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Drew McIntyre Recalls Fears That Royal Rumble Win Would Be Changed Mid-Match

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Drew McIntyre has discussed her monumental victory at the 2020 Royal Rumble and says he was expecting plans to change and rob him of his win.

McIntyre’s WWE career began back in 2007, with spells in developmental mixed in with his time on the company’s main roster. Although for a time christened ‘The Chosen One’ by Vince McMahon, McIntyre never broke through to the top of the card.

Following a spell in comedy low card act 3MB, McIntyre’s initial time in WWE came to an end in 2014. Time back on the independent scene and in IMPACT Wrestling followed before his return to WWE via NXT in 2017. The Scottish star soon captured the NXT Title before returning to the main roster.

Drew McIntyre climbed the ranks and found himself on the cusp of greatness ahead of the 2020 Royal Rumble event as he found the crowd rooting for him for perhaps the first time in his WWE career.

Speaking to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, McIntyre discussed his feelings going into the men’s Rumble match and said eliminating Brock Lesnar could have been a big enough moment, but winning the whole shebang was something that had to be experienced to be believed:

“I mean, I was just hoping for a big moment that day. And when I got the idea that I might eliminate Brock, considering what I heard the story was going to be and how dominant he was going to be in the Rumble as WWE Champion, I was like man, that’s pretty cool.”

“That’s the kind of thing that can make somebody. But then the idea that I’d win as well, it blew my mind, and I didn’t really believe it was going to happen until I was the last person standing in the ring.”

McIntyre explained that during the bout, he kept expecting to hear word that plans had changed and he wouldn’t win the bout. Alas, McIntyre needn’t have worried:

“I was laying to the side of the ring and the referee was close by and half expected them to whisper a word to me that things have changed. Other things changed on me in the past many times throughout my career, and nothing’s official till it’s official.”

“So it wasn’t until that very end moment when I eliminated Roman, half expecting the crowd to boo because Edge had returned after a nine-year absence… I heard the reaction that I heard that was equal to when I eliminated Brock… that night was the night when Drew McIntyre finally arrived.”

h/t Sportskeeda