Drew McIntyre has revealed the rather ridiculous gimmick that WWE originally pitched for him before he made his debut on the main roster as “The Chosen One”.
Speaking with Rich Eisen, Drew McIntyre revealed that WWE higher-ups wanted him to be a male model upon his debut on WWE television, something he wasn’t overly enthused with the prospect of:
“It had something to do with being a fricking male model. Yeah, I remember because I got told about it. I was about 260 at the time. ‘We got this great idea for ya Drew. You’re gonna be The Runway Man. You’re gonna come out on a runway. And you’re gonna model all the greatest underpants or whatever. That’s gonna be your gimmick because you’re this model character,’ and all my dreams just like crashed before my very eyes, but I couldn’t register it on my face because it’s WWE. It’s a huge opportunity. I just nodded and went, ‘That’s a great idea.’ Eventually, I had to cut down to 260 to be a male model. So I lost about 35 pounds to get the abs in, looking like an Abercrombie and Fitch model.”
McIntyre revealed that the gimmick was dropped after he met with Vince McMahon and the Chairman revealed that Drew really wasn’t a fan of the new gimmick:
“You know, I was a lot younger looking at the time. I had a shaved face at the time, a bit of a pretty boy. I had myself looking the part, sat down with Vince McMahon. He asked me my honest opinion of the character, and I said, ‘You know what sir, if it gets me on television, I’ll make it work.’ He clearly saw I did not like it at all and said, ‘Just go out there and be yourself.’ And I had already lost like 35 pounds. I have to gain this weight back somehow because I looked like a male model, but I have to be a butt kicker. I’m glad that never saw the light of day though. Thank God!”
Last night on Monday Night Raw, Sheamus turned heel on his long-time best friend Drew McIntyre during the show’s opening segment. The pair will likely go one-on-one for the WWE Championship at either Elimination Chamber or Fastlane.
Thanks to Rajah for the transcription.