Throughout his WWE career, Drew McIntyre has continually reinvented himself, evolving from the young “Chosen One” to becoming a dominant force in the wrestling world. His most successful period spanned from 2020 to mid-2023, marking him as one of WWE’s top stars.
McIntyre's journey to the pinnacle began in 2020 with a triumphant Royal Rumble victory, catapulting him into the spotlight. However, McIntyre’s rise coincided with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic's impact was felt profoundly as McIntyre clinched the WWE Title from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36, a historic win that, regrettably, unfolded in an empty arena. Despite the lack of live audience support, McIntyre's victory was a testament to his resilience and determination.
Later that year, he further cemented his status by securing the WWE Title for a second time.
In a candid conversation with ReviewSTL, McIntyre delved into his current WWE character, describing it as his most compelling to date.
He emphasized his focus on self-improvement, stating, “I always kind of compete with myself. I don’t really compete with anyone else on the roster. It’s just, I’ll never be number one because I’m always competing with myself”.
McIntyre also highlighted the heightened level of competition and creativity within WWE, particularly on Raw. He praised his peers for their dynamic performances, both in the ring and in character development. McIntyre expressed satisfaction with the current narrative approach in WWE, aiming for authenticity and emotional resonance with the audience.
Ahead of the WWE Royal Rumble, McIntyre's recent confrontations with CM Punk and Cody Rhodes on WWE Monday Night Raw have been notably intense. He challenged Punk’s leadership abilities and acknowledged his long-standing belief in Rhodes' potential, but declared his intention to emerge victorious for the WWE Championship – this time in front of a live audience, contrasting his previous title wins during the pandemic.