Drew McIntyre deserved better in Hurried WrestleMania 36 Victory against Brock Lesnar | Laundress Report


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WrestleMania 36 was one of the most unique pay-per-views we’ve ever seen, and we’ll probably never see anything like it again.

Boneyard and Firefly Fun House matches were two of the most creative and innovative segments ever produced, but some wrestling purists did not like the overproduced short films.

We also saw a handful of titles change hands on both nights. In the first show, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross won the women’s team titles and Braun Strowman beat Goldberg to win the Universal Championship.

On night 2, Charlotte Flair became the new NXT female champion and the main event saw Drew McIntyre eliminate Brock Lesnar with four Claymore Kicks to win his first WWE Championship.

Unfortunately, what should have been a defining moment for the Scottish superstar’s career has not had the same impact as it should have been.

Match placement

On any normal PPV, closing the show with someone winning their first world title would be the right choice every time. It was not a normal PPV, however.

WrestleMania’s format had to be changed to make it work without crowds in an empty Performance Center, which led to creative choices that no one expected.

The games at Boneyard and Firefly Fun House were shocking to see how entertaining they were. Whether you like them or hate them, everyone is glued to the screen to see what will happen next.

WWE made the right choice to have The Undertaker vs AJ Styles close the first night because nothing could have followed it, not even Strowman defeating Goldberg.

On the second evening, management chose to let McIntyre and Lesnar close the show just after the acid trip that was the Firefly Fun House match.

Moving from a surreal work of art to a traditional match that only lasted a few minutes completely ruined the performance of the show and ended up making McIntyre’s moment in the sun a little less engaging.

Wyatt and Cena should have concluded the strangest WrestleMania with the strangest match of all time, while McIntyre and The Beast should have proceeded.

This match looks awfully familiar

Have you felt a sense of deja vu while watching McIntyre against Lesnar? Almost as if you had already seen this same correspondence elsewhere elsewhere?

This is because it was almost the same configuration as Strowman vs Goldberg. They hit the same beats and almost the same exact number of strokes.

Lesnar hit the Scot with a few F-5s before McIntyre shot him down with a series of Claymores. Goldberg nailed Strowman with a few spears and a jackhammer before the monster among men set him aside with a few Powerslams.

It was almost as if someone had copied and pasted the summary of each match by mistake and WWE had gone hand in hand. Just when the company could have used one of these classic Lesnar performances, he found himself in one of his shortest games in months.

These matches would have been well received in the usual WrestleMania setting, with fans screaming their heads in the stands, but every detail is more evident in an empty arena.

McIntyre deserved better

McIntyre has been one of Raw’s hottest acts in months. He was even gaining speed before having his exceptional performance at the Royal Rumble.

While it’s understandable that WWE reserved the title change despite the absence of a live audience, it’s hard not to think that it would have been more special if it had waited until it could again broadcast normal broadcasts.

Lesnar isn’t going anywhere, so it’s not like management can’t stretch this quarrel until SummerSlam. In fact, losing would have made McIntyre even more interesting because he would be hungrier and more obsessed with winning.

Still, it’s great to see the Scottish psychopath get his due. He was put in an impossible position when WWE brought him in as a hand-picked protégé of Vince McMahon in 2007.

He left, made a name for himself on the independent scene, and came back bigger and better than ever. His climb to the top has been a joy to watch, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to see how he handles the face of the WWE flagship brand.


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