Former NXT Champion Drew McIntyre reportedly suffered an injury during his loss to Andrade “Cien” Almas at Saturday’s TakeOver: WarGames event, as initially reported by the Wrestling Observer and later confirmed by WWE COO Triple H.
McIntyre was reportedly checked on and helped backstage by WWE’s medical staff after the loss, which was originally believed to be his “left arm/shoulder,” according to PWInsider.
Triple H confirmed the injury during an exclusive interview with Cathy Kelley after the event and speculated that McIntyre could miss up to six months of action.
McIntyre also commented on his injury during a backstage segment with Kayla Braxton after the match.
“I honestly don’t know. I felt something go in my arm, my bicep/elbow area… from experience, know it’s probably not good, but I won’t know anything official until I talk to the doctor.
I won’t make any excuses. It was a heck of a match tonight. And if it doesn’t turn out the way I hope it does, you know, you’re only as good as your last match. No matter what happens, I’m coming back, and I’m coming for my NXT title – unfinished business there. But right now, I’ve just got to deal with this.”
Former ECW Champion and long-time SmackDown announcer Taz pointed to a spot at the end of the match where McIntyre grabbed the ropes on a DDT as a possible spot where the injury may have occurred.
Hopefully, McIntyre will make a speedy recovery and continue what has been an excellent return to WWE as one of the NXT brand’s top performers.