In the episode of Raw on February 3rd, Drew McIntyre defeated the 24/7 Champion Mojo Rawley in a few seconds in an untitled match. In the Raw episode of February 17th, McIntyre quickly defeated Montel Vontavious Porter (with whom he had had an altercation the week before during the V.I.P.
Lounge of the same MVP). In the Raw episode of March 9 McIntyre defeated Erick Rowan. At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on 26 January 2020, McIntyre won the Royal Rumble match by lastly eliminating Roman Reigns, entitling him a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 36.
In the match, McIntyre eliminated six other participants, including WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. The following night on Raw, McIntyre announced that he chose to challenge Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36, thus turning face in the process.
During a long interview with Metro, he discussed continuing with the show: “We’ll go as long as it’s safe. I’m just very happy and proud we’re still going on to provide people with an escape. For me, one, people are not going to forget this, and two, this is going to be challenge.
I always love to challenge myself. Although it’s lovely to be in a stadium full of fans screaming, and my family and friends and wife there, but now that camera is going to be my personal audience. I’m going to find unique ways to play to that camera and reach everybody at home and to take their mind off everything that’s going on. ‘It’s not going to be so much my moment now, as hopefully our moment”.