WWE News – In 2009, Drew McIntyre resurfaced in the WWE after his failed stint with the company two years ago. Touted as “The Next Big Thing” by Vince McMahon, he went on to enjoy a relative amount of success during his run on television, starting with this riff against R-Truth since coming back to the company. However, his first big break was winning the Intercontinental Championship from John Morrison and was followed by winning the Tag Team Championship with Cody Rhodes.
All seems to be going well with Mcintyre until an alleged altercation between him and ex-wife and former WWE Diva Tiffany in 2010 led to his downward spiral. Shortly after losing the belt that same year, 2011 was not kind to McIntyre – he was booked to lose match after match and even had a love angle with Kelly Kelly, which normally implicates that the Creative Team has run out of ideas for the guy. Just like a typical wrestling tragedy, McIntyre was demoted to Superstars and has appeared in RAW and Smackdown! sporadically.
McIntyre had a lot going for them before being derailed by reasons that has slowly but surely uprooted his from his once-lofty position in the roster. Thinking about this, it begs the question, “What does it take for a wrestlers to truly get over?”
The “It” Factor
It’s common knowledge that, in order to become successful in this business, a wrestler should not only have the mat and verbal skills down pat, but he or she must also have the “it” factor. John Cena is not only popular with the fans, but also has that “it” factor that leads you to see him get and either get beat up or overcome the obstacles in his feuds and programs. The Rock is “over” has “it” because, aside from his unreal sense of humor, he makes you care about what he says and does in the ring.
If wrestlers have “it,” fans will care about them, which also that they’ll buy their merchandise, get them a great pop during matches, and actually remember them once the show is over.
Does Drew McIntyre Have “It?”
As far as having “it” is concerned, McIntyre has yet to learn how to properly talk the talk and walk the walk. Although he is classified as a brawler with solid mat skills, he lacks verbal talents to talk himself out from a hole he’s dug himself into.
Despite his shortcomings, we’ve seen worse guys getting the rub from management. Just to drive a point, there is nothing pleasurable in seeing David Otunga wrestle, especially in 2010 when he played an integral part in Nexus – the man looks so stiff (heh) in the ring and abuses the body slam in a single match. Thankfully, Otunga’s persona has been somewhat repackaged as an authority figure nowadays – which bodes him well, if I may add.
So, if less talented wrestlers has gotten over, then what do others have to do to get the same treatment?
There’s another factor that comes into play when determining what gets wrestlers “over,” and that is how wrestlers badly want the opportunity. News broke out early this week that Rory McAllister, an ex-WWE wrestler who was one-half of The Highlanders, mentioned that McIntyre needs to “grow a set” and not be satisfied to simply have a job.
It’s always important to follow what your employer wants from you, but there’s a difference between being complacent and being motivated to do everything under your power to get everybody’s attention. Instead of saying nice things about his employee, maybe it would benefit McIntyre to say something…different. Hey, it worked for CM Punk and Zack Ryder last year, so there’s always a chance that being outspoken or doing something out of the ordinary to get noticed is never a bad thing at all.
Of course, it would be unfair to say that McIntyre isn’t doing everything under his power to get more television time. Only McIntyre and management know what goes behind the scenes and how they intend to pursue Drew’s character moving forward. However, with all the love McIntyre has been receiving from the IWC lately, he could try to take advantage of this situation by making something happen.
Make “it” happen, Mr. McIntyre.