Drew McIntyre Reveals How He Impressed Vince McMahon After Getting Released From WWE

Published 05/03/2021, 11:58 AM EDT


It is common knowledge that it’s not easy to impress the CEO of WWE Vince McMahon. If Vince doesn’t like something or someone, there is seldom something one can do to turn it around. But there have been few instances over the years where Vince McMahon has changed his mind about a wrestler. The most recent example is Drew McIntyre.

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Drew McIntyre Impressed Vince McMahon

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In an interview with the ‘Notsam Wrestling‘ Podcast, the former WWE Champion revealed how he impressed the CEO of WWE by asking to join NXT.

‘The Scottish Psychopath’ disclosed that he wanted to join NXT first rather than jumping to the main roster head first following his release from WWE. This made Vince look at McIntyre as more of a businessman than an entertainer. Drew said,

“It was important for me to be there [in NXT]. I was going to put in the work while I was there and I was so proud of what I was able to achieve there. I wish I never tore my bicep of the bone, it cut my run short. But I did maximize that time, working with Shawn Michaels at the Performance Center and, inevitably, when I returned to RAW, and I started getting running, Mr. McMahon did say to me one day… he knew that I wanted to go to NXT and that did impress him.”

McIntyre wants NXT

McIntyre said to Vince that he wanted to start at NXT and prove himself. Drew wanted to develop himself on RAW or SmackDown, whichever brand they would draft him later.

Vince reportedly seemed impressed with that mindset and saw what McIntyre was thinking. McIntyre continued,

“That I was like, ‘No, I want to start here. I want to prove myself. This is my audience right now and eventually, I’ll come over here and start again, I’ll educate myself on WWE RAW or WWE SmackDown, wherever I happen to land.’ He was impressed with just that mindset and he could see what I was thinking, now more as a businessman, looking at things logically, than, ‘I wanna be on RAW!’ Than just jump in at the deep end. No, that doesn’t make sense.”

This mindset of Drew catapulted him into the main event of WrestleMania 36 where he defeated ‘The Beast‘ Brock Lesnar. What McIntyre did was no stroke of luck, as he tirelessly worked hard for years prior to reach where he is today.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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