The WWE is shifting to high gear once 2022 comes in with WWE Day 1. Universal Champion Roman Reigns is set to defend his title against Brock Lesnar and seeing a new champion is possible.

But of course, most know that there is a twist in this story with the two rivals. There is the Paul Heyman factor who previously hinted that it may be time for him to quit. Given his key involvement, seeing that happen is highly unlikely.

Regardless of who comes out as champion, there is also the 2022 WWE Royal Rumble to think about. The loser between Reigns and Lesnar is likely to be involved. But through that 30-man battle royal, expect someone to rise as well. He is no other than Drew McIntyre.

There is no question that the Scottish Psychopath is someone bound to rise to the top on SmackDown. He already hinted some months ago that he wants to become champion again. But given Reigns’ storylines, this has not come close to happening.

Worth noting is that McIntyre plays face right now, a worthy adversary to either Reigns or Lesnar. His push helped the WWE Raw brand to succeed, even though there was a pandemic in the way.

Hence, seeing him win the upcoming Royal Rumble would not be surprising. It would potentially set the stage for a WrestleMania showdown where he could reclaim WWE gold once more.

It would be nice to know how things pan up in the coming weeks. It could come as early as the SmackDown episode after WWE Day 1, to see what direction the promotion would go.

It would not be directly aimed at a McIntyre vs. Reigns or Lesnar setto. He could tease it but expect the current WWE Universal title storyline to carry on until the 2022 Royal Rumble.

After that, script changes are bound to happen. And McIntyre, who has been quietly working in the background could be one of the revelations heading into WrestleMania 38.

Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre enters the ring during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Getty Images | Etsuo Hara

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