Forward of the ‘WrestleMania when the world stood nonetheless,’ Drew McIntyre weighs in on why followers ‘received’t ever overlook’ his match with Brock Lesnar. He additionally shares his ideas on Roman Reigns pulling out of the present.
For causes that the WWE by no means anticipated, WrestleMania 36 might be one for the historical past books. Not solely is “the showcase of the immortals” happening over two nights as an alternative of 1, however it is going to be held in entrance of the WWE Efficiency Middle in Orlando as an alternative of a packed Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. As a substitute of 70,000-plus screaming followers, Drew McIntyre will battle Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship in entrance of only a scant handful of WWE employees. For Drew, 34, this isn’t the “WrestleMania Second” he envisioned when he first joined the WWE in 2007.
The “Scottish Terminator,” who received the correct to problem Brock, 42, for the WWE title after successful the 2020 Royal Rumble (through which he additionally eradicated Brock, through his “Claymore” kick), might expertise probably the most important second in his sports-entertainment profession in entrance of virtually no one. Drew, as he says throughout his EXCLUSIVE interview with MeSlop, needed to work by way of his emotions over this. Nonetheless, with WrestleMania being the one sports-related leisure occurring, he realized how a lot of a “huge deal that is.”
Drew shares what went by way of his thoughts when he first heard that WrestleMania would happen in entrance of no followers, why he thinks he’s the one to defeat Brock Lesnar “for good,” and his ideas on cancer-survivor Roman Reigns pulling out of WrestleMania out of considerations for his well being.
MeSlop: This weekend, you could possibly turn into the WWE Champion by beating Brock Lesnar – in entrance of an empty area. You possibly can doubtlessly have a championship reign, relying on how lengthy these ‘shelter in place’ orders final, the place you by no means carry out in entrance of the WWE Universe. Does that truth weigh in your thoughts, particularly since turning into the WWE champ has been of yours for over a decade?
Drew McIntyre: It’s a very completely different scenario. Clearly, after I discovered that WrestleMania was shifting to the Efficiency Middle, and we weren’t going to have any followers there, my preliminary response was disappointment and anger. I labored so exhausting and couldn’t imagine that this needed to occur, however then, I sat down and thought of it.
I’m a bit older, and a bit wiser and realized that it wasn’t nearly my egocentric causes. We’re pushing ahead and giving everyone an escape proper now. Particularly for WWE followers proper now or [for fans] simply beginning to watch WWE, on the lookout for one thing to do whereas sitting inside with all this time. Then, I noticed, ‘Okay, it is a huge deal!’ We’re nonetheless giving them a present. It is a WrestleMania that may by no means be forgotten.
Individuals have their huge moments at WrestleMania yearly. Individuals find it irresistible within the second or hate it within the second, in case you are a nasty man. The subsequent day, they speak about it, and the subsequent week, they speak about it, and historical past forgets it will definitely. However, nothing will ever be forgotten in this interval. They received’t overlook the WrestleMania when the world stood nonetheless. They received’t overlook the interval afterward after we pushed ahead and entertained everybody so long as we might with the CDC tips.
I’d be rattling proud to be champion throughout this era when it was a troublesome time not for the corporate however a troublesome time for the world. I’ve been round lengthy sufficient, wrestled lengthy sufficient, and have tailored lengthy sufficient that I’ve tailored to each scenario. I do know in the long run that if the WWE Universe can’t be there stay, that’s wonderful. I do know that I’m skilled sufficient that I’ll hold them entertained from afar.
Roman Reigns was scheduled to tackle Invoice Goldberg for the WWE Common championship, however he requested to be taken off the cardboard out of well being considerations. As we all know, Roman is a leukemia survivor, and his compromised immune system places him in danger for coronavirus. How are you and the WWE supporting him by way of this tough determination?
It’s a great time. The WWE is taking the protection of the Superstars to the subsequent degree by following the CDC tips. Each single person who involves the Efficiency Middle was totally examined to ensure they’re wholesome to compete, and the numbers have been saved so low. So, if somebody doesn’t really feel comfy or are in danger, then the principles state in case you really feel sick or don’t cross the bodily, then this isn’t the time to threat or push it. Now will not be the time to threat something. Everybody understands. WWE understands. The Superstars perceive, and the followers perceive. No person blinks a watch. It’s all about security with everybody and Roman proper now!
This previous Uncooked Paul Heyman selected to hype you up but additionally say that Brock Lesnar would beat you similar to he has achieved to many others like The Rock, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, and many others. What makes you the one to lastly be the man who beats Brock Lesnar for good?
‘Conquer the conqueror.’ Effectively, other than the attention check, after I went head to head with Brock Lesnar, I believe folks gasped as a result of Brock is [used to] towering over everyone. He is an insane athlete. He is so quick, so sturdy, and so explosive. He runs by way of everyone, however folks know me as being aggressive and equally dominant. So, that eye check, folks went, ‘Wow! Drew is an analogous athlete to Brock and searching down on Brock!’ That’s fairly cool, for one.
Two, the final time they noticed us collectively, I didn’t drop him simply as soon as — which is fairly spectacular and doesn’t usually occur, particularly with somebody like Brock Lesnar. I dropped him as soon as and noticed the look on his face with what I did with The Claymore. Then, I gave it to him once more, then once more, and I raised the title.
So that’s the reason it’s such a novel construct with Paul Heyman. No person paints an image like Paul Heyman. He is like Davinci with that microphone. He will paint this loopy image, however within the final two weeks, I did one thing that no one has ever achieved. I made historical past as a result of after that occurred, Brock wished to indicate as much as work and scuffle with me to show to himself that ‘this man can’t beat me.’ He’s like, ‘I do know he obtained me that point, however I’ve to show to myself that I can take him earlier than WrestleMania!’ However after that first day, I can play thoughts video games too.
Brock is indignant, Paul is portray this marvelous image and [on Uncooked] this week, it appeared like Brock was going to tear the digital camera and break it as I wasn’t there once more. I made him so indignant! I obtained him to indicate as much as work two weeks in a row, which doesn’t occur with Brock Lesnar. Then, Paul Heyman got here and painted this marvelous image as he all the time does, however behind Brock’s thoughts, he is aware of that the final time I used to be there, I dropped him. The final time Drew and Brock have been collectively, Drew dropped Brock. So till WrestleMania, that would be the final picture he’ll have of me.