At WrestleMania 35, Drew McIntyre faced off against Reigns in a losing effort. Three weeks later, McIntyre interrupted Reigns and demanded a WrestleMania rematch, which Reigns accepted. Reigns defeated McIntyre by disqualification.
After WrestleMania McIntyre allied himself with Shane McMahon, becoming his enforcer. At Super ShowDown, Shane defeated Reigns thanks to a Claymore from McIntyre while the referee was incapacitated. Afterwards, another match between Reigns and McIntyre was scheduled for Stomping Grounds where Reigns defeated McIntyre despite interference from McMahon.
McIntyre and Shane lost to Reigns and The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred tag team match at Extreme Rules. During a long interview with Figthful, the Scottish superstar commented on modifying his Claymore Kick: “For one I had to get those pants loosened so it didn’t happen again.
For those who don’t know, I ran for a big boot—when you run and kick someone in the head—the pants were too tight, I was worried about the crotch splitting. So I kicked my other leg up and landed on the back of my head.
But also kicked Ryback in the face at the same time and was told afterwards when I regained consciousness, “wow, that kick looked pretty cool. [If there was any way to do it safely…”] So I watched it back and worked on it and finally figured out a safe, effective way to do the kick which became the Claymore”.