After weeks of hinting at a shift in character, Drew McIntyre officially embraced his heel persona on the November 13 episode of WWE Raw. The “Scottish Psychopath” solidified his turn by delivering a powerful Claymore to Jey Uso and aligning himself with Judgment Day. According to a report from Fightful Select, WWE has been planning McIntyre’s heel turn “for at least a couple of months,” with his motivations becoming more obscure and frustrations more evident on WWE TV.
This marks Drew’s first heel run in several years, as he had turned face leading up to the 2020 Royal Rumble and his subsequent WWE Championship victory over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36. Signs of a potential heel turn for McIntyre began in early 2023, particularly when his alliance with Sheamus and The Brawling Brutes faced challenges before their triple threat Intercontinental Championship match against Gunther at WrestleMania 39. Despite maintaining his babyface persona throughout the summer, McIntyre’s loss to World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Crown Jewel signaled an impending turn.
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