Expectations were high for McIntyre from the moment he entered WWE. Appointed as "The Chosen One" on television by Vince McMahon, McIntyre seemed to have the rocket strapped to him.
And it was supposed to lead to a big match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26.
"When I was I 24, I was told by Vince McMahon, 'you don't listen to anybody but The Undertaker. He's gonna be your mentor. Whenever you have questions, go straight to him.' The inevitable goal was to have a big match between him and I," McIntyre told BT Sport. "Unfortunately, I wasn't ready at the time. Things worked out the way they worked out. I believe it led to -- instead of myself vs. Undertaker -- Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker, the retirement match. Obviously, a phenomenal match. I could not deliver on that level at the time. A lot of time passed and eventually I got the opportunity to have the tag match with myself and Shane McMahon against Undertaker and Roman [Reigns]. After the Goldberg match, our goal was to give him a match that he deserves. It went extra well. He was moving around great and was very happy after the fact. I may have dropped in the conversation, 'there's a certain match I was promised 10 years ago.' I've got my list of things that I returned to WWE to do. Number one was win the WWE Championship, which I've done. Wrestle The Undertaker, after seeing him at WrestleMania and how good he looked, is up there. I know he's capable of doing it and I want it to happen before he rides off into the sunset."
McIntyre ended up losing to Undertaker on the March 19, 2010 episode of WWE SmackDown. He competed in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 26, but was not successful in capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase.
In an interview with Lilian Garcia, McIntyre discussed his relationship with Undertaker and how he would speak in riddles. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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