Drew McIntyre had a lot to learn if he was going to succeed in WWE, including figuring out what a hard cam was.
During the WWE Network documentary “A Future WWE: The FCW Story,” McIntyre recalled one match he had very early in his SmackDown career and was told by the referee to look at the hard cam. There is one issue with that, however, and that is that McIntyre had no idea what a hard cam even was.
“I got my basic lessons in the UK and Sheamus and I were the main feud around Europe. Aside from working with someone like a Robbie Brookside, there was no one that was really teaching us around that time. We were basically teaching ourselves and getting some reps in. So when we came to America, Sheamus went to Florida Championship Wrestling and I got sent to OVW. I believe I was the fastest guy to go from developmental to TV at that time, after three weeks. I was against Zack Ryder in my first match. During one of my holds, the referee told me to face the hard camera and I’m supposed to look into it and I turned to him and I said, ‘What’s a hard camera?’ That’s how inexperienced I was on SmackDown. So we’re taping SmackDown and I would stay on the road with OVW for six months. They closed and I was told I was, ‘Going to FCW to learn the things you don’t know,’” McIntyre said.
McIntyre would eventually come out of FCW and win the Intercontinental title, wrestling for WWE for years before leaving. McIntyre returned to WWE back in 2017, captured the NXT Champion, won the 2020 Royal Rumble and will now face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36.
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