Drew McIntyre is on his way to WrestleMania 36 after winning the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday. McIntyre had a monster night at the Rumble, not only winning the iconic event, but also being the man who eliminated WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar had 13 straight eliminations before McIntyre was able to kick him over the top rope.
Speaking to Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report, McIntyre didn't know until Sunday that he would be the man pointing at the WrestleMania sign at the end of the night.
"I didn't know anything [Saturday]," he said. "I'm talking about [Sunday] late. I've learned through my experience just to go with the flow. And when you get information, you take it and you perform it to the best of your ability. That's why I always say sports entertainers, wrestlers, don't get the credit we deserve. You got to be thinking on your feet, you've got to be ready to improve, and you're doing your own stunts. You've got to pull the emotions of the crowd in the direction you want them to go. And there is no business like this. We literally think on our feet."
On Monday's WWE Raw, McIntyre officially challenged Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36.
In the interview after the Rumble, McIntyre already knew he was going to call out Lesnar for WrestleMania.
"Some people get upset like, 'Oh, Brock Lesnar, he doesn't show up to work and blah blah blah blah.' I mean, to be fair, he signed a contract where he doesn't have to. We can't hold that against him. What I hold against him is the fact he's got our title. We need that title on TV. We need it in the live events. That's a very important part of RAW, and I want it back," he said. "And I think he's seen me coming. I think Paul [Heyman, Brock's advocate] has been keeping them away from me because he's seen me coming. There's nobody that really wants to get in the ring with him. But I match him for size, I match him for speed, and not only that, I match him for experience—and I'm not sitting at home all the time, chilling out. Once-in-a-lifetime athlete that he is, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve, and I can match up in every other area. And as soon as he makes a mistake, which he does, just not very often, I will exploit it, and I'll win that title if I get that opportunity."
McIntyre vs. Lesnar is officially confirmed for the WWE WrestleMania 36.
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