Drew McIntyre’s story is a well-documented one at this point, but it’s still remarkable.
From jobbing to everyone as part of 3MB to getting fired, the Scot is now the WWE champion and one of the first genuine stars WWE has made in a few years.
His next challenger is Dolph Ziggler and the Showoff tried to play mind games with McIntyre this week by bringing back recently released WWE superstar and real-life best friend, Heath Slater.
Slater came out and tore into McIntyre and accused him of forgetting him as soon as he became champion. Slater insisted that McIntyre hadn’t been there for him when he needed him.
After being granted a title match that he felt McIntyre owed him, Slater found himself at odds with Ziggler and McIntyre made the save making for a heartwarming reunion to close the segment.
McIntyre is a guest on talkWRESTLING this Saturday and as part of a wide-ranging chat, the 35 year old revealed he was behind the segment with Slater, but it wasn’t easy.
“The moment at the end was very special and I was very much pushing for that idea to happen,” McIntyre started.
“I think I saw something on the internet saying I was behind it and I’m thinking how are they getting this information?! But yeah, I played a big part in making it happen and to be honest, Heath was a little bit against it and I spoke to my wife right before the phone call I made to Heath to try and convince him to come onto the show for the segment.
“She reminded me how I felt at the time when I was released and sure enough, he felt the same. He appreciated the opportunity with WWE, it was where he had made his name, but mentally he has moved on.
“He’s ready for the next stage and he’s not sure about going backwards, so I made it clear to him like ‘trust me, this isn’t going to be like anything you’ve done.’
“The first thing I did outside of WWE was ICW and I showed my real personality and it caused a buzz and went viral on the underground, but if you get the chance to show your real personality on RAW that’s going to set you on the right course.
“I know he’s been working out hard, so people will get to see what he looks like now and it also advances our story – everybody wins.
“We finally got him on board and got him on the show – he absolutely killed it, like I knew he would.”
McIntyre says although it wasn’t a segment that made him look like the top babyface he really is, he thinks it was an important, interesting layer to the story and his character.
“It really helped mine and Dolph’s storyline,” McIntyre asserted. “I know, obviously, I’m supposed to be a top good guy so it’s not ideal in a lot of eyes to put it out there that I’ve been a bad friend. But, the way I look at it with my character is, especially given the environment we’re in, we can tell a more complex story.
“In an arena, I’d have been booed to pieces for being such a terrible friend, but in this environment I think it’s important to show my character is flawed, because I am.
“Like [John] Cena is Superman and Roman can be bulletproof a lot of the time, but I think Drew McIntyre is Drew Galloway.
“I am a flawed person and Dolph tried to put me in a difficult situation, showing maybe I haven’t been as attentive to my friend as I should have been in front of the world. That shows I’m a human being, you saw it in my face. You saw Drew Galloway.
“Then it’s like ‘I feel really bad here. I’ll give you what you want,’ and at the end we reunited, we overcame Dolph and I think it’s important for my character to show those flaws.
“It allows us to be different and tell stories with more layers and depth in this environment, and that’s the environment we’re in right now – but Heath killed it more importantly!”
Another former 3MB man McIntyre was reportedly set to work with was Jinder Mahal.
The Modern Day Maharaja had only just returned to WWE TV after nearly a year on the sidelines after WrestleMania 36 due to a knee injury, but he was forced to go under the knife again to fix some other knee issues and he is once again on the shelf.
Drew and Jinder seemed like a natural story to tell and McIntyre confirmed he was certainly pushing for it.
“Definitely [I wanted it]. For me, it’s important that everything comes from a place of truth and the more real the better. My relationship with Heath as we saw on RAW – especially the ending – it was very, very real and we knew that was our last moment. The only thing that was missing was Jinder. That would have been perfect closure for 3MB until Heath returns to try and fulfill the 3MB prophecy,” McIntyre explained.
“With Jinder and I, it’s the same deal. He’s a very, very close friend. One of my best friends in the world. He’s been through those rough, rough times with me and I’m very much an open book, I’ve grown up in front of the camera, I’ve grown up in wrestling and everyone has seen my entire life or heard about – half of it is not true! But a lot of it is – and he’s been there in those hotel rooms when I was really struggling and a lot of personal things were going on.”
McIntyre went on to explain how he saw the story playing out if they had their feud on TV.
“When my mum passed etc, he was the one making sure I was OK. I think bringing that kind of stuff to television, I’m not afraid to talk about it and I think it would make compelling viewing while also create a really interesting character to take Jinder to the next level, because we need stars right now,” McIntyre explained.
“A situation like that would really help both of us and be entertaining for the audience.”
You can watch Drew McIntyre defend the WWE title against Dolph Ziggler at Extreme Rules: Horror Show on BT Sport or the WWE Network