Drew McIntyre was expecting someone from the Raw locker room to step up last Monday and no one did.
Bobby Lashley issued a bounty on McIntyre, saying that anyone who could take out his WrestleMania 37 opponent would get a shot at Lashley and the WWE Title in his place at WrestleMania. McIntyre waited patiently for someone to challenge him through Raw, but no one stepped up.
Finally, McIntyre went into the Raw locker room and was looking for a fight himself.
Speaking to Alex McCarthy of Inside The Ropes, McIntyre reflected on the segment and said there was a lot of truth to what he was saying to those in the locker room.
"I had reason to go there. Lashley put a bounty on me and said if you take me out, you can fight for the title at WrestleMania. That should be everyone's goal on the roster. I showed up to the building expected to be dropped, sit there for two hours, nobody is taking me out. That's the motivation for the character. I go into the locker room and people are just sitting around and playing on their phones. Most of them aren't on WrestleMania, so it gives me the opportunity to say how I feel from a character perspective, but also how Drew feels just being on the journey I've been on. When I was younger, if I had that opportunity, I would've dropped me the second I got in the door. You've got to work hard, that's how things happen around here. I know because I've been in that position myself where I've been in catering every week. I never went online and complained, but getting online and saying, 'I need a push and then I'll be at the top.' That's not how things happen. I think it was [Gran Metalik] on his phone and I saw him. It wasn't planned and I just went with it saying, 'You get things trending and that's how opportunities happen now.' I was just working with what I had in the room and was trying to feel it from a character perspective, but it is how I feel as well because I know what I've been through and I've been there," he said.
McIntyre continued by saying, "I know sometimes you get jaded and think 'things aren't going to work out.' The truth is, it's because you're not giving it your all. That's the way I was. I wasn't giving it my all and it took me getting fired and looking myself in the mirror to realize 'you could have been working in so many different areas and you weren't.' When I got back, I promised I would never let it happen again. As much as there was some truth for McIntyre, it was also truth from Galloway coming from [the heart]. I was set up to do the interview, but let's just say a lot of the words weren't in any script."
McIntyre was eventually challenged by Ricochet, who he defeated in the main event of Raw. After beating Ricochet, McIntyre was attacked by Mustafa Ali, who was also defeated. Finally, King Corbin helped Lashley get the advantage on McIntyre.
Corbin and McIntyre are set to clash on the April 5 episode of WWE Raw.
McIntyre is still scheduled to face Bobby Lashley at night one of WrestleMania 37. In a previous interview, McIntyre stated he wouldn't mind opening or closing WrestleMania 37. In the interview with Inside The Ropes, the former WWE Champion reiterated those comments, saying, he would normally want to close the show, but because this is the first show back, he knows the first person to enter the arena will get a great reaction.
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