Drew McIntyre recently spoke with Mirror in the UK to promote his upcoming WWE Championship match with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 36. He discussed a number of topics, including competing in an empty arena, what Brock Lesnar is like outside of the ring, being a leader in the locker room and more.
Below are some questions, along with McIntyre’s answers:
There is no other way of looking at it, but to say this will be a history-making WrestleMania – there may never be another like this one. WWE has been determined to make it happen. What can you tell us about your feelings towards the whole WWE team at this point?
I have all the respect in the world for all of our team, especially the unsung heroes, that you don’t hear about working tirelessly to put the arenas together and make us look like superstars. We [pro wrestlers] just go out and do the job in the ring, but it’s everyone around us that makes us into superstars.
Like you say, and I’m glad you put it that way, no one is going to forget this WrestleMania. People have been sending me messages of commiserations like ‘I’m sorry this isn’t going to be the moment you imagined’, and no, it’s not, but right now if you look at the bigger picture, for one thing, we are going to give the world something to look forward to and bring them some unique content.
We are bringing WrestleMania at a time where it almost seems impossible. I’m very proud that WWE is pushing ahead, and following the guidelines, and keeping everybody safe. I’m very excited about it.
It’s fascinating to hear that the dream of wrestling Lesnar has been a source of motivation for you, for longer than most people probably realize. What would you say are some of his best qualities?
Inside the ring, there’s nobody like him… that sense of danger and unpredictability. When Brock’s out there, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Like everybody knows, he’s a very dangerous man, and we’ve seen some of the things he’s done in matches like picking people up with one arm and throwing people around like a sack of potatoes. Look, anything can happen when Brock’s out there in the ring and I love that sense of danger because it is my style.
You know, being so aggressive, and hard-hitting, which some people don’t like, but that’s Brock’s style too. Brock as a person, outside of the ring, I was very blown away. Clearly, he’s a very smart businessman, just because of the way his career has panned out, but just hearing him talk, you know? And his IQ for wrestling, and for how to portray yourself as a top draw performer, is just through the roof. I’ve been learning a lot just being around Brock Lesnar, and Paul Heyman.
One thing that you have often spoken about is becoming a leader. You are now in a position where this is becoming a reality. How important is it for you to lead team WWE at a challenging time like this?
It’s important in general, you know? For me to be a leader and pull the wagon and represent [the brand of WWE], that’s what I’ve been training for. From winning championships in multiple companies, through to NXT, the goal was to eventually be ‘the guy’ of this entire industry. I always said, all the ups and downs in the ring, and outside the ring, of this 19-year career, have paved the way for any situation.
They also discuss special crowd reactions that he’s been a part of, milestones that he has been a part of and more.
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