WrestleMania 36 Night Two: Drew McIntyre Defeats Brock Lesnar to Capture WWE Title
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, April 6, 2020
Drew McIntyre is the new WWE Champion!
The second night of this year’s WrestleMania took place and provided fans with a few feel good moments like Otis getting revenge against Dolph Ziggler, Edge being victorious in his return match against Randy Orton, and culminated in Drew McIntyre defeating Brock Lesnar to capture the WWE Championship for the first time in his career.
The main event between Lesnar and McIntyre wasn’t an all out wrestling clinic, instead it was back and forth contest that saw both men hit each other with their finishing maneuvers followed by a near fall.
This formula was successful because it made McIntyre look stronger in that he kept kicking out of Lesnar’s F5, which showed that even his most devastating move couldn’t keep him down.
For those that have followed McIntyre’s career, this is definitely a feel good moment for the “Scottish Psychopath”. McIntyre has had many ups and downs in his WWE career – he was brought in as “The Chosen One” that would inevitably be a perennial main eventer and the future of the company. That wasn’t the case as McIntyre was eventually released from WWE and forced to make a name for himself outside the company.
This past August, I attended the WWE SummerSlam press event and had a chance to speak Drew McIntyre and hear his inspiring story on the hard work and dedication that led to his return to WWE. McIntyre was one of the prominent stars that helped establish and legitimize NXT as a third brand for WWE and it paid off in the main event of this year's WrestleMania.
It will be interesting to see who WWE will match McIntyre up with in his first title defense because it's likely that Lesnar will be taking some time off until SummerSlam, so depending on if the next pay-per-view: Money in the Bank still goes on as scheduled, McIntyre could be facing a new opponent as opposed to a immediate rematch with Lesnar.
It is also interesting to point out that most of the top heels on RAW picked up losses at WrestleMania. AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Bobby Lashley all came out on the losing end in their matches and with McIntyre dethroning Lesnar and recently turning face, it's unlikely that the company would his first title defence be against another face like Kevin Owens, Edge, or Aleister Black.
An interesting matchup for McIntyre would be against a returning Jinder Mahal, who was his former teammate in 3MB with Heath Slater. Mahal is a former WWE Champion and a feud with McIntyre could make sense in terms of their career paths and would allow the company to feature plenty of star power in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
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