Watch slow-motion footage from SmackDown LIVE and see why WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has to keep his head on a swivel at all times.06/22/2017 - 11:15
After defeating Chad Gable in his New Face of America Open Challenge, Kevin Owens claims no one will take his United States Title.06/20/2017 - 23:45
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal battles Luke Harper while keeping an eye out for Mr. Money in the Bank, Baron Corbin, and a furious Randy Orton.06/20/2017 - 23:00
After much deliberation, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan reveals his decision on how to solve the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match controversy.06/20/2017 - 22:30
SmackDown LIVE's newest couple want the world to bear witness to their incredible love.06/20/2017 - 22:15
Kevin Owens issues a New Face of America Open Challenge, which is answered by one-half of American Alpha.06/20/2017 - 22:00
The King of Strong Style and The Showoff continue their rivalry in a thrilling contest on the blue brand.06/20/2017 - 21:45
As Daniel Bryan mulls what to do about the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Becky Lynch urges SmackDown LIVE's General Manager to make the right choice.06/20/2017 - 21:15
Two days after the SmackDown Tag Team Title Match ended with The Usos retreating, The New Day's Big E and Jimmy Uso square off in a hard-hitting singles competition.06/20/2017 - 21:00
Daniel Bryan is confronted by Natalya and Tamina, who want answers regarding the Women's Money in the Bank controversy.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Princess of Staten Island and James Ellsworth show no remorse for their actions during the historic Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Queen makes her case to Daniel Bryan about why the women of SmackDown LIVE deserve better than the outcome of the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
See how The Viper stunned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with a surprise RKO on SmackDown LIVE in this slow-motion video.06/14/2017 - 18:00
Is Drew McIntyre a poorly “Chosen One”?
Without question, Mr. McMahon has an eye for talent. That much has been obvious since his earliest days at the helm of WWE. So when he hand-picks a Superstar and declares him bound for greatness, the WWE Universe is sure to take notice. In Drew McIntyre’s case, just such a prediction by Mr. McMahon led to lofty expectations and the moniker of “The Chosen One.” Back in 2009, Mr. McMahon personally signed McIntyre to SmackDown, seeing in the young Superstar traits that both impressed the Chairman and reminded Mr. McMahon of himself.
Recent events, however, have called Mr. McMahon’s predictions into question. Is Drew McIntyre a false prophet? Is he, in fact, proving Mr. McMahon wrong?
The Scottish Superstar has returned to SmackDown in an effort to live up to the Chairman’s prediction that he will one day become a World Champion. However, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan, and as Michael Cole stated on the last SmackDown of 2011, Drew McIntyre has devolved from “The Chosen One” to “The Desperate One” in recent weeks.
After bringing McIntyre back into the SmackDown fold, General Manager Theodore Long had some pointed words for him on the Dec. 30 edition of SmackDown. Laying down the law, Long informed McIntyre that if he doesn’t start winning matches, he could end up fired.
Long reassured McIntyre that he’s one of the most talented Superstars in WWE today, but he also made clear that there was something missing. The General Manager then insinuated that “The Chosen One” may be lacking the passion that he displayed when he first arrived in WWE. At the end of their uneasy exchange, McIntyre told Teddy to watch his match against Ezekiel Jackson for an answer to all of Long’s concerns.
It wasn’t the answer he envisioned, though. A pinfall loss to Jackson left McIntyre pleading his case to Teddy, claiming referee bias. The argument did nothing to sway SmackDown’s GM, who drove home his feelings about the Scottish Superstar. “I can’t stand losers, playa,” Long said. “Especially losers that make excuses.”
Frustrated, and perhaps more than a little worried for his livelihood, McIntyre walked away and left the General Manager—and the WWE Universe—with unanswered questions.
Can Drew McIntyre get the job done and live up to the lofty expectations laid upon him by Mr. McMahon? Or will the Scottish Superstar find himself on the chopping block, courtesy of Theodore Long?