After years of traveling the roads together, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus finally got a chance to tell their story in WWE.
The angle between the two men kicked off at the end of 2020 and carried over into 2021, culminating at WWE Fastlane in a No Holds Barred match, which was won by McIntyre.
Speaking to Busted Open Radio, McIntyre discussed his friendship with Sheamus and their program with each other.
"I've known Sheamus forever. He's my oldest friend in wrestling. I met him when I was 19 and he was only about 42 at the time [laughs]. It was very clear from the beginning that we had similar goals and weren't just content. We were going to be the guys who go to WWE. We started helping each other any way we could. I was a lot smaller at the time and he was the biggest guy in Europe. He helped me work out and how to train and diet right. I was a lot more experienced in wrestling so I'd help him in-ring. We started working together in Europe, wherever we could get our reps in. Eventually, we got signed together, came to America together, ended up in FCW together and still chasing the dream. The night I won the Intercontinental Title, he won the World Title. We were both sitting there like, 'What is going on with life?' He was there for the good times and bad times. I wouldn't get through a lot of them without him being there for me. He's always been such a big brother for me. To come back to the company and get that moment with the title and him being there. Finally, after 20 years, we got a chance to put our story on television. We wish we had more time to tell the story that we would've liked to tell, but things move so fast and we got the opportunity to tell it anyway and we were grateful for that. We knew through our work we'd catch people's attention. No one is going to be more physical than Drew McIntyre and Sheamus. We got to have fun together in the ring. The best part was before the pay-per-view match, they played that video detailing our history. Both of us saw it before the match and it was pretty emotional right before we walked to the ring. We said right before, 'We'll say sorry after.' We beat the living hell out of each other, said sorry after, laughed about it, and we're excited to do something together again," said McIntyre.
The matches between Sheamus and McIntyre were hard-hitting affairs that left both men scarred and bruised.
When asked if things got a little too physical, Drew replied, "Right at the beginning of our last pay-per-view match, he punches me and catches me in the side of the head. I almost lost my legs for a second, I saw black spots. I caught my feet, looked up, and under my breath said, 'You almost knocked me out you son of a bitch.' It fired me up. I love it, he loves it, it's the way we wrestle. If you watch a Sheamus match, you can tell at the beginning, as soon as Sheamus hits you with one of those slaps, something goes off in the performer and they start bringing that physicality they've never brought out before. If they don't, they get eaten alive and that's when you find out what you're made of. If you bring it, he'll bring it, and then after you go 'wow, that was a great match.' Sheamus has brought out some aggression in Humberto these past few weeks."
Sheamus is now the reigning United States Champion and feuding with Humberto Carrillo.
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