WWE star Drew McIntyre is very impressed with the number of superstars in the company from his native Scotland.
The former WWE champion was the first Scottish-born wrestler to be signed by the giant business and in recent years, several more have been signed such as former Raw women’s champion Nikki A.S.H and most recently, Doudrop and NXT star Kay Lee Ray.
And speaking about their success, McIntyre has heaped praise on his compatriots who are thriving in WWE.
“It’s crazy how many Scottish people we have in WWE now, me being the first one signed from Scotland was such a big thing at the time and the first ever," he said.
“I never imagined a world where so many countries would be represented in WWE, especially the UK but specifically Scotland.
He added: “It’s not just all guys there’s a ton of girls which is really cool to see as well. It’s bizarre knowing Nikki’s from Glasgow and Doudrop’s from my hometown, there must be something in the water there.”
Speaking of Scotland, McIntyre rocked his home crowd at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow last night, which brought an end to WWE’s first UK tour since 2019.
It was a special day for the star grappler, who rode an open top bus through the city and exchanged gifts with the Lord Provost of Glasgow before the show.
He defeated former buddy Jinder Mahal in a Glasgow Street Fight and received raucous cheers from his adoring fans.
Later that night the 2020 Royal Rumble winner took to Twitter and penned: “One of the most special nights of my life. Thank you, Glasgow. Until next time.”
This tour marked the first time McIntyre had been back to Scotland since he became WWE champion.
The 36-year-old went on a long journey to reach the summit of professional wrestling, which included a total of three years away from the company after he was sacked.
When asked what he learnt about himself during that time, he explained: "I done a whole bunch of growing up, as a performer in the ring but also as a man outside the ring, which in turn enhanced the performer.
The 2020 Superstar of the Year continued: "During that period of three years I was the busiest wrestler in the world I was non-stop, but no matter how bad I felt sometimes physically and mentally I was able to keep pushing forward.
"I had such a clear goal in my head that I still have to this day. I didn't realise how much resilience I actually had."
Due to the success of WWE’s recently-concluded four-night UK tour, it has been announced the company will return to the UK in November.
This time they’ll be hitting even more cities with Brighton, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester all set to feature on the winter tour, commencing on November 3rd and finishing on November 10th.
While he is pleased are WWE back doing house shows in the UK, McIntyre hopes to go one better and bring a major pay-per-view back to British shores for the first time since SummerSlam 1992.
“We’re going to get this UK pay-per-view one way or another, I’m just going to keep saying it and saying it until it happens", he declared.
“Then I’ll be able to say ‘there we go’. Big thing off the bucket list would be that UK show.”
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