For the past few months, WWE has continued the program between WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre.
Their first match came back at WrestleMania 37 where Lashley defeated McIntyre to retain the WWE Championship. One month later at WrestleMania Backlash, Lashley retained by defeating Braun Strowman and McIntyre in a triple threat match.
Lashley will defend the WWE Title against McIntyre at Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event with the stipulation that if McIntyre loses he can’t challenge for the title again as long as Lashley is champion.
As a result of getting so many title shots, fans have criticized WWE for doing so. McIntyre spoke about this in an interview with Ryan Satin on Out of Character.
McIntyre started out by stating that because of his journey, he’s hardened by criticism and never worries about constructive criticism.
“I understand some fans may be like, ‘Ugh, I’d like a new fresh face in the picture. Realistically, I have been fighting for the title, or been champion, for over a year now – which is a pretty significant time – but I don’t think anyone is saying, ‘Oh my goodness, Drew’s not working as hard as he can to give us the best matches possible and do the best he can with every interview possible.’ I think it’s more, ‘I would like to see something different here and see Drew do something different over here.’”
Following Hell in a Cell, there’s no word yet on the direction WWE has for Lashley, but it doesn’t appear to be a match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.