Drew McIntyre has revealed he was originally set to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26, but the match was nixed because he wasn’t ready.
The Scottish Psychopath was strongly fancied by Vince McMahon during his first stint in WWE, which lasted from 2009 to 2014.
He was, of course, released six years ago before returning to NXT in 2017 and rising to the top of the company.
McIntyre is now WWE Champion after beating Brock Lesnar, but the biggest match of his career could have actually happened a decade ago.
That’s because he was supposed to be the one facing Undertaker at WrestleMania 26, not Shawn Michaels.
“The inevitable goal was to have a big match between him and I,” McIntyre told BT Sport.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready at the time. Things worked out the way it worked out.
“I believe it led to, instead of myself and Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker, the retirement match, which was obviously a phenomenal match.
“I could not have delivered on that level at the time.”
Just imagine how different things would have been if McIntyre was ready for the biggest stage.
Would HBK have had the perfect retirement? It’s possible he wouldn’t have. Would the Scottish Psychopath have risen to the top quicker than he has? Perhaps so.
If Vince really did rate Drew as highly as people say, would Undertaker’s streak have ended that year? Who knows?
Of course, what we between Michaels and The Deadman was one of the most iconic matches in history.
In fact, ‘Taker has since admitted that he’s envious of how HBK was able to finish his WWE career.
“I’m so envious of Shawn because he was able to walk away and he was good with it,” he said, during The Last Ride documentary.
“Do I wish I had that kind of clarity? Absolutely, I wish I had that clarity. He had the clarity before going into the match.
“Hopefully, when I have the match I’m looking for, in one way or another, I have that clarity. Okay, that’s it.”
Perhaps this story could go full circle. McIntyre to retire The Undertaker at WrestleMania 37? We wouldn’t be against it!
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