In 2007 Drew McIntyre moved to the United States to sign a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which sent him to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) development territory. In 2009 he made his debut in the main roster of the federation, remaining there until 2014; after two years in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), he returned to WWE in 2017.
He also won the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, becoming the first man to win the title in his TakeOver in-ring debut as well as the first WWE Superstar to hold it after having previously won a main roster championship.
On 26 January at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, McIntyre won the Royal Rumble match, by lastly eliminating Roman Reigns. McIntyre also notably eliminated WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, after Lesnar had eliminated thirteen entrants.
The following night on Raw, McIntyre announced that he chose to challenge Lesnar for the championship at WrestleMania 36. After defeating Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a 2-on-1 handicap open challenge, McIntyre was attacked by The Beast.
In a long interview with BBC, the Scottish superstar reflected on changing up his accent: “We have the most difficult accent in the world to understand and I had to adjust it slightly because I was sick of hearing ‘What?’ for the first four years I was here.
I need the world to understand me when I’m champion, raise the title and say, ‘I bloody did it for Scotland.' ”