Drew McIntyre made a surprising return at Money in the Bank over the weekend after over 3 months away, delighting fans with his confrontation with Gunther.
In the immediate future, it seems likely that McIntyre will regain his prominent position with the WWE and battle over the IC Title. However, the long-term prospects remain uncertain.
According to reports from PW Insider, McIntyre and WWE have yet to reach an agreement on a new contract, and negotiations don’t appear to be progressing smoothly. McIntyre’s current deal is set to expire early next year, leaving a limited window for the parties to find common ground.
McIntyre’s most recent WWE appearance was at WrestleMania 39 in April, where he unsuccessfully attempted to dethrone Gunther in a triple threat match that also involved Sheamus.
Speculation regarding McIntyre’s potential departure has arisen, fueled by reports of his creative dissatisfaction this spring. Paul “Triple H” Levesque attempted to dispel these rumors during a post-Money in the Bank press conference over the weekend, stating that he was unaware of any unhappiness on McIntyre’s part.
Levesque expressed his hope that McIntyre would remain with WWE “for the rest of his career.” While this is a possibility, securing a new multi-year contract would be crucial in making it a reality. Nevertheless, given McIntyre’s previous successes outside of WWE, discussions about him seeking fresh challenges elsewhere will likely persist until he officially signs a new agreement.