Former WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre has returned with his eye locked firmly on the NXT Championship.
In the midst of NXT TakeOver: Orlando, rumors instantly began to circulate when the “Sinister Scotsman” was spotted watching the live WWE Network event very closely from his seat in the capacity crowd.
But speculation instantly dissipated when McIntyre revealed to ESPN that he has signed as NXT’s newest Superstar.
This huge news immediately conjures thoughts of dream showdowns between the hard-hitting McIntyre and the NXT roster’s elite. And judging by the reaction of the NXT Universe when he was shown donning a sly smile in attendance, fans were certainly excited by the prospect of him stepping through the yellow ropes very soon.
Stay with WWE.com for more on this developing story, and don’t miss NXT this Wednesday night at 8/7 C on WWE Network
After the Ember Moon vs. Asuka we go to a quick break & we are back again, They show Drew Galloway sitting at ringside. The graphic on the screen says Drew McIntyre. He gets a pop.
Drew Galloway beat Matt Riddle. Galloway scored a surprisingly quick win with a piledriver off the apron to the floor, a Future Shock DDT, and another piledriver. Hard-hitting stuff.
Impact Grand Championship Match – Drew Galloway (c) Vs. Moose
Round One: Evenly contested with a lot of striking. Both men end up brawling on the outside. Moose takes control when he throws Galloway into the ring post. Galloway battles back and drops Moose onto the guardrail. Moments later with under a minute left in the round. Galloway and Moose battle on the ring apron. Galloway gets Moose up and hits the Celtic Cross on the ring steps. Galloway crawls into the ring and tries to get the ref to count out Moose but time runs out in the round.
Round One Scorecard: Judge 1 scores the round 10-9 for Moose. While Judges 2 and 3 score the round 10-9 for Galloway. Drew wins the round 29-28
Round Two: A lot like the start of round one with both men hitting heavy strikes. Moose wins the exchange and hits a pop up power bomb on Galloway. He follows that up with a standing swanton and moonsault. He covers Galloway for a 2 count. Moose stays on the offensive and hits a standing dropkick on Galloway and then a sky high from the top rope. Galloway takes a powder and bides some time on the outside to recover. The strategy pays off when Moose comes outside to go after him. Drew lifts up Moose and hits a death valley driver onto the ring apron. Moments later, Moose recovers and hits a pop up apron power bomb on Galloway. Time runs out in the round with both men down on the outside.
Round Two Scorecard: Judge 2 scores the round 10-9 for Galloway. Judges 1 and 3 score it 10-9 for Moose.
Round Three: Moose and Galloway hit a double boot at the start of the match and knock each other down. With 2 minutes left, Galloway goes for the claymore but Moose evades it. He picks up Drew and hits a buckle bomb on him. It nearly sends Drew crashing to the outside. Moose stops from him falling. He brings him back into the ring and hits the game changer. This leads to a near fall. Drew then hits a low blow on Moose. He then follows that up with The Claymore with under a minute left. Galloway connects with a tombstone piledriver. He covers Moose but he kicks out. Galloway then goes for the future shock DDT. Moose counters out of it. Both men stand toe to toe exchanging strikes. Under 20 seconds left, Galloway hits the Claymore, Moose springs back up and hits the game changer. Both men are laid out on the mat and time expires in the round.
Final Decision: Moose defeats Drew Galloway by split decision to regain The Impact Grand Championship
After the match. Drew Galloway throws a fit at ringside. He grabs one of the judges by the throat and throws his chair down the ramp way.
Grand Championship Match: Drew Galloway vs Mahabali Shera
Because when I think high-level wrestling strategist, I think Mahabali F’n Shera. Bell rings and Shera quickly gets a schoolboy rollup and a backslide for a pair of two counts, Galloway goes for the Future Shock, but Shera picks the legs and gets a jackknife rollup for 2. Galloway decides to just start unloading on Shera, but Shera pops him over with a thing that kind of looks like a powerslam where Shera forgot to go down with Drew. Drew goes to the top, but Shera tosses him off, then picks him up for something that looked like he was either going for a Samoan drop or running powerslam, but hadn’t decided, so just kind of balanced Drew on his head. Drew gets the advantage when they go to the floor, Drwe charges and Shera pops him up for something, but apparently forgot quite what he had in mind and Drew just comes down on his feet, so Drew covers by dropping him on the barricade. They go back inside, the bell rings, but Shera hits a Sky High anyway, appearing to drop Drew on his pelvis instead of his back like he’s supposed to.
Shera wins Round 1 on a split decision, so Drew flattens Shera with a big boot as soon as Round 2 starts and begins hammering him, then hits an overhead release suplex for 2. Shera fires up out of nowhere and hits a pop-up powerslam for 2, but Drew headbutts him and connects with a charging forearm. Shera dodges a top rope move, Drew escapes a Sky High and hits the Claymore kick followed by the Future Shock DDT for the win.
Winner: Drew Galloway
Drew Galloway to say he’s a fighting Grand Champion and will defend against anyone. Cue Moose to ask for a title shot but Galloway has something else in mind.
Grand Championship: Drew Galloway vs. Rob Ryzin
Galloway is defending and kicks Rob’s head off thirty seconds in. This turns into an ad for Rudy, which is airing after the show. An overhead belly to belly has Ryzin in even more trouble and his comeback is cut off by a piledriver. Futureshock retains the title at 2:14.
Winner: Drew Galloway
Drew Galloway talks about how much he wants the Grand Championship to be the top title around here. That means an open challenge.
Grand Championship: Drew Galloway vs. Moose
Drew is defending and Josh asks how ironic this is. Moose goes right at him to start and hits something like a powerbomb. A moonsault almost completely misses but is still good for two. Moose sends him outside and the fight is on with Moose easily getting the better of it. Galloway gets dropped on the barricade and Moose wins round one.
That’s enough to send the champ walking up the ramp but he comes back in to start round two. The middle rope choke bomb and the Game Changer get two each but Drew kicks him low again, meaning Galloway loses a point. The Claymore connects for two so Drew shoves the referee down and kicks Moose low again, setting up the Futureshock to retain.
Winner: Drew Galloway
Drew Galloway, a former World Champion, was eager to get back in ring after suffering an injury that could’ve ended his career. Fighting tooth and nail every day to be the best professional wrestler around, Galloway was distraught when he learned that his chance to compete for the newest implementation to IMPACT Wrestling was suddenly taken away from him. Winning the IMPACT Grand Championship semi-finals, Galloway was set to wrestle for the Championship at Bound For Glory- and he was bound and determined to be there.
Contrary to his thinking, Galloway would make his return to IMPACT on POP last Thursday night. And he came back in full force. He wanted his opportunity, his shot at redemption. Galloway did just that.
Becoming your new IMPACT Grand Champion was a dream come true and a successful battle won for Galloway.
But this Thursday on IMPACT on POP, Drew Galloway will defend his Championship. Who will the Scotsman call out? Who will be courageous enough to challenge the darker Galloway that we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks?
Don’t miss your chance to find out. Tune in on Thursday at 8/7c to witness the action.