Drew McIntyre came up short in his latest bid to win the WWE championship back from Bobby Lashley, this time in the main event of the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) earlier this evening (June 20, 2021) in Tampa, Florida. It was one hell of a physical Hell in a Cell match, and McIntyre is feeling the effects of it.
As you can see from this tweet, complete with photographic evidence of just how messed up his back is coming out of the match:
It’s been a wild ride. I’ve always wanted to make all of you proud, and I hoped that you would get the chance to see me live and in person as WWE Champion. Looks like that dream is on hold for awhile. Thanks for all your support. #HIAC pic.twitter.com/RQgCWkOC2c— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) June 21, 2021
McIntyre actually has a legitimately compelling story here, one that makes him a deeply sympathetic character. He won the title at WrestleMania 36, when fans were already gone, he never got to have his big moment in front of those fans, but he still carried the day as WWE champion throughout the majority of the pandemic.
Now, he’s moving on to whatever is next. We’ll see how crowds respond to him in a month, and what WWE does with him based on that response.