Drew McIntyre was a guest on the latest edition on Jim Ross’ ‘The Ross Report’, and had some interesting comments regarding the mindset in WWE‘s locker room.
Here are the Scot’s comments on how he feels the locker room needs to think:
“Don’t blame creative. Don’t sit there with a boo-boo face, you figure out the story and you tell the story cause there’s a lot of people waiting in NXT to take your spot if you’re not willing to step up on Raw.”
McIntyre also commented on whether or not there are still “leaders” in the locker room:
“There are the guys, but there is certainly room for more growth. The things I’m saying, there’s a lot of truth to what I’m saying and that’s probably why people are feeling them, probably why they are saying ‘when Drew talks I can kinda feel it’ because it’s real, because I do believe what I’m saying. I did get released, it was the best thing to happen to me because I finally got reunited with that fire, that passion. I had to sink or swim. I understand that Raw is the best show in the world, the best product in the world. We have five hours of Raw and SmackDown every week and as good as a lot of it is, there is a lot of filler in there and there is a lot guys just sitting around. They don’t have the passion it is as simple as that. I can say it because I was that guy.”
McIntyre was released by WWE on June 12, 2014, before rejoining the indie circuit with promotions such as Evolve and ICW.
After stints in Impact and WCPW (Defiant), the former ‘Chosen One’ reinvented himself, and appeared in the crowd at NXT TakeOver: Orlando on April 1, 2017, and later revealed that he had re-signed with WWE, as part of their developmental brand, NXT.
He later became NXT Champion at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, before dropping the title to Andrade Almas at TakeOver: War Games.
“I’m disappointed in myself, I wasn’t working my ass off to get to the top, I wasn’t preparing myself in the gym, I wasn’t pitching stories, I wasn’t trying to be a better performer. I think people forget that are in WWE and they become complacent. It just makes me sick because you’ve seen the independent scene right now, you know how much talent is there is out there. I was the NXT Champion I know how much talent is there. They’ve got the fire in their eyes their ready to take their spots and I’m there to make sure that Monday Night Raw is all killer. We don’t any need filler anymore. It all trickles down from the top. Like the whole industry, Monday Night Raw needs to be killer from top to bottom and right now, there’s room for improvement and I’m there to be the wake-up call that it needs.”
The former WWE Intercontinental Champion also discussed how he has improved communication with the higher-ups at WWE since returning:
“I was so nervous to go talk to Mr. McMahon himself or [Triple H], or basically anybody. I was a kid, I felt like a kid. Now as I say, I went away, I became a business man. I built my business and WWE brought my business in and I want to be successful in my business and in turn make WWE successful. How do I that if I don’t build a relationship with the people in charge? It sounds so simple saying it and hopefully any other guys on the roster are listening to me right now because it took me a while to get there but you have to start thinking this way. If you want to be at the top of the show, which you should, if you want to be champion, you need to look at yourself in the mirror and be accountable. Are you giving everything you can? Are you trying to build those relationships? Are you doing everything? And I can assure you a lot of people aren’t, and I’m not gonna be shy to start telling people as time goes on because honestly, I’ve been in the locker room with the Undertakers, the Mysterios, Christians, even Ric Flair when I was 22, and I don’t know if all of them would be happy with the way the locker room is these days.”
McIntyre took on Chad Gable on this past Monday’s edition of Raw, and the ‘Celtic Colossus’ commented on what he said to Gable backstage, before their match.
“The best babyfaces can sell, they got fire, they got balls. I told him, ‘I ain’t gonna out-wrestle you, but I’m gonna fight to get out of your wrestling. When the time comes I’m gonna smack you. I wanna see some fire from you or I’m gonna beat your a**’, and he stepped up and felt that we told the right story. He came across better for it like you said and I came across as dangerous and that’s the story we want to tell. Everyone needs to be thinking that way if you get an opportunity on Raw.”
Quotes via WrestleZone.
You can listen to the full interview here.