Below are some highlights from the interview:
On being released by WWE in 2014:
“The truth is, 3MB were on everything at the time,” McIntyre explained about the time of his release. The consistent work had even allowed him the freedom to move into a new place with his wife (then girlfriend).
“We’d been there for three days when I got the call. The guaranteed money isn’t there anymore. That’s a scary situation.”
“Once things started to happen and I was succeeding beyond my expectations, [I knew] it was because I was giving everything I had. It was very clear I wasn’t giving my all in the past, not even close,” he explained. “It took a few months of truly being in charge of myself [and] not having a guaranteed check from WWE to realize [that].”
“[Being released] put all the pieces together. It was sink or swim, and I swam like no other before me,” McIntyre said. “That’s what’s crazy about coming back. In NXT, when I initially become champion, I went, ‘Wow. I did this as Drew Galloway, not Drew McIntyre. This is the real me.’ That’s pretty cool.”
On the current Raw locker room:
“I remember thinking, ‘Man, people are so relaxed now,’ acting like it’s not live Raw,” McIntyre said of his visit to the backstage. “There’s no tension in the air. Everyone is just getting along like we’re at band camp.”
“There are Superstars that deserve to be at the top and do give everything. But unfortunately, a vast majority wouldn’t have survived 11 years ago when I got signed.”
“Those who ask themselves, ‘Is he talking about me?’ Positive or negative, the answer is probably yes.”
On teaming with Dolph Ziggler:
“In the end, it trickles down from the top to the bottom. WWE Raw is the No. 1 sports-entertainment show in the world. If it starts to suffer, the rest of the sports-entertainment world starts to suffer,” McIntyre claimed. “Together, we can bring a new era into WWE and lead them into where they need to be.”
“We are truly leading by example, no matter how anyone sees us,” said McIntyre. “This is for everyone’s own good.”
They also discuss his time in NXT and more.
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