Drew McIntyre signed with WWE in 2007, making his debut as a heel at SmackDown in the episode of October 12th where, accompanied by Dave Taylor, he defeated Brett Major without much difficulty, repeating the victory also the following week thanks, this time, to the help of Taylor.
Subsequently, in 2008, McIntyre moved to Raw, being split by Taylor, making his debut on January 6 at Heat come face by defeating Charlie Haas. However, after a short time, McIntyre was sent to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) development territory to hone his skills.
McIntyre is a one-time Intercontinental Champion and two-time WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champion. He performed as Drew Galloway outside of WWE from 2001–2007 and again from 2014–2017, most notably with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he was a one-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion and one-time Impact Grand Champion.
During a long interview with Sporting News, the Scottish superstar reflected on where his career would be if he hadn’t been released: “Not where I’m at now, that’s for sure. I think for a number of reasons, I think it would be difficult to get to where I am now without being away, without the microscope of WWE on.
I was allowed to grow and try things and fail on a smaller stage and apply lessons that I learned to WWE without that image (and) the WWE pressure. I did a lot of it with my friends in Scotland who are so supportive. Initially, I had to build that confidence until I became a featured performer all across the world, and a confident one at that.
I think if you transition me from the 3MB guy to fighting for the WWE title, the fans wouldn’t have bought it because of the way I was positioned for such a long time. I don’t think there’s any way to do it for me back then.
Maybe we could have, but for the fans, they certainly would not have accepted me without going away and rebuilding myself. I was rebuilt from scratch. When I got released, I was about 20 feet down and had to dig up 20 feet from scratch and went from there”.