Drew McIntyre: The Undertaker Taught Me To Stop ‘Playing’ A Wrestler So I Could Just Be One
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Drew McIntyre was the latest guest on Broken Skull Sessions with Steve Austin, and the current WWE Champion spoke about the early years of his WWE career. Austin asked McIntyre about having The Undertaker as his mentor, and Drew said he would constantly pick his brain and shared some valuable advice The Phenom shared with him.
“You know the big one that took me a while to understand, he’d look at me and say, ‘stop playing the wrestler and be the wrestler.’ [I] said, ‘what is he talking about? I’m out there, I’m in wrestling gear I’m wrestling around like I’m being a wrestler. I don’t understand what he means.’ And it took a while before you know, the light bulb turned on and I understood what he was talking about.”
“I’m out there, I’m stressed, I’m thinking about the next move, you can see in my eyes, I’m not in the moment and the crowd can see like ‘this guy’s just not with us right now so we’re not going to be with him.’ And I wasn’t relaxed. It was as simple as that. Just relax when you’re out there, feel the moment, be in the moment. When you start feeling it, they’ll start feeling it. I wasn’t feeling it at all. I was so tense and stressed out there. You know, never allowing the crowd in, just to focus on the next move, next move. Deer in the headlights, deer in the headlights, in the eyes and it took a long time for that, it finally clicked on what he was trying to tell me all this time.”
“It was little lessons like that at the time, I felt like he was talking in riddles. I’m like, ‘man he’s not trying to help me, he’s just talking in riddles.’ But he’s teaching me. That’s one of the many lessons he taught me. It’s okay to stand there and give it a second, and let what you just did breathe. You have to rush to the next thing every two seconds. I’m like, in my head, ‘but moves, more is more,’ when he’s trying to explain to me, no, less is more. I’ve heard it a million times and it took so long before I finally started applying it and seeing the difference in seeing how the crowd reacted to everything. And the more I was in the moment and feeling the moment, the bigger they reacted and the more I walked down the street and they recognize me because that was getting all this camera time. I was finally getting my face on screen at the appropriate moments but way more screen time, I was starting to get it as the years passed.”
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