Report: Drew McIntyre confirms with ESPN that he has signed with WWE NXT

ESPN.com just posted the following:

In an exclusive interview just moments after his surprise appearance at NXT TakeOver Orlando, Drew McIntyre confirmed to ESPN that he’s joined the brand full time.

For the second straight year, an unexpected appearance at NXT TakeOver during WrestleMania weekend shocked the crowd. This time around, it was a familiar face as former WWE superstar Drew McIntyre appeared in the front row prior to the NXT championship match in Orlando.

If there was any doubt to his intentions, they were put to rest during an exclusive post-TakeOver interview with ESPN.com

“Well the answer’s pretty simple,” said McIntyre. “I’ve won championships all across the world, I’ve helped build brands. So what’s the next logical thing for me to do? It’s to come here and win the NXT title.”

The road has been riveting and the card is stacked as we head into the biggest NXT show of the year Saturday night in Orlando.

It’s hard to take attention away from competitors as charismatic and popular with the crowd as Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode, but McIntyre did just that when his face flashed on camera. The assembled crowd at Orlando’s Amway Center cheered wildly for the returning Scotsman, and NXT fans will have a lot more of that to do in the coming weeks and months.

“If that’s not clear enough for everybody, Drew McIntyre has signed with NXT,” said McIntyre, definitively.

With Roode defeating Nakamura, the unclear NXT championship picture in the future is now a little more crowded. A former WWE intercontinental and tag team champion, McIntyre returns after a nearly three-year absence from the company. In that time he worked for numerous independent organizations including EVOLVE, where he was an EVOLVE championship, two-time tag team championship (with one reign alongside Johnny Gargano).

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