WWE champion Drew McIntyre tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of scheduled match with Randy Orton on Raw
Drew McIntyre has tested positive for COVID-19, WWE announced on Monday. The WWE champion has entered quarantine and will not be in attendance for Monday night’s edition of Raw.
McIntyre was set to face off with longtime rival Randy Orton in the main event of the show. In addition, it was expected McIntyre would address the end of the previous week’s edition of Raw where he was challenged to a WWE championship match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view by Bill Goldberg. It is unknown if McIntyre will appear remotely on the show, as has been done with other superstars who have been forced to quarantine during the global pandemic.
A full two-week quarantine would mean that McIntyre would not appear on Raw in-person prior to the Jan. 31 Royal Rumble and his planned match with Goldberg.
Despite multiple reported COVID-19 outbreaks that have impacted talent availability, WWE has not missed a single weekly television event or monthly pay-per-view card during the pandemic. The company originally hunkered down in the WWE Performance Center — which house WrestleMania 36 — before launching the ThunderDome, a virtual fan experience with a “live crowd” appearing on video boards surrounding the ring. The ThunderDome was originally hosted at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, prior to being moved to Tropicana Field in Tampa due to the start of the NBA season.
Drew McIntyre had to miss last two episode of RAW as the WWE Champion had to quarantine after contracting COVID-19. It was initially reported that McIntyre would be returning to WWE next Monday on RAW. However, it is now being stated that McIntyre will likely be back by Friday for the taping of Superstar Spectacle.
Superstar Spectacle is the new WWE show featuring Indian talent. The show will also feature some of the big names in WWE such Drew McIntyre, AJ Styles, Charlotte Flair, and Rey Mysterio, apart from ten Indian talent. The tapings for the show are set to take place this Friday while the show will air on January 26th.
Here is what Cagesideseats (via PWInsider) has stated:
Per PW Insider, WWE hopes Drew McIntyre will be cleared to be at the Superstar Spectacle taping on Friday.
It will be interesting to see what role Drew McIntyre will play on Superstar Spectacle.
Drew McIntyre was originally supposed to return on Monday Night RAW
Wrestling Observer Radio had reported that Drew McIntyre would be back on Monday Night RAW next week. This news was made official by WWE by advertising Drew McIntyre and Goldberg for next week’s RAW.
“From what we were told, he was experiencing minimal symptoms and has no idea how he got it because he very rarely leaves the house if not for work these days.”
The two men are set to face each other at Royal Rumble this month. McIntyre will be putting his WWE Championship on the line against Goldberg who made his return on RAW Legends Night.
Before his return, Goldberg was last seen in WWE at WrestleMania 36 when he lost the Universal Championship to Braun Strowman. It is believed that the match between Drew McIntyre and Goldberg will be a one-off and is being done to put McIntyre over.