Drew McIntyre is not backstage for tonight’s post-WrestleMania 39 edition of WWE SmackDown Portland.
As noted, it was revealed last week that McIntyre’s current WWE contract is set to expire in the coming months, with the two parties yet to agree to the terms of a new deal.
McIntyre reportedly made it clear that he would wait until much closer to the expiration date before signing anything because there are a number of factors to consider.
In an update, a new report from PWInsider notes that McIntyre was originally scheduled for tonight’s SmackDown, as well as a Cricket Wireless signing in the area. He was replaced at the signing by WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER, meaning he was dropped for some reason.
Regarding the original report on McIntyre’s contract expiration, the Wrestling Observer reports that McIntyre told some of his friends about the contract situation, but did not expect it to come to light. However, the story is accurate, but there is nothing imminent, since he has not made any decisions at this time, and it will be towards the end of the year before the contract expires.
WWE officials are eager to keep McIntyre, as expected, and are said to hope to enter into contract talks with him later this year. It is believed that he will have interest from AEW, NJPW and other companies.
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