Originally scheduled to take on Randy Orton this week on RAW, Drew McIntyre instead has found himself taking on COVID instead.
As such he’s in quarantine, so instead he sent WWE a video giving them an update on his condition.
How are you, WWE Universe? I wish that I could be with you tonight in the ThunderDome but unfortunately, as I’m sure you’ve heard already, I tested positive for COVID-19. Now, I’m one of the fortunate ones with no symptoms. But I assure you, COVID should not be taken lightly. Don’t think you can’t catch it, because you can. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody, and the only way we’re gonna be able to stop this thing is by working together. So please, wear your mask, follow social distancing guidelines. It’s not just to protect you. It’s to protect everyone and their loved ones. I’ll see you all really, really soon. But until then, stay safe.
Following this he had a separate message, one aimed specifically at Goldberg and the challenge he laid down last week on RAW.
Goldberg had told McIntyre that he wanted to face him at the Royal Rumble due to the World Champion ‘disrespected him and the legends of the past.’ McIntyre had this to say:
Hate to say this Bill, because I so want to like you. Respect you, admire you. But you let me down, and you let your own legacy down as well. You put words into my mouth that I didn’t even say. And you said it didn’t even matter that I didn’t say it, because I was thinking it. How would you know what I was thinking, Bill? You’ve got me all wrong. I am a firm believer in giving respect to get respect. That’s what a true WWE Champion does. You don’t know anything about being WWE Champion, do you Billy? No. It is the most prestigious title there is, and it has eluded you your entire career. That’s why you challenged me.
Out of respect for you Bill Goldberg, I didn’t want to accept your challenge. You’re 20 years older than me. I didn’t want to accept your challenge. You challenging me? That’s like you challenging yourself in your prime. Would you want to challenge yourself in your prime? But then, my opinion changed when you put your hands on me. Seems like you’re the one that needs a lesson in respect, Bill. And if that’s what you want, you can try to get it at the Royal Rumble. Because Goldberg, I accept your challenge. And in your own words, at the Royal Rumble, you’re next.
All the details about how to watch the Royal Rumble 2021, along with the updated match card, are all here.