Drew McIntyre recently spoke about his run leading up to winning the WWE title. He lost his WWE title several months ago. He spoke about it on the Notsam wrestling podcast. According to Drew, he knew that he would win the title way before entering the 2020 Royal Rumble match.
He stated that he could simply feel it. “I felt it from the fans, which was cool,” McIntyre said. “But, like I mentioned earlier, I was at a different place mentally. I was like ‘the longer it takes, the better.’ The more they want it, the better.
Because I understand now that it’s 52 weeks. We’ve got to get to a point where they know me inside and out.’"
Drew McIntyre On Finding Out That He Is Ready for a Title Run
“The thing about that period was, I could’ve gone for it, but I wasn’t quite ready.
I knew that. I knew there were pieces missing from the jigsaw puzzle. I know I didn’t quite have that connection with the fans that I needed. Even as a heel I was just ‘fake, angry bad guy.’ I didn’t quite have the defined character at the time and I didn’t quite know who I was 100%.
As comfortable as I was, at the time I knew there was something missing. And I remember consciously seeing it on Twitter, feeling it from the crowd and being told in person by fans ‘why aren’t you in here?’ I’m like ‘okay, they’re feeling it.
That’s cool. But I know it’s not time yet. And when it’s time, I’ll know as well.’ “It did take until basically 2020 until I started feeling like ‘okay, the final pieces are falling into place.
Now’s the time that we’re going for the title, now I feel like I’m in the spot where the connection has been made. I know who I am inside and out because it’s just me finally.' ” Drew McIntyre stated that he knew he was ready for a title during one non-televised event.
“I remember there was one particular match in Madison Square Garden where I was wrestling No Way Jose. And he came out first, did his shtick and it was a good reaction, babyface reaction. And then I come out and I’ve never heard a reaction like that in my career at that point.
I go out in the ring and No Way looked at me and said ‘Stone Cold?’ I was like ‘I have no idea what’s going on!’. "