While many fellow 15-year-olds were worried about sitting at the “popular table” at lunchtime, Drew McIntyre was already training to become a WWE Superstar. He didn’t have to wait terribly long to achieve his dream, either, as the endlessly athletic Scotsman skyrocketed from the U.K. independent scene to the big show, WWE, at just age 22.
The outlook was so bright for the 6-foot-5 McIntyre that when he first arrived, Mr. McMahon labeled him a “future World Champion.” The Chairman was eventually proven correct, though fulfilling that prophecy did not come easily for McIntyre. He enjoyed plenty of success early on, capturing an Intercontinental Championship and a WWE Tag Team Championship with Cody Rhodes. Later, he rocked out alongside Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater as the memorable faction 3MB. But in 2014, after becoming, by his own admission, complacent, McIntyre was released from his WWE contract.
The release turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Instead of licking his wounds over losing his dream job, McIntyre set out on a worldwide wrestling odyssey. During his global trek, he transformed into one of sports-entertainment’s most in-demand players, and he returned to WWE three years later — stronger, hungrier and decidedly more grizzled than when he left.
Despite receiving offers from both Raw and SmackDown LIVE, McIntyre chose to sign with NXT, stating that he wanted to compete on the world’s toughest roster. He clubbed through every Superstar thrown his way and won the NXT Title from Bobby Roode at TakeOver: Brooklyn III in August 2017, finally earning the World Championship that Mr. McMahon had predicted nearly a decade earlier.
Then, in the 2018 Superstar Shake-up, McIntyre shocked everybody yet again when he emerged alongside Dolph Ziggler and beat down Titus Worldwide to officially become part of Monday Night Raw. The dangerous duo later defeated The B-Team to capture the Raw Tag Team Championship and formed a deadly alliance with Braun Strowman.
Loving nothing more than to mix it up in a brawl, McIntyre looks right at home in any ring he enters, and the WWE Universe is all too happy to have him. When the big Scot enters the squared circle, the fight’s on.