What Drew McIntyre Has Been Up To During WWE Absence

Backstage update on Drew McIntyre as his WWE future hangs in the balance.

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Drew McIntyre might not be active on WWE television at the moment, but the former world champion has been busy behind the scenes.

PWInsider's Mike Johnson reports that the Scot has completed the process of becoming a naturalised American citizen. This is since taking time away from WWE, which commenced after his WrestleMania 39 defeat in an Intercontinental Title Triple Threat with GUNTHER and Sheamus.


Johnson adds that there are currently no fresh updates to report on McIntyre's WWE contractual status, which has hung in the balance since news of his expiring deal broke around WrestleMania season. It is understood that the former WWE Champion's contract with the promotion expires in early 2024. As Drew is currently injured, however, WWE may opt to add further time.

PWInsider reports that McIntyre and WWE are yet to agree on a contract extension. Drew had been spotted flying out of the New York area last week, though there is no word on whether or not this was for contract talks.


Fightful Select reported a few weeks ago that McIntyre was at least open to exploring other options should he and WWE not reach terms.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.