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Drew McIntyre recently spoke with Indian Express to promote tonight’s WWE Money In the Bank pay-per-view and said he’s hoping to win the briefcase tonight.

“I am for sure a champion in waiting and am hoping to win the Money in the Bank and speed up the process. Since I have never had a title shot that MITB contract will guarantee an opportunity whenever I decide the time.” McIntyre continued, “I have been very patient and it’s been a year now with zero opportunities. So my patience has run out, and I will win the MITB and cash it in becoming the champion.”

McIntyre said he will be keeping an eye on everyone in the men’s Ladder Match, but he believes he is the biggest threat. The match will also feature Ricochet, Randy Orton, Ali, Andrade, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.

“Everybody,” McIntyre said when asked who he will keep his eye on during the match. “Randy Orton has the experience, Ricochet being an incredible flyer. But I consider myself as the biggest threat.”

Drew McIntyre recently spoke with News18 in India and said he doesn’t see himself as a heel, despite being labeled as The Scottish Psychopath.

“I don’t really see myself as one,” McIntyre said when asked if he prefers being a bad guy. “I think I have always got a point. Everybody else doesn’t necessarily agree with it. It is 2019 – I don’t really care whether I am looked as the bad guy or the good guy. The crowd are booing or cheering, as long as they are making noise, I don’t care. I stand by with conviction with what I am saying.”

McIntyre was also asked about a potential match with AJ Styles. The two top stars are now on the same roster together but it was also noted that Drew is the favorite to win the men’s Money In the Bank Ladder Match on the same pay-per-view that could see Styles win the WWEUniversal Title from Seth Rollins. Drew said he’s been trying to make a match with AJ happen for a while.

“Absolutely! I have never had a match with AJ Styles,” McIntyre said. “When I went to Impact Wrestling, he had just left. In the independent scene, we were trying to set up the match but that never quite happened. So, we just kept missing each other. When I came back to Raw, he was on Smackdown. Now, we are finally on the same show. When I first started wrestling, like 18 years ago, it was guys like AJ, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Loki who were the new generation of wrestlers with different styles, trying to get the attention. I am very much looking forward to that (battle).”

Regarding Drew’s rise to the top of WWE, it was noted that fate has made him take the long route, but now he’s closer than ever to winning one of WWE’s main titles if he can win the Money In the Bank briefcase at the MITB pay-per-view on May 19. Rollins called it an interesting journey.

“It is an interesting journey,” McIntyre said. “I can compare it to a roller-coaster, so many ups and downs. But it is all of that has helped shape the wrestler that I am and the man I am today.

Since rejoining the WWE main roster last year, Drew McIntyre has had an entirely different mentality than he had his first stint with the company. McIntyre was just 21 years old when he was signed by WWE in 2007 and he admits that his immaturity often got the best which hastened his departure from the company in 2014.

McIntyre then traveled the world and worked for various promotions which allowed him to see how things operate outside of the WWE umbrella. He then joined NXT in 2017 with a newfound perspective on how good he had it as a WWE Superstar.

McIntyre talked to The State Journal-Register about the new mindset he had when he rejoined WWE and how he tries to prevent current Superstars from making his same mistakes.

“I can look around now and see people who have lost perspective,” McIntyre said of the WWE locker room. “They’re perhaps tweeting about how upset they are and their lack of opportunity instead of bettering themselves or working harder outside of the ring. They’re clearly not going to the gym and they don’t have that fire anymore, and I understand it because I was there. And I can spot it because I was that guy.”

The Scottish Psychopath said he makes it a point to call out those Superstars who are veering down the wrong path and tries to set them straight.

“It’s my job and my character’s job to get rid of those who don’t necessarily have that fire and remind me of my younger self,” stated McIntyre.

McIntyre humbled himself by choosing to go to NXT upon his WWE return where he won the NXT Championship, thus becoming the first person to win the title after previously being on the main roster.

Now he has his sights set on winning the Universal Championship on Raw which would be the first World Heavyweight Championship of his career.

Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre have collided several times over the past year, crossing paths in all manner of tag and multi-person bouts, as well as working a handful of notable singles matches on Monday Night Raw.

Now, it looks like they could be set to collide for Rollins’ newly-won Universal Championship.

This theory comes from local advertising in the Philadelphia area, which has the duo facing off against each other on future live events. They also indicate that Rollins’ Shield ally, Roman Reigns, will soon enter a feud with Baron Corbin.

McIntyre makes sense as a Universal Title challenger. He was tipped for the main event soon after last year’s call-up, and has spent the past 12 months edging closer and closer to contention. Though he has slipped down the ladder over the past few months, he remains a powerful heel that many fans still want to see elevated, and previous bouts with Rollins have earned all kinds of critical acclaim.

Corbin vs. Reigns is a harder sell, particularly after a mixed WrestleMania 35 reception indicated that Roman’s post-return popularity may already be waning. Regardless, ‘The Big Dog’ will work hard to get it over.

Roman Reigns recently spoke with People to promote his match with Drew McIntyre at Sunday’s WWE WrestleMania35 event. Reigns talked about the fan support he received when he announced his leukemia battle back in October, and said he was blown away at the reaction because of how polarizing his character had been in the WWE storylines.

“I was blown away,” Reigns said. “I have kind of been a polarizing character in our storylines and our industry, and our fans are passionate. They are passionate and vocal and will let you know what they are feeling and thinking, so I was nervous because this was something I kept with just me and my family for years.”

Reigns said people were able to drop their opinions of his character, and respond with an outpouring of support. He called it a huge blessing.

“Even in this crazy world of social media and negativity, and opinions and critiques, everybody dropped that. They dropped their opinion whether it was bad, good or indifferent,” Reigns said. “They were just trying to help out, and the fact that everybody rallied behind me and gave me that support, I’ll never be able to say thank you enough. I am super grateful to them.”

Reigns said he began training for his ring return as soon as he started feeling better from the battle with leukemia. He focused on that return and was confident he would be cleared by doctors.

“The moment I started feeling better, I started working out, getting back to training, trying to pull my mind away from being on the shelf — on the sideline and out of work essentially,” he says. “I just focused on my return and when the time was right, I knew my oncologist and the WWE doctors, they would give me the proper clearance to get back into the ring.”

Sunday’s match with McIntyre at the biggest show of the year will be Reigns’ first big singles match since returning to the ring in February. Reigns said he’s looking forward to the amazing spectacle that is WrestleMania.

“There is nowhere like WrestleMania when you have that many people — I think we’re at over 80,000 people again — that type of emotion from that many people is incredible,” he said. “For me, to be able to see all of that culminate after a full year of hard work, all these guys and girls that came together to put on this product for a full year, no offseason — it makes it even more special, and it’s pretty amazing.”

Drew McIntyre took the route less traveled with his WWEreturn as he willingly went to NXT to sharpen his tools beforehand. That’s not something that many veterans would choose to do, but McIntyre had a method behind his madness in going to NXT as he told DC 101.

“It was a tough decision to decide to come back until I spoke to Triple H on the phone. He’d been watching what I was doing, he was very proud and made it clear that it was time to come home,” said McIntyre. “We both decided NXTwas the place to start because of the hardcore fanbase that had been following my career outside of the company. That was the best way to reintroduce myself. I got to be a part of NXT and a leader there which I enjoyed more than anything.”

In 2017 McIntyre defeated Bobby Roode at TakeOver: Brooklyn III to become the first person to win the NXTChampionship after having previously been on the main roster. He prevailed in the match despite being nervous while making his way to the ring.

“Entrance-wise I’ve been a little nervous,” admitted McIntyre. “We had the fire dept band and they were playing the bagpipes and had the drums there for my entrance. I was little bit nervous and I didn’t want to mess it up. I was walking out to the ring, and we’re doing it live, I saw the pipers and I was just amped out of my mind. Poor Bobby Roode got chopped to death.”

Speaking of nerves, McIntyre says he is a bit nervous about his first WrestleMania singles match. He’ll take on Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 35 and says the two of them will bring a physicality that no other match can compare to.

“I got the butterflies, I’ve got the nerves. The day that stops is the day I retire,” stated McIntyre. “I feel beyond ready and with someone like Roman, who like you say is used to that big stage, a phenomenal performer and so physical like myself. I know we’re bringing something that no one else will be able to compete with because we’re two big physical guys. 

“It’s going to be a war. It’s going to be great.”

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Drew McIntyre appeared on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington show this morning to promote tonight’s WrestleMania 35 go-home edition of WWE RAW. Drew was there to promote his WrestleMania 35 match against Roman Reigns.

Drew said WWE officials are giving him a show of faith by booking him against Reigns’ in his first big singles match since returning from the leukemia battle.

“It’s wild,” Drew said of the match with Reigns. “You know, I’ve been back on Monday Night RAW for 10 months now and I’m fighting Roman Reigns, the #1 guy, returning from his illness in his first big singles match at WrestleMania. It’s pretty incredible, it’s a great opportunity and a show of faith by the company, in my ability now, and I’m very, very excited to give the world a performance they won’t forget.”

Drew also said Reigns is who he admires the most on the WWE roster right now. He was asked what it means to have WWE working with so many charities.

“It means the world,” Drew said. “We can make such a difference in so many different areas. Some areas that are very personal to myself, and with someone like Roman coming back, it’s his personal mission to get word out there and really make a difference. And I admire him more than probably anybody on the roster. I did strongly recommend that he didn’t accept my challenge for WrestleManiabecause I don’t want to have to embarrass him in front of the world, but fortunately now it’s a big marquee match, we’re two large men and we’re going to lay into each other pretty good.”

McIntyre also took a shot at WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar when plugging tonight’s RAW from the Capital One Arena and who will be there. He said, “Brock Lesnar’s actually going to show up tonight. Yeah, it sounds crazy but the champion’s actually there.”