Drew McIntyre had been dealing with a cervical neck strain with severe contusions for several months and took time off in January to heal up from it.
At first, the belief was that he would return before WrestleMania, but miss the Royal Rumble. The former WWE Champion took the John Cena approach to rehab and came back at the Royal Rumble. Now, he will wrestle Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 38.
While speaking on WWE’s The Bump, McIntyre revealed that he was initially told he could miss WrestleMania 38 after the neck injury as well.
“I feel great that I was able to come back so quickly. Initially, it was a little bit scary. Obviously everyone saw what Happy and Madcap did to me. But speaking to the doctor, doing some tests afterwards, there were some lingering issues going on and I was informed, ‘Hey never mind making the Rumble, you may not be making Mania the way you’re looking right now.’ It took a couple of weeks, a couple of doctors, some serious rehab, and some serious determination from Drew McIntyre, but thankfully, I was cleared and was able to come back at the Rumble. I’ve been a 100% ever since, on TV, live events, appearances. Absolutely nothing is ever going to stop me. There is a very good reason they used to call me the terminator.”
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