Drew McIntyre was recently interviewed by The Daily Mail, where he discussed several topics. Among them were why he decided to re-sign with WWE, his rivalry with CM Punk, and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

McIntyre on why he re-signed with WWE:

‘Being happy,’ he said when asked what was important to him about his new deal. ‘At this point of my life and career all that matters is I’m happy and I can get time with my family that I’ve not had for 20 years.

‘When it comes to creative, I can only control the controllable. As we’ve seen, almost for the past couple of years, there’s been a lot more leeway given to talent, a lot more collaboration. It’s been awesome, as you can see across the board. A lot of people breaking out and an opportunity for myself to show what I can truly do. I know with that it’s always going to be a case of roll with the punches, peaks and valleys, but there’s more to it than just that.

McIntyre on CM Punk:

‘If he’s got that microphone you know he’s bringing his A-game and perhaps the first time we were in the ring together he was still finding his feet being back in WWE. I think he realised – I know he realised, I could see it in his eyes – this isn’t the same Drew and I had his number the first time we were in the ring together, and I stomped his stupid little arm.

‘The second time, I could see it in his eyes, “Right, I’m back, I’ve got all my guns loaded”, and this is the CM Punk of old. And I knew I could either step up to his level or I can drown and I don’t belong at his level. So it was cool to have that opportunity to go back and forth and have people go, “Oh my god, this is insane”. 

‘When you thought it couldn’t get anymore insane it kept escalating and escalating. You have to be quick on your feet and you have to know exactly who you are in this industry if you’re going to compete at the top level. So I can say thank you to him for showing in that segment everybody that said well, Drew just went to-to-toe with Punk in his prime, on fire. And Seth also added to that segment in what has become something of a legendary segment. It’s all people talk to me about recently.’


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