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This handshake upsets WWE fans

Drew McIntyre completes his “heel turn” into a villain on WWE Monday Night RAW. It could be the last hurrah for him with the wrestling market leader

It’s been hinted at for months, but now it seems official: former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is undergoing a character change.

At the end of the latest edition of the Monday Night RAW TV show, the “Scottish Warrior” – whose WWE future remains uncertain – completed his “heel turn” by turning on crowd favorites Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso. He cost them the chance to reclaim the tag team titles from the Judgment Day grouping.

McIntyre’s interference led to the victory of champions Finn Balor and Damian Priest, and the show ended with McIntyre shaking hands with Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley, the female star of Judgment Day – previously officially joined by the up-and-coming Irishman JD McDonagh.

It now also looks like previously leaked rumors that McIntyre will still be part of the “War Games” at Survivor Series on September 25 are coming to fruition. In the big cage match, Judgment Day is scheduled to face Rhodes, Uso, World Champion Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn.

WWE RAW: Drew McIntyre with last hurrah as heel?

For some time now, there have been clear signals of McIntyre’s change in character: the 38-year-old has been repeatedly presented as frustrated with his repeated attempts to ascend the WWE throne for over two years – and also with the fact that his nemesis Jey Uso has reaped swift forgiveness from Rhodes and co. since taking the opposite route from “heel” to babyface.

Most recently, McIntyre lost a title match to Rollins at Crown Jewel and then deceived Rollins on RAW with a seemingly fair handshake and the statement that Rollins was right in his assessment that McIntyre had only himself to blame for his defeat.

As it later turned out, these words were meant differently than they initially appeared. The last word between Rollins and McIntyre doesn’t seem to have been spoken yet either

McIntyre’s “heel run”, which has now officially begun, could be the last hurrah for McIntyre at WWE: According to the latest reports, his contract is due to expire in spring 2024, talks about an extension have reportedly remained fruitless so far, with a move to competitor AEW as an alternative.

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