Drew McIntyre has spoken about being fully supportive of Vince McMahon’s decision to go ahead with WrestleMania 36 despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing things to shut down.
WrestleMania 36 was due to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on April 5th, 2020. However, because of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE was forced to move all of its programming, including the ‘Granddaddy Of Them All’, to the Performance Centre in Orlando, ushering in the ‘No-crowd Era’.
Speaking to Inside The Ropes’ own Kenny McIntosh, Drew McIntyre looked back at the WWE Chairman’s decision to persevere with the event, saying that it resonated with what the ‘Scottish Warrior’ was already feeling.
“Yeah. I mean, he basically said what I was feeling already. We were both feeling the same way at the time ‘Mania came around and obviously it was his decision to keep pushing ahead and give the world an escape. When everything else shut down, every sport company shut down, every entertainment company shut, we were going to push ahead and I was fully supportive of his decision that, okay, everyone needs an escape right now. If we get to be that escape, that’s freaking awesome. If I get to be champion and lead the charge during these difficult times and give people something to tune into when they’re stuck at home, that was awesome. But yeah, he was definitely on the same wavelength that I am.”
In the end, WrestleMania 36 was pre-taped and broadcast over two nights on April 4th and 5th, 2020. In the main event of the second night, Drew McIntyre slayed the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar in under five minutes to capture the WWE Championship for the first time in his career, and becoming the first British-born WWE Champion in the process.