Forward of the ‘WrestleMania when the world stood nonetheless,’ Drew McIntyre weighs in on why followers ‘gained’t ever neglect’ 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 can be one for the historical past books. Not solely is “the showcase of the immortals” happening over two nights as a substitute of 1, however it will likely be held in entrance of the WWE Efficiency Heart in Orlando as a substitute 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 workers. For Drew, 34, this isn’t the “WrestleMania Second” he envisioned when he first joined the WWE in 2007.
The “Scottish Terminator,” who gained the suitable to problem Brock, 42, for the WWE title after successful the 2020 Royal Rumble (wherein he additionally eradicated Brock, through his “Claymore” kick), may 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 HollywoodLife, 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 “massive 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.
HollywoodLife: This weekend, you would change into the WWE Champion by beating Brock Lesnar – in entrance of an empty enviornment. You might probably 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, once I discovered that WrestleMania was transferring to the Efficiency Heart, and we weren’t going to have any followers there, my preliminary response was disappointment and anger. I labored so onerous and couldn’t consider that this needed to occur, however then, I sat down and considered 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 spotted, ‘Okay, this can be a massive deal!’ We’re nonetheless giving them a present. It is a WrestleMania that may by no means be forgotten.
Individuals have their massive moments at WrestleMania yearly. Individuals like it within the second or hate it within the second, if you’re a foul man. The following 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 gained’t neglect the WrestleMania when the world stood nonetheless. They gained’t neglect the interval afterward once we pushed ahead and entertained everybody so long as we may with the CDC pointers.
I might be rattling proud to be champion throughout this era when it was a tough time not for the corporate however a tough 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 reside, that’s tremendous. I do know that I’m skilled sufficient that I’ll preserve 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 security of the Superstars to the subsequent stage by following the CDC pointers. Each single person who involves the Efficiency Heart 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 snug or are in danger, then the principles state for those who really feel sick or don’t go the bodily, then this isn’t the time to threat or push it. Now is just not 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 in addition say that Brock Lesnar would beat you identical to he has performed 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.’ Properly, except for the attention check, once I went head to head with Brock Lesnar, I feel folks gasped as a result of Brock is [used to] towering over everyone. He’s an insane athlete. He’s so quick, so robust, 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 looking out 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’s like Davinci with that microphone. He’ll paint this loopy image, however within the final two weeks, I did one thing that no one has ever performed. I made historical past as a result of after that occurred, Brock wished to point out 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 received 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 offended, Paul is portray this marvelous image and [on Uncooked] this week, it regarded like Brock was going to tear the digital camera and break it as I wasn’t there once more. I made him so offended! I received him to point out 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 at the back of 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.