“I Feel Like I Let Him Down a Lot”-Drew McIntyre Explains His Close Relationship With WWE Chairman Vince McMahon

Published 02/13/2021, 7:14 AM EST


Drew McIntyre is the face of the company, and his run as WWE Champion is fulfilling Vince McMahon’s decade long vision. ‘The Scottish Psychopath’ has blasted his way through the WWE pecking order and is now on top of the world.

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McIntyre had an initial run that saw him fall from the skies. From being one of the brightest young prospects of the company, he became a jobber and was eventually released in 2014.

Reflecting on the failed initial run, McIntyre is glad to cross the bridges he could never build before.

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COLOGNE, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 07: Drew McIntyre during the WWE Live Show at Lanxess Arena on November 7, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)

I feel like I let him (Vince McMahon) down a lot and this whole journey coming back to the company, I wanted to do it for me, I wanted to do it for my fans, my family,” said McIntyre, speaking on SeventySix Capital Leadership Series, “but in the back of my mind, I still wanted to make the boss proud for his belief in me all those years ago and show him, ‘Hey, you’ve pretty much got a crystal ball, sir.’”

Drew McIntyre is grateful for Vince’s belief in him and wants to live up to that every day he fights in the business. 

“He saw something in me and I wanted to show him, ‘Hey, I’ve finally become that champion that you saw in me all those years ago’ and he supported me the whole way, he gives absolutely incredible advice,” admitted the WWE Champion.

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Initial failure hardened Drew McIntyre

‘The Scottish Psychopath’ believes that his WWE release and the resultant hard times hardened him as a person. In fact, those times gave him the mental strength to guide the company through the lockdown.

“Without that journey I’d been on hardening me up, allowing me to face every situation, it prepared me to be probably the only guy that could have led the company during those times because it’s nothing I’ve been through that scares me anymore including being in the unique times we’re in right now,” said McIntyre. 

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There is no story more inspirational than that of Drew McIntyre. In fact, his prodigal son-esque return to the WWE has already cemented him as a future legend of the business.

Now, he is tougher than ever and is the face of the company Vince McMahon always saw him as. Glory is all that awaits the Scotsman as he strides forward with pride. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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