Current WWE Raw Tag Team champion Drew McIntyre has made his presence felt on the Raw brand since re-debuting on the main roster back in April. As with any WWE superstar, the goal is always to be the top guy like John Cena, which is who ‘The Scottish Psychopath’ draws inspiration from, according to McIntyre on AL.com.
“The goal is become the top person on Raw, the example on Raw, the John Cena, the ultimate workhorse of Raw. Just like Cena used to do, he didn’t have a second place. He was always in competition with himself. He is somebody I can draw inspiration from because I am solely in competition with myself. It’s great with someone like Dolph Ziggler, who’s so talented and has been very start-and-stop over the years, be at a level of focus I’ve never seen him at because I know the great things he can do, and we’re doing them right now. And now we’ve added Braun Strowman, who’s achieved so much in such a short space of time. Hopefully he can learn from Dolph and I’s experience, and the three of us can really take Raw to levels it’s never been before.”
On June 12 2014, WWE announced that McIntyre was released from his WWE contract and the former Intercontinental champion immediately reverted to the independent circuit to make a name for himself and perhaps be back in the WWE again:
“When I was first gone from WWE, I was on Chris Jericho’s podcast and I said I will be back. I just have to go out and show the world what I can do. As time went on and as I got various opportunities to help various companies grow across the world, I realized that I was really making a difference in sports entertainment in wrestling. In WWE, the name is what sells. There’s very few particular names like a John Cena or Rock who can truly make a difference, and I realized I was making a difference. And as time passed by and I was making a very fortunate living and was fulfilled, I told my wife I didn’t know if I would be back and I was happy. Eventually it came a time when my contract was up with IMPACT Wrestling, and I had to make a decision.”
“I had an opportunity to speak to Triple H, and it took about 30 minutes of catching up. He’d been watching what I was doing and said he was proud of what I’d achieved, which meant the world to me. But more importantly, we started talking about business opportunities, which was pretty cool because the first run, we never had these conversations. I was like boy, I was very immature. We had general chit-chat fun conversations, but never business conversation. Now we were talking as men, businessmen. By the time we were finishing the call, I knew NXT was where I had to be, the next logical step from where I was. I really felt like I could make a difference with NXT and introduce the WWE universe to the new Drew McIntyre before I made the next step to Monday Night Raw.”
McIntyre talks about several topics around his wrestling career such as how house shows differ from WWE TV and many more. Check out the full interview at AL.com.