WWE star Drew McIntyre wants the promotion to bring back the old European Championship... so that he can retire it again.
McIntyre said as much during a recent interview with talkSPORT's Alex McCarthy. The Scot revealed that he dreamed of winning the European Title, which was retired in 2002, as a kid, but reckons WWE should reprise it for the benefit of his younger self:-
“Yes! I just want it. Because when I was a kid and I saw it I was like ‘ah man, I want to be European champion’ and now I can’t because it doesn’t exist right now. I don’t like too many titles and there are a lot right now, but I just wanted it when I was a kid. So just bring it back, let me win it and then I’ll retire it. You never want too many titles in the company because then it’s not as special. I think where we’re at right now is good, but give ol’ Drew the European title for young Drew.”
A midcard singles belt throughout the Attitude Era and beyond, the European Championship first came into play in 1997, when The British Bulldog won a tournament to crown the inaugural champion. Such luminaries as Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Owen Hart, and Chris Jericho went on to hold it during its five-year lifespan, until Rob Van Dam unified it with the Intercontinental Championship in July 2002.
Although McIntyre was speaking in jest, WWE has never looked like bringing the European Championship back at any point in the past 20 years. The Intercontinental and United States Titles currently serve as the promotion's midcard men's straps.