WWE News: Drew McIntyre Debuts New Gimmick at SmackDown Live Event
Monday, February 27, 2012
WWE Bleacher Report
Just a few years ago, Drew McIntyre was given a great gimmick as Vince McMahon’s pet project, a.k.a. “The Chosen One,” but it didn’t help his career take off like many thought it would.
Since then? He’s been gimmickless. He’s just Drew McIntyre, WWE superstar.
Reports emerged several weeks ago that McIntyre was in line to change that, with his current losing streak storyline ultimately leading to him becoming an “arrogant playboy.”
In case you missed it over the weekend, McIntyre started that gimmick change. But a new character is not exactly what you would have expected to see.
It has been reported for a while now that Drew McIntyre would be getting a gimmick change soon.
Fans have been sending in reports that at this weekend's SmackDown live event in Honduras, Drew's character was much more sexual. He appeared to be flirting with male fans in the crowd, even blowing kisses at some. In the middle of his match against Ezekiel Jackson he stopped to comb his hair. Drew lost the match to Zeke.
Well, that’s something, um, different.
It sounds to me like McIntyre is putting a new spin on Cody Rhodes’ Dashing gimmick. The similarity between the two is that they’re both obsessed with their good looks, but the major difference between the two is that McIntyre’s character seems to be a “homosexual playboy” rather than an arrogant one.
That would be perfectly fine if, you know, McIntyre was actually gay. That’s not the case, however, so I’m really not sure why the WWE would go this route.
Could McIntyre end up getting over with this gimmick? Who knows, maybe so.
But this character will probably wind up being offensive to the homosexual community, getting the WWE into some hot water with GLAAD and other gay rights organizations, and just overall backfiring on the company.
McIntyre is a very talented young superstar, and he shouldn’t have been saddled with a gimmick like this that, in all likelihood, will unfortunately end up making a mockery out of homosexuality in the long run.
We’ve already seen the WWE become a target of gay rights groups for homophobic comments made by guys like John Cena in the past, and if McIntyre’s new gimmick ever makes it to TV, the company is just asking for it to happen again.
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