Before Drew McIntyre returned to WWE in 2017, David Lagana of the National Wrestling Alliance followed him around WrestleMania weekend for a documentary that was supposed to be the pilot for Ten Pounds of Gold.
But with McIntyre returning to WWE, the footage was archived until Lagana decided to release it before McIntyre challenged for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn III.
Speaking to Muscle Man Malcolm, Lagana discussed the documentary and how he offered the footage to WWE.
"There was a documentary for Drew that was the pilot for Ten Pounds [of Gold]. It was going to be following Drew around WrestleMania weekend -- I wasn't aware of him going to WWE until that last day. Ultimately, we actually offered the footage to WWE and they weren't interested, which is fine, it's their decision. I enjoyed doing it because he's a very good friend of Billy and I. As a pilot, I tested out what worked and what didn't work. I shot everything. I have him and Lio Rush putting the match together, him and [Matt] Riddle. I tried to skate a real 'fly on the wall' line. I didn't produce a lot of it. Ultimately, I didn't get the big sitdown interview [with Drew]. All I shot was the reality section and I only got a couple of comments. It was kind of incomplete and I didn't know what to do with it."
He continued, "There's a scene where Drew is on his phone -- that's when I knew something was up -- he's just looking at it and those shots are in there. There's a point where he says something to the camera, and you can tell it's not his promo voice, about how stressed he is. We got to Gabe's show that night, he told me what was going on. I didn't really publicize it going to WrestleMania because I didn't want to take away from the really good documentary they did. But when it came up, I said, 'Let them know, if they even want that last scene of you driving away, I have it.'"
WWE put out a WWE 24 special on McIntyre before WrestleMania 36. McIntyre would go on to win the WWE Title at WrestleMania 36, defeating Brock Lesnar on night two.
Fans can watch the documentary in the video above.
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