In an exhilarating and highly praised match during night two of WrestleMania 39, GUNTHER successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship against Drew McIntyre and Sheamus. The 16-minute battle was filled with intense action, hard hits, and false finishes.
Ultimately, GUNTHER emerged victorious, power bombing McIntyre to secure the win. The match received a standing ovation from the audience at SoFi Stadium and the ringside commentators. Fans eagerly anticipated the next steps for the trio of competitors, but they will have to wait for an update on Drew McIntyre's future.
PWInsider Elite reports that "The Scottish Warrior" has been pulled from tonight's "WWE SmackDown" episode in Portland, Oregon. McIntyre was initially scheduled to appear on the show, but plans have changed.
Health Issue Sidelines McIntyre
In addition to "SmackDown," McIntyre was scheduled to participate in a local autograph signing with WWE's business partner, Cricket Wireless, today.
However, due to his absence, GUNTHER stepped in as a replacement. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer has reported that McIntyre's withdrawal from "SmackDown" is due to a "health issue." There is no further information on the nature of this issue or its potential impact on McIntyre's wrestling career.
This news comes amid reports that McIntyre and WWE have yet to agree on a new contract, as he is currently in the final year of his existing deal. Whether this development relates to the ongoing contract negotiations is still being determined.
Meanwhile, McIntyre's WrestleMania opponents are scheduled for a six-man tag team to match tonight. Sheamus will join forces with his Brawling Brutes teammates Butch and Ridge Holland to face off against Imperium, consisting of GUNTHER, Giovanni Vinci, and Ludwig Kaiser.
In addition to the action-packed match lineup, WWE Chief Content Officer Paul "Triple H" Levesque is set to address the WWE Universe following the recent merger between WWE and UFC. He previously assured fans that WWE "isn't going anywhere" and will continue to provide quality entertainment.
As the WWE Universe awaits further updates on Drew McIntyre's condition and potential return, tonight's "SmackDown" promises to deliver exciting matches and significant announcements. Fans worldwide will be closely watching for any developments regarding McIntyre's health and future with the company.