Drew McIntyre's notable absence from the WWE Royal Rumble 2024 promotional poster has sparked a wave of speculation and discussion among wrestling fans and insiders. Three years ago, McIntyre's triumph over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania marked him as a leading figure in WWE.
However, as 2024 unfolds, the decision to omit the 2020 Royal Rumble winner from the Royal Rumble poster in favor of 22 other superstars has not gone unnoticed. This decision has been widely criticized on social media, with fans and commentators questioning WWE's rationale.
McIntyre himself took to social media to express his views, cryptically remarking, "Are you starting to understand my frustrations now?" This comment has further fueled rumors about McIntyre's future with WWE, especially as his contract is set to expire in April 2024.
McIntyre's Uncertain Future
Sources, including PWInsider, indicate that McIntyre and WWE have not yet engaged in significant discussions about renewing his contract. This lack of progress comes amid personal challenges for McIntyre, following the recent passing of his wife's sister.
The situation has led to speculation that McIntyre might be considering a hiatus from wrestling post-WrestleMania 40 to spend time with his family. This potential break also opens up the possibility of McIntyre exploring opportunities outside WWE, with AEW being a notable option, given its history of welcoming former WWE Champions.
The 2024 Royal Rumble poster features a diverse array of WWE talent, including Roman Reigns, Logan Paul, Bobby Lashley, Asuka, Randy Orton, Becky Lynch, Cody Rhodes, Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, The Judgment Day members, LA Knight, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Jey Uso, IYO SKY, AJ Styles, GUNTHER, and the returning CM Punk.
The exclusion of McIntyre, along with other prominent figures like Kevin Owens, Bayley, and 2018 Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura, raises questions about WWE's promotional strategies and talent management as it heads into one of its most significant events of the year.