Brad Shepard, McIntyre won't be back this month, and the hope is that he'll be able to return for the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view that takes plact on Oct. 6.
McIntyre, a favorite of Vince McMahon's, has been teased to receive a major push for quite some time. He formed an alliance with SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon - and the two have engaged in rivalries with the likes of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens.
But McIntyre was upset by Ricochet in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament back on the Aug. 26 episode of Raw. It was a completely unexpected loss for McIntyre, and it put a halt on any momentum his character was building up.
It was suggested that McIntyre would face Rollins for the Universal Championship, but the latter has since begun a program with Braun Strowman - who will face him for the title at Clash of Champions.
Prior to his injury, there wasn't one established feud for McIntyre; he and Shane O'Mac were simply bouncing around new opponents for a while. So we'll just have to wait and see what's in store for McIntyre when he returns.
What's Next For McIntyre?
The WWE draft will take place in October, so perhaps McIntyre will switch over to SmackDown and receive a bigger push there. He has all the makings to be a top-tier heel in WWE, and there isn't a reason to hold him back. Otherwise, we can only hope that he'll start receiving that well-deserved push on Raw in short time.