On September 25, Drew McIntyre was introduced by Mr. McMahon as a future World Champion. With such a prestigious recognition from the chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, it isn’t a surprise that Drew started to call himself “The Chosen One.”
On SmackDown, Drew McIntyre remained undefeated for several months, until he suffered his first defeat at the hands of Kane in a Money in the Bank Qualifier. Then, on March 5 Teddy Long was forced to expunge the loss by order of Mr. McMahon. The same thing happened again when Drew lost to Matt Hardy. These series of actions from the Chairman opened a floodgate of disregard towards the GM of SmackDown.
After WrestleMania, Drew McIntyre began a heated feud with Matt Hardy, which resulted in Drew brutally beating Hardy. Teddy Long eventually stripped Drew of the Intercontinental Title and proceeded to fire him. However, Drew McIntyre was reinstated as the champion, thus forcing Teddy Long to strip Kofi Kingston of his newly won title.
From being reinstated to full roster duty, to suspending Matt Hardy from all WWE programing, Drew McIntyre has been successful at forcing Teddy Long to do anything. However, Hardy’s constant run-ins with McIntyre, prompted a match for the following week between McIntyre and Teddy Long. And if Teddy failed to compete, he would be fired by order of Mr. McMahon.
Given the incentive to face McIntyre in a match, Teddy Long should have contoured the stipulations to his favor: A Gauntlet match, a handicap match, etc.,. Instead, Teddy Long was forced on his knees, proclaimed that Drew is indeed the “Chosen One,” crawled and lay down for the pin by Drew. A real GM would not have submitted to the will of a wrestler.
Since being on probation, Long has shown no signs of ownership with SmackDown. RAW didn’t even have a GM for the majority of 2009-2010, and yet, RAW squandered off with the majority of SmackDown’s top stars in the draft. In addition, Vickie Guerrero was named, by McMahon, SmackDown’s Special Consultant, giving her authority to also issue matches.
By Teddy Long laying down in fear of Drew McIntyre, he has proven that he is no longer in control of SmackDown.