The Scottish Beast Drew McIntyre looks back on his career.
It is coming up on a full year since former NXT Champion Drew McIntyre made his re-debut on WWE's main roster. Drew returned to Monday Night RAW as a part of the 2018 Superstar Shake-Up. Over the past year, Drew has battled the likes of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and captured the RAW Tag Team Championships with Dolph Ziggler.
Prior to returning to WWE, Drew established himself as a top talent on the independent scene and the first promotion he returned to when he was released from WWE was 'Insane Championship Wrestling' in his home-country of Scotland. McIntyre had the opportunity to step into a ring when he was 16-years old for the 'Scottish Wrestling Alliance' promotion and during a recent interview with 'Ayrshire Magazine', Drew reflected on his in-ring debut and recalled getting a concussion within the first ten seconds of the match.
“I was 16,” he said casually about his first appearance. “It was around 2001…with a company called SWA, Scottish Wrestling Alliance in Paisley. I was very nervous. I remember being in the locker room and some older guys playing with a staple gun and one of them said: ‘Hey kid!’ and stapled a piece of paper to his arm just to try and intimidate me. I acted like I wasn’t intimidated but yes I was very intimidated. I was 16, skinny, six foot five kid, ‘What on earth is this wrestling?’ Is this what I have been dreaming of? I got a concussion within about ten seconds, and don’t remember the match either. That was my first experience in wrestling. I had footprints all over my back,” Drew said. “Which, I am sure my dad has pictures of. I got roughed up pretty good in that first match. It didn’t deter me, it just encouraged me. My whole life I’ve heard that’s that American thing, and things like that even when I started traveling to England; how far it was and how difficult it was, but it didn’t deter me. Getting beat up in my first match didn’t deter me. I was the first ever Scottish guy to go to WWE, even though I am technically 6'5 and I am a big guy, and look like William Wallace, I’ll still always be fighting the odds.”
McIntyre was looking to dish out what he received in his in-ring debut when he teamed with Baron Corbin to take on Braun Strowman and WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle this past Monday on RAW and to read about how that match transpired, click here.