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 on the main roster of the federation and remained there until 2014; after two years in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), he returned to WWE in 2017.
At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on 26 January 2020, McIntyre won the Royal Rumble match by lastly eliminating Roman Reigns, entitling him a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 36. In the match, McIntyre eliminated six other participants, including WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.
The following night on Raw, McIntyre announced that he chose to challenge Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36, thus turning face in the process. In an interview with Newsweek, the Scottish superstar discussed working with Roman Reigns: “It’s crazy.
To watch Roman go from an FCW developmental… I remember one of his earliest matches when I went down to FCW, and I was about 25 at the time so around nine years ago. And I was in a tag match with him and the trainers told me to keep an eye on this guy, he’s going to be good.
But I didn’t realize how good he would become and how far he would go. I was away from the company for a few years and came back and had the opportunity to be around him and work with him. And I was “wow this guy has advanced faster than anyone I’ve been around”.
I was learning from him even though I’ve been around a lot longer than him, and I was actually learning from Roman. So I was like “Ok this guy really gets it”. Obviously it’s in his blood and he’s such a phenomenal performer and leader I can learn a thing or two about this guy.
I was the big feud for him coming back from his illness, and we got a lot of time to work together and he was helping me out to learn how to be a top-level WWE Superstar."