“I’m So Hardened to Criticism”- Drew McIntyre Fires Back at Criticism About His Role in WWE

Published 06/16/2021, 11:38 AM EDT


From being one of the most popular names in the WWE Universe, the character of Drew McIntyre grows stale with every passing week. Connected with the WWE title picture for over a year now, fans are growing tired of seeing ‘The Scottish Psychopath’ indulge in the same storyline over and over again. 

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Given that he can still put on stellar performances, fans believe WWE needs to do something different with him. Speaking on Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Drew McIntyre revealed that he is aware of the criticism he has been facing lately. 

“These days, because of my journey, all the ups and downs, I’m so hardened to criticism. But I never worry if it’s constructive criticism,” Drew said. “I appreciate constructive criticism. I understand some fans may be like, ‘Ugh, I’d like a new fresh face in the picture,’ perhaps.”

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SINGAPORE – JUNE 27: Drew McIntyre enters the ring during the WWE Live Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 27, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Hub)

The Scotsman has been directly involved in the WWE Championship picture for a long time now. From the events leading up to him winning it from Brock Lesnar last year at WrestleMania to the feud with Randy Orton, to the feud with Sheamus, and now Bobby Lashley, it has been a long year for him. 

Watch this story: Randy Orton, Eddie Guerrero and More: WWE Superstars Who Pulled Off Impressive Move Reversals!

Drew McIntyre understands the fans’ perspective

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

However, McIntyre acknowledges the concerns of fans and agrees with them on certain aspects. He explained how the root of the criticism does not target his work ethic, but merely where it is being used.

“Realistically, I have been fighting for the title or been champion for over a year now – which is a pretty significant time – but I don’t think anyone is saying, ‘Oh my goodness, Drew’s not working as hard as he can to give us the best matches possible and do the best he can with every interview possible.’ I think it’s more, ‘I would like to see something different here and see Drew do something different over here.’” (h/t POST Wrestling)

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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)

Drew McIntyre will face Bobby Lashley at Hell in a Cell in what is believed to be his last chance at regaining the coveted title. He will ae to go through whatever it takes to put down ‘The All Mighty’, something that just may be his greatest challenge yet. 

He aptly compared himself to King Robert the Bruce of Scotland as a man who never quits. However, even he knows that failure here is not an option. there can no room for error. 

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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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