Posts Tagged ‘Drew McIntyre’

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Drew McIntyre’s WWE career has come full circle over the last 10 years. He went from being billed as The Chosen One to a glorified jobber to being released in the span of a few years. McIntyre then went to various other promotions to rebuild his name and reputation before returning to NXTand then WWE.

McIntyre recently was asked by Akhilesh Gannavarapu of Wrestling Inc. about his journey back and how NXT UK is a great opportunity for others who come from a similar background as him.

“There’s nothing easy about it, but you got lot more eyes on you, and a lot more opportunities…,” McIntyre said about NXT UK. “More opportunities than when we were signed. There weren’t many UK guys around; I think it was only Paul Burchill that was signed from the UK, unless you go back to the Finlays and Regals who were already living in America and were the first group of guys signed. But it was Sheamus, myself and Wade Barrett who were in that first group that were cherry-picked from the UK and brought to America.

“Now, you get to train in the UK, you get to experience the WWE, get to learn about how it is with the camera, etc. Then go to a live building, get acclimated with the country and the new culture. So no matter what town it is, it is way better opportunity-wise, and I’m very happy about it. I’m not bitter about it that I had to do it [the hard way], I’m happy that it is working out well down there.”

The European scene is currently thriving but it was much different when McIntyre was coming up. He remembered his time wrestling in Europe before being signed by WWE in 2007.

“I remember having a lot of fun,” McIntyre said of those early days. “The European scene had died down at that point and we were trying to get something going…. There was only one televised show in Europe.

McIntyre has been with Sheamus and Wade Barrett since pretty much day one and they were all brought over at the same time.

“We had a lot of fun and we all got signed to WWE on the same day,” stated McIntyre.

He was then asked about the current crop of Superstars in NXT UK and who fans should be on the lookout for.

“It’s hard not to say that Pete Dunne’s not the best considering he’s had the title for a number of years,” said McIntyre. “But there’s so many good guys and I’ve worked with the majority of them so I know how good they actually are.”

McIntyre also said that he not only enjoys the NXT UK Superstars, but he also enjoys their style of wrestling as it suits him as well.

“Everyone’s very physical in the ring and that’s my favorite style – the British style,” stated McIntyre.

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Entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet spoke with Dolph Ziggler at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.

Ziggler revealed that he is still under contract to WWE but he is currently on a hiatus. Ziggler also said he’s not currently scheduled to be at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday. It should be noted that while Ziggler has been off WWE TV since late December, he has worked a handful of live events in January. The most recent live event was on Sunday, January 20 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He worked a Triple Threat with Drew McIntyre and winner Finn Balor that night.

Below are highlights from the interview sent to us by Chris:

His current WWE status:

“For now I am on a hiatus with WWE. It took me like 10 years to get a weekend off and this is it. So we’ll see where it goes from here. Like I said we have a handshake agreement which is different from what’s on paper. I’ve given everything and we’ll see if there is more for me to give, I’ll be happy to be a part of it.”

If we will see him at the Royal Rumble on Sunday:

“Technically I am still under contract, yes, but I am not scheduled to be at the Royal Rumble.”

Reports on WWE wanting to keep him on as a backstage producer:

“If WWE wanted to keep me around it would be to be in the ring. For now. Producing I could see happening 10 years down the line but I don’t know why I wouldn’t be doing some other stuff first. It’s a great thing and there are a lot of people who are good at teaching and giving back and I love pulling people aside or if they come up to me at work. Doing that full time and basically being in the best shape of my life, I wouldn’t be able to do it knowing that I could be like no let me just do this for you. One day down the line that could be something but I’m very much not interested in that.”

Drew McIntyre’s recent comments on Ziggler taking advantage of him:

“The guy’s great and he’s probably going to be doing something special at the Royal Rumble and probably at WrestleMania. Who knows? There’s nothing really bad to say about that part but I guess if I took advantage of him it’s because if he was, in our world, not existing for 10 years, I was putting the show on my back over and over again and you get to a point where it’s like you have lobster every day after a week you’re like this lobster is ok, after 7 years straight you’re like ‘Bro, enough with the lobster bring in the hot dog’ and there you have it!”

Thoughts on possibly signing with AEW:

“I wouldn’t say I would be the next big signing, I’d say I would be the big signing I would have to say. But I have some other things going on at the moment but that should always be an option for anybody especially someone like me who has been around for a long time and as Drew McIntyre says, maybe I was riding his coattails and I gotta get the hell out of here. So you never know. I think it would be great, I think it would be a great addition to that company which seems to be for true wrestlers who love the sport and the business. It’s a great idea.”

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Drew McIntyre recently spoke with The Orlando Sentinel to promote Monday’s WWE RAW in Orlando. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Being excited to join the RAW roster and shake things up, to push his colleagues to prove they were worthy to become Superstars when he returned last April:

“I looked at Raw [last winter] and I saw room for improvement. A lot of people there looked a little complacent, a little bit entitled, not giving their all, the way I used to look. But I worked very hard to take advantage of my opportunities, so I hoped I could come in and set an example.”

Finding his motivation again when he returned to the indies in 2014:

“When I first went back, I guess in the back of my mind I had a chip on my shoulder, but I don’t think that way anymore. Now I just work harder than those around me and hope that everyone else starts doing the same.”

Who convinced him to come back to WWE:

“Triple H convinced me it was time to come home. I’m proud of the different man I became during my time away. I came back as the grown-up version of myself.”

Being eager to win a WWE singles title now:

“Now all I need to do is become the first British heavyweight champion. I’m not shy to say that’s the goal. If it isn’t, why are you even here?”

WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins was a guest on the Greg Atoms Show on 1130-KWKH after Survivor Series to talk about what he would do after he retires from wrestling, his match Survivor Series match with Shinsuke Nakamura, and his reactions about other wrestlers, like Alexa Bliss.

His match with Shinsuke Nakamura at Survivor Series:

“Yes, we had mingled a little bit in the Royal Rumble last year, but first time in a single match for sure. For me, you know I can’t speak for him, but for me a lot of respect, he’s someone who I’ve admired from afar. To be able to get into the ring with him, test myself against him, really get to find out how good I am. It’s a treat, he was an excellent opponent and I was glad that we got that first out of the way successfully.”

What he will do after he’s done with wrestling:

“I’ve already kind of got something going with my wrestling school back home in Iowa. I think once I get off the road and my in-ring career is done take probably at least take a few years off and relax a little bit. You know, but who knows I always like giving back to the business. It’s been my passion, like you said, my entire life. So it’s certainly something I feel like I’ll be involved in one way or another for as long as I can as long as I’m giving something and you know making progress, not just kind of stagnating.”

Rollins’ first reaction to the following WWE Superstars:

* Braun Strowman – “Monster.”
* WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey – “She’s an aberration.”
* Drew McIntyre – “Freak, and I applaud his work ethic.”
* Alexa Bliss – “Sour Patch Kid. She’s sweet and sour.”

Drew McIntyre has had quite the journey to reach his current position as an ally to Dolph Ziggler. McIntyre got his wrestling start in his native United Kingdom before joining WWE developmental as a 22-year-old. He was thought of by many as a future world champion but fizzled out in WWE after a couple of years and returned to the UK.

He then made his way back to the States and eventually rejoined WWE through NXT. There he competed against many of the Superstars who are still on the brand today. Thus, McIntyre is in the unique position to discuss which NXT Superstars could be the next ones to excel once they reach the main roster just like he did.

When I came to NXT, I knew it was the right move because NXT was in a position like it always is,” McIntyre said to Planeta Wrestling. “It’s up here [raises hand]. Then Raw and SmackDown get some of the talent. Talent move over and then it restarts again, and it was during a restart phase that I came in.

“We started building up the roster. We started building up the towns, the towns were down. We started getting more people in the shows and watched it go up and up and up. Then we got more talent in. People started finding themselves like the Velveteen Dream, and now, from top to bottom the roster is stacked.”

As for the next NXT Superstars to look out for, McIntyre had a tough time picking just one who could be a star on Raw or SmackDown.

“[NXT] is a really good place right now so it’s hard to choose, there’s so many talented people,” stated McIntyre. “Everyone talks about Velveteen Dream, that’s an obvious one. Ricochet is an obvious one. It’s just everybody.”

Velveteen Dream are two of the brightest stars, not only in NXT, but in the world. It seems as it’s just a matter of time until they get the call-up and are competing alongside or against McIntyre.

The creative behind this week’s WWE RAW main event between Drew McIntyre and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was drawn up by Angle and Vince McMahon, according to Sports Illustrated.

The idea behind the match, which saw McIntyre get the win, was for McIntyre to brutalize Angle to the point of destroying any hopes he had of being the Team Captain for the RAW men’s team at Survivor Series. Drew is currently on the men’s Team RAW at Survivor Series and while Angle did not earn the Team Captain spot, there are rumors of him being added as a regular member on Monday’s go-home RAW episode.

Regarding the plan for last Monday’s McIntyre vs. Angle match, word is that Angle met with Vince to come up with the match story and then Angle presented the creative plans to McIntyre. The two then went and delivered on RAW.

There was some history between McIntyre and Angle going into the match as they wrestled twice in 2016 while with TNA. It was reported that they were to wrestle each other once but Angle specifically requested another match with McIntyre before he parted ways with the company, noting that he wanted to put McIntyre over. Their last match in TNA took place from Manchester, England – the same city as last Monday’s RAW match.

As we’ve noted, WWE officials have been very high on McIntyre for many months and word is that his singles push is just now really beginning but they have major things planned for him in 2019.

Those hoping for a swift end to Roman Reigns’ Universal Title run are about to be disappointed, because ‘The Big Dog’ won’t be dropping the strap anytime soon.

This is according to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, who claims that WWE plan on building a long, long reign for Roman, who will presumably defeat Braun Strowman in at Hell In A Cell on 16 September.

Though the Strowman feud could conceivably last for several pay-per-view cycles, SI also reckon that Drew McIntyre is being lined up as Reigns’ next opponent. With McIntyre and partner Dolph Ziggler seemingly siding with Braun on this week’s Raw, it’d be a logical continuation of current storylines, and wouldn’t take much effort to put together.

Drew’s main event ascension is something many fans have been pining for since the Scot’s first run with the company. He has been subtly positioned as the star of his main roster double-act with Ziggler, and at the very least, him vs. Reigns is a fresh pairing.

As for Roman, while a repeat of Brock Lesnar’s tedious 504-day run seems unlikely, all signs point towards an extended reign. At least he’ll be on television every week…