Drew McIntyre Reflects On Royal Rumble, Reveals When He Found Out He Was Winning
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Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report caught up with Drew McIntyre after his Royal Rumble victory. The Scottish wrestler reflected on his biggest win of his career, what it means to face Brock Lesnar, and gives us backstage info on how the victory came to be.
Check out highlights below:
What the victory means for him:
It’s the biggest deal. I’ve been struggling to find the words, but the only way I can do it is to say that this is simply a dream come true. This is my life’s work. I’ve always wanted to be a wrestler since I was four years old. I sent away to America for something called ‘The Secrets of Pro Wrestling’ when I was 11 years old and kept them in a briefcase because I had to keep the secrets from everybody as I trained. When I was 14, everyone told me, ‘Wrestling is an American thing.’ Well, I was the first-ever Scotsman signed at 21, and then, I went through some incredible ups, incredible downs, got released.
What he thinks of Brock Lesnar’s limited schedule:
Some people get upset like, ‘Oh, Brock Lesnar, he doesn’t show up to work and blah blah blah blah.’ I mean, to be fair, he signed a contract where he doesn’t have to. We can’t hold that against him. What I hold against him is the fact he’s got our title. We need that title on TV. We need it in the live events. That’s a very important part of RAW, and I want it back.
On when he found out he was winning:
I didn’t know anything yesterday. I’m talking about today late. I’ve learned through my experience just to go with the flow. And when you get information, you take it and you perform it to the best of your ability. That’s why I always say sports entertainers, wrestlers, don’t get the credit we deserve. You got to be thinking on your feet, you’ve got to be ready to improve, and you’re doing your own stunts. You’ve got to pull the emotions of the crowd in the direction you want them to go. And there is no business like this. We literally think on our feet.
Make sure to check out the full interview for even more from McIntyre.