Drew McDonald, a legend of the British wrestling scene seemingly appears in WWE 2K22 under a pseudonym.
WWE 2K22 was finally released on March 8th, after the series had taken a year off in 2021.
The game features a deep roster of current WWE Superstars and WWE legends, giving fans plenty of opportunity to take control of their favourite stars. The game also sees a return of GM Mode, with players taking control of one of WWE’s four brands in an effort to make it WWE’s ‘premier brand.’
As a result, GM Mode features a number of ‘local talents’ for players to book into matches as their brand grows.
Posting on social media, Indie wrestler and former ICW Tag Team Champion, Lou King Sharp pointed out that he’d come across a familiar face in the game. A wrestler listed under the name Red Monsoon, who shares a crazy resemblance to British wrestling legend Drew McDonald.
Big Drew McDonald in WWE 2k22's GM mode! Why is no one talking about this?!? pic.twitter.com/ZL4pcLS6Bc
— Blood Tourist LKS 🤙 (@LouKingSharpUK) March 10, 2022
Born in Perth, Scotland, Drew McDonald rose to prominence during British wrestling’s boom period in the 1980’s. After starting out in his native Scotland, McDonald moved south to England in 1984 joining Joint Promotions, who were the largest promotion in the country.
Over the remainder of the decade, McDonald was a regular presence on ITV’s wrestling coverage, appearing alongside household names such as Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks.
After the collapse of wrestling on ITV, the Scot made his way to the famous Stampede Wrestling promotion in Canada via Britain’s All-Star-Wrestling. While in Canada, McDonald faced the likes of a young Chris Benoit, working under the name Ben Doon McDonald. He later returned to the UK, competing against other British stalwarts such Robbie Brookside and Dave Finlay.
McDonald remained active into the 2000’s, wrestling his last match in 2013.
Drew McDonald sadly passed away on February 9th, 2015, aged 52, after a battle with cancer. On that night’s episode of Monday Night Raw, now former WWE star Paige, paid tribute to the British legend, performing with the words, ‘RIP Drew McDonald’ painted on her arms.