As Drew McIntyre continues recuperating from the devastating bicep injury he suffered last November at TakeOver: WarGames, the former NXT Champion will have cause for celebration later this month when he returns home to Scotland to be honored by an organization near and dear to his heart.
Glasgow-based Insane Championship Wrestling announced today that it will induct McIntyre into its Hall of Fame on Monday, Feb. 12. The Scottish Superstar will receive the honor in person, making a one-night-only appearance at ICW’s Fight Club event at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.
NXT Championship – Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
Zelina Vega is with Almas tonight at ringside. We get ring introductions for the challenger Almas and champion McIntyre.
The bell rings and here we go. Powerful lock up and Drew pushes Almas to the corner. Almas with a big chop and jumps into a headlock with Drew. Almas with kicks to the legs of Drew and goes back to the headlock. Drew catches Almas with a kick when he floats back from the corner. Drew throws Almas to the ropes. Almas hangs on and poses. Vega attempts a huricanrana to Drew, but Drew counters and tosses her back to the ring apron. Almas sends Drew shoulder first into the steel ring post. Almas with an armbar to Drew over the ropes. Drew counters offense and literally launches Almas across the ring. Drew with an overhead release suplex on Almas. Drew with a second showing his power. Drew comes off the top turnbuckle catching Almas. Drew counters Almas again and connects with a Celtic Cross for a two count. Houston is starting a “3MB” chant at Drew. Almas catches Drew in the corner with a dropkick. Almas with a tornado inverted DDT for a two count on Drew. Almas with a boot, jumps to the shoulders of Drew, tries a reverse and Drew counters with an Alabama Slam for a two count. Almas sends Drew into the ring post off a huricanrana and then quickly catches Drew with a top rope moonsault to the floor! Almas quickly tosses Drew back in and gets a close two count. Almas catches Drew with double knees to the corner. Drew with a sitdown powerbomb for a two count on Almas. Drew catches Almas with the Future Shock DDT. Almas kicks out. Almas drops Drew in the corner over the turnbuckle. Almas with a knee charge to Drew. Drew kicks out. Almas mounts Drew and throws big rights. Almas bails and grabs the NXT Championship. Inside the ring, Vega with a spikerana on Drew. Almas with a hammerlock DDT on Drew. Drew kicks out. Almas and Vega can’t believe it. Drew catches Almas with his huge boot. Vega puts Almas’ foot on the bottom rope to break up the pinfall. Drew misses his jumping boot. Drew is getting back up on the ring apron. Almas grabs Drew, gets him in a cradle and drops him with a quick DDT. Almas gets the pin. We have new champion!
Winner and new NXT Champion: Andrade “Cien” Almas
After the match, Vega jumps in the ring and starts celebrating. Almas almost can’t believe he won as he begins celebrating with the NXT Championship. We see a shot of a very upset Drew McIntyre just starting to recover in the ring.
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McIntyre and Almas face off before TakeOver
Back at ringside, Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring to confront Andrade “Cien” Almas. Drew says it’s great when a plan comes together, congratulating Almas and Vega on their plan to get “Cien” a shot at the title at Takeover. Now they’re both in trouble…it’s one thing to ask for the opportunity, but when reality sets in, that’s when you find out what kind of man you truly are because it’s clear what kind of man Drew is! When the lights are on in Houston, will Almas be able to say the same? Vega has been rambling about mountains, but Almas is gonna find out real quick that Drew IS the bloody mountain! Drew asks one more time for Almas to come out and face him man to man. Don’t do it to prove something to me or Vega, do it to prove it to yourself. Come out and face me like a man…unless of course Vega won’t let you off the leash! Andrade’s music hits, but Vega is out on the stage with a big smile on her face. Suddenly, Almas comes storming out taking his suit jacket off as he gets to the ring. Both men trade blows as Drew gets the upper hand…and Vega comes flying off the top turnbuckle, only for Drew to catch her in midair! Drew sets her down as Almas catches the champ with a chop block from behind, before hitting a Hammerlock DDT! Vega picks up the NXT Championship, telling Almas to look at it as they stand tall over the champion.
Backstage, Drew McIntyre signs the contract for his match against Andrade “Cien” Almas.
As Drew McIntyre is walking to the ring, Almas attacks him from behind. Vega picks up the contract and gives it to Almas to sign. After Almas signs, Almas takes Vega’s gum out of her mouth and uses it to stick the contract to McIntyre.
NXT Champion Drew McIntyre says Adam Cole has a receipt coming to him when they face off for the title at NXT Live in San Antonio on Friday, Nov. 17, with none other than Shawn Michaels serving as special guest referee. Tickets are available now at NXTTickets.com.
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Christy St. Cloud is standing by with Drew McIntyre, who talks about what’s been happening in NXT and becoming champion, the tough journey to this point and dealing with his release from WWE before. He talked to his dad who asked if he was going to be okay, especially since he and his girlfriend had moved into an apartment four days prior and in talking to his girlfriend (now wife), she noticed a fire was missing when he was released but after a while, he found that the fire came back and he was going to be okay. Some time later, he came back and four months later became champion. He talks about what he wants to do in NXT at this point, helping to inspire people suddenly, we see Zelina Vega walk in and interrupt, saying she’s taking over the interview. Vega talks about Drew and Andrade having a lot in common as Almas was on a downward slope before she came along. She asks Drew why he’s been avoiding Almas, but Drew says to talk to Regal. Vega retorts that the champ has the most pull with Regal. Drew understands what’s happening, and tells Vega to have Almas come to him directly, look him in the eye, and say that he actually wants the match. Vega agrees to this & walks off.
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