Drew McIntyre won the Royal Rumble match and is challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 36.
Here’s what Drew had to say about his pursuit of championship gold on this week’s (Feb. 24) episode of Raw, where he went all the way back to his WWE debut in 2009:
“Mr. McMahon himself proclaimed me as the chosen one, the future of the company, actually said this gentleman is going to be a future world champion. Guess how many titles I’ve won since then? How many world titles? Big zero.”
Drew McIntyre did win the NXT title in August 2017, so by his description above, that means it is not a world championship. The implication is that the NXT title is of lesser value and prestige than the WWE championship or Universal championship, despite how stupid that might sound to Johnny Gargano.
Ok, fair enough. I won’t argue with Drew’s claim. In fact, I agree with him.
But then there is Charlotte Flair, who also won this year’s Royal Rumble match. Instead of going after the top women’s gold on Raw or SmackDown, the Queen decided to challenge Rhea Ripley for the NXT women’s championship at WrestleMania 36. If Drew McIntyre is correct that the NXT championships are of lesser value than the top titles on Raw or SmackDown, then it can be argued that Charlotte Flair is wasting her Royal Rumble victory to challenge for an inferior championship, at least in kayfabe.
To be fair to Flair, she was challenged by Ripley to begin with, so it’s not like Charlotte went totally out of her way to create this match out of nothing. But still, Flair has decided to let a personal issue get in the way of challenging for a superior title, and possibly main eventing WrestleMania again with Becky Lynch. She is knowingly taking a lower spot on the WrestleMania card, unless Drew McIntyre is wrong about the relative value of these championships.
Can you help me make sense of this situation, Cagesiders? How do the top titles in NXT compare to the top titles on Raw and SmackDown?