A six-man tag team match was the main event of this week’s WWE SmackDown Live. It was The New Day taking on The Bar and Drew McIntyre but many fans noticed that McIntyre disappeared during a commercial break. There was speculation that he might have been injured.
McIntyre is fine and his disappearance was not related to an injury. Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the match went as planned and that included McIntyre not being there for the end.
“The idea was that because Drew McIntyre lost at WrestleMania to Roman Reigns, management felt it was very important to protect Drew McIntyre because they need him to be a top guy and Sheamus and Cesaro were going to lose the match so they didn’t want Drew McIntyre anywhere near…”
WWE’s idea was that fans would have forgotten that McIntyre was in the match so he didn’t look weaker when The Bar lost. Yes, that is what Vince McMahon came up with instead of giving The Bar a different partner.