Drew McIntyre started training at the age of fifteen in England, before returning to his native country and starting his professional career; he quickly became a regular presence in the British Championship Wrestling (BCW), where he won the BCW Heavyweight Championship twice, and in the Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW).
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.
Upon returning to WWE's main roster in 2018, he won the Raw Tag Team Championship with Dolph Ziggler, became the winner of the 2020 men's Royal Rumble match, and defeated Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36, while also becoming the thirty-first Triple Crown champion in the process.
He is also the first Scottish and first UK-born wrestler to hold a world championship in WWE. In a new interview with Joe.co.uk, McIntyre discussed becoming the first-ever British WWE Champion.
Drew McIntyre on becoming the first British champion
“It’s hard to put into words, it was a dream of mine, coming to America to become the first ever British heavyweight champion of the world.
Somehow the [British] Bulldog never won the title. Regal had never won the title. Wade Barrett got a great opportunity with the Nexus, and it looked like he might be the first Brit to win the title but it never materialised. So it’s crazy that no one ever pulled it off, but it was a goal of mine for a very long time, to actually pull it off.
Meant the world to me. And to see the reaction back home, just blew my mind. Like seeing BBC News, the top two headlines were the Queen’s giving a speech, and WWE wrestler Drew McIntyre becomes first British champion" - Drew McIntyre said.
On wanting a WWE PPV in the UK, he added: “I would do whatever it takes to get the UK that big pay-per-view that we’ve not had since SummerSlam ’92. It’s been so long, the fan base has been so loyal, so passionate, it would absolutely be a huge success.
And if it takes McIntyre – Fury as the main event to get everyone paying attention who’s not necessarily a wrestling fan, then I’m all about it”.