Drew McIntyre returned to WWE in 2017, after stepping away from the Stamford company for a full three years. The Scottish superstar had failed to fully express his talent during Vince McMahon's first stint in the federation, so much so that it led many insiders to consider him an overrated.
Following his arrival on the main roster in 2018, McIntyre has twice won the WWE Championship, taking the additional whim of defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36. In a recent interview with 'ITR Wrestling', the British veteran stated that his intention was to move to Japan, but a conversation he had with Triple H convinced him to make another attempt at WWE.
Drew McIntyre praises Triple H
“I would never have returned to WWE if it hadn't been for Triple H, I have to be very honest. William Regal handed it to me on the phone, we talked for about 40 minutes and I wasn't at all sure it was a good idea.
To be honest, I was more likely to travel to Japan at that time in my career. The Game was very good at convincing me that I would have more satisfaction in WWE” - said Drew McIntyre. In the same interview, Drew explained how the relationship with HHH has now turned into a beautiful friendship.
“I really have enormous respect for him, so much so that today we are very good friends. He is not only a great executive who has done an excellent job in recent years, but he is also a father figure for many kids," commented 'The Scottish Warrior'
McIntyre then commented on CM Punk's debut in AEW: “I myself was away from WWE from 2014 to 2017, working on the independent circuit and IMPACT. I was just trying to make wrestling a better place, so there's nothing bad I can say about Punk.
Anything that's good for wrestling is to be welcomed. My thumb is pointing up." The Scottish Warrior did acknowledge that both men were very dangerous and could end the match with one move. However, Drew McIntyre wanted Orton to get the win because he cannot get an opportunity to win the WWE Championship as long as Lashley has the gold.
McIntyre predicted that The Legend Killer would go over with an RKO. “Randy, very dangerous, one RKO, and the match is over. Lashley, dangerous, Hurt Lock is no joke. MVP will sc**w you over. I experienced it firsthand. I want Randy Orton to win, obviously.
I can't fight for the WWE title until Lashley loses it. Randy is more than capable, all it’s gonna take is one RKO and the match is over. That’s my prediction!”