Drew McIntyre started training at the age of fifteen in England, before returning to his native country and starting his professional career. In 2007 he 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. In the Vince McMahon-owned federation, he won the WWE Championship once, once the Intercontinental Championship, twice the Raw Tag Team Championship (once with Cody Rhodes, when the title was known as WWE Tag Team Championship, and once with Dolph Ziggler) and the 2020 edition of the Royal Rumble match.
In a recent interview with TV Insider, Drew McIntyre discussed Paul Heyman's removal from WWE creative.
Drew McIntyre on Paul Heyman
"I don’t know the ins and outs regarding creative. I get my creative and go from there.
I figure out best what works for Drew McIntyre and the storyline. Regarding Paul Heyman the character, that is very interesting for me. The last time we interacted was going into WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar before I defeated him in five minutes in the main event.
There may be things to happen down the line. Brock is lurking in the shadows. If he wants to get beat in three and 23 seconds this time" - Drew McIntyre explained. Drew McIntyre continued, "Or perhaps Paul Heyman has his eyes on other superstars he wants to bring to Drew McIntyre.
Either way, I always enjoy a little joke with Paul Heyman on the microphone. There is nobody better than him. It forces you to up your game. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing him soon enough." In June 2019, WWE announced that Paul Heyman would be the executive director of Raw.
Heyman also appeared on SmackDown due to Lesnar being drafted to the brand in the 2019 WWE Draft in October, but shortly thereafter, Lesnar returned to Raw. On June 11, 2020, it was reported that Heyman had been removed from the executive director position of Raw, in an effort to streamline both the Raw and Smackdown writing teams into one group, to be led by Bruce Prichard.
It was later revealed that the reasons for Heyman's dismissal as executive director was because Heyman was focused on pushing younger talent during a pandemic, where Vince McMahon felt It just wasn’t the right time to do this in front of zero live fans expecting immediate results. However, Heyman was to maintain his on-screen role as an advocate for Brock Lesnar.