While there are a handful of WWE and AEW stars trading shots in interviews and social media and discussing the competition, Drew McIntyre is taking a more wholesome approach.
McIntyre was the face of WWE throughout the pandemic and now that the wrestling world continues to welcome back live crowds, he is excited that more possibilities continue to open up for other wrestlers.
"They should be part of your mind, but I see competition with everybody," McIntyre told Esquire Middle East when asked about the competition. "If I’m on Raw, I don’t just see other companies as competition, I see SmackDown as competition. I want to produce the best show possible and keep my eyes on the ratings, etc. It doesn’t matter where I am. if the show I’m on. In my mind, everybody should be thinking we’re competing with literally everyone including the other brands, including NXT, including other companies. And if you’ve got that competitive spirit, it’s going to be better for yourself as a brand and better for the fans."
McIntyre continued by saying, "I’m excited wrestling is healthy once again. When I started. Independent wrestling was non-existent. We had to start a Scottish wrestling scene when I was a kid I helped build up the UK scene, which is amazing now because of NXT UK, but it wasn’t then. I travelled the world and I saw what it was like back then, and independent wrestling was still miniscule. And to see how far it’s evolved to see how big the talent is, and to see so many superstars and wrestlers across the world have a full-time living in wrestling. It’s just unbelievable. And that’s what it comes down to for me is that wrestling is healthy and a lot of my friends have full time jobs now."
The war between AEW and WWE has heated up over the last week with Rampage and SmackDown going head-to-head for a half hour. You can view the ratings fallout from the show by clicking here.
McIntyre is set to challenge for the WWE Championship at WWE Crown Jewel when he takes on Big E. You can view the current lineup for Crown Jewel by clicking here.