In answering a question from Sportskeeda on a potential cinematic match with the likes of a character like “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Drew McIntyre made it clear he’s not interested in all that, at least as it pertains to the WWE championship:
“Maybe eventually, not right now. I’m WWE Champion and I think, in fact I know, like the way I’ve been building the title, it’s about the honor and respect and about wrestling. And there’s room on the show for everything, a little bit something for everybody, different characters. It’d be boring if everyone was the same and The Fiend’s unique character is so incredible, so out there, but I don’t think that’s something I think I want to mix the WWE title with. Like that’s for, you know that portion of the audience and for me as a fan to watch and be blown away by the spectacle. But when it comes to the WWE Championship, I expect it to be in a wrestling match. You know, like man-on-man, fighting over the title with respect and honor. And that’s what I’m all about, that’s how I’ve tried to represent the title and that’s how I think it should be represented. Not in a comedic fashion or an outlanding (sic) fashion, but a realistic wrestling environment.”
I’m having a hard time arguing against his point here. Cinematic matches, done well, absolutely have their place in the modern wrestling world, especially during a global pandemic the U.S. has struggled to appropriately respond to, but it certainly doesn’t feel right putting the top title up for grabs in, say, swamp fights.
To each their own, though.