WWE has officially confirmed via WWE.com that former Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre, who made a surprise appearance at Saturday night's NXT TakeOver: Orlando event, has signed with NXT. It was earlier reported that McIntyre had also revealed to ESPN that he had signed with the brand.
Below is WWE's official announcement:
"Former WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre has returned with his eye locked firmly on the NXT Championship.
In the midst of NXT TakeOver: Orlando, rumors instantly began to circulate when the "Sinister Scotsman" was spotted watching the live WWE Network event very closely from his seat in the capacity crowd.
But speculation instantly dissipated when McIntyre revealed to ESPN that he has signed as NXT's newest Superstar.
This huge news immediately conjures thoughts of dream showdowns between the hard-hitting McIntyre and the NXT roster’s elite. And judging by the reaction of the NXT Universe when he was shown donning a sly smile in attendance, fans were certainly excited by the prospect of him stepping through the yellow ropes very soon.
Stay with WWE.com for more on this developing story, and don’t miss NXT this Wednesday night at 8/7 C on WWE Network"
You can also click here to watch a WWE.com exclusive interview with McIntyre.