The following is an excerpt from a recent Slam! Wrestling interview with WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre:
There are a lot of questions and concerns about Drew McIntyre, and his quick rise to the upper echelon in World Wrestling Entertainment.
But in conversation, answering a combination of questions from SLAM! Wrestling readers and the staff, McIntyre is self-assured but not a massive braggart.
He didn’t, for example, avoid the query from reader Jamie Rush: “Why doesn’t he develop some personality or do something to justify all the hype?”
It was obvious McIntyre had heard it before.
“There’s a lot of hype for a good reason. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me, but I believe in my head, but I feel that… when I was home in Scotland, I was watching some of the guys in TV talking about how they don’t get an opportunity, blah blah blah, Drew McInytre was the Chosen One, and he gets these opportunities.
“Then I think about it from my point of view. Wait a minute, and I honestly believe this, if an actor in Hollywood has been an actor for 20 years, and some new kid comes along, perfect for the role — he’s good-looking, he’s right, he’s good-looking, foreign, he’s got a sweet accent — this is the guy they’re going to want; we don’t know if he’s got the tools yet, but they’ll give him the opportunity to see how he does, and if he does well, fantastic. If he doesn’t, ugh. But most think this is the guy for the role. They’re not going to look at the guy with 20 years and say, ‘Well, this guy has been around for 20 years. Maybe we should just give him the role because he’s been here for so long.’ That’s not how it works. You’ve got to think how the business is.”
McIntyre passionately went on a little longer, making the analogy that in soccer or baseball, you are often mired in the minor leagues, with no automatic guarantee that you get to move up to the big leagues.
There is a lot of pressure having gotten Vince McMahon’s on-screen approval, he admitted.
“I love pressure. I work best under pressure. … It was pretty much what I’d been working for, for my entire life. This is all I’ve wanted, I worked hard at it since I was a kid. I worked hard in the gym,” the Scotsman said. “I’ve worked very hard to get that thumbs up from the boss himself. It was just justification in my head that all this has paid off. I get the opportunity to do what I always believed I was destined to do. … It just feels like it’s in my blood.”
Check out the complete Slam! interview online at Slam.Canoe.ca.