Former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has doled out advice for the current crop of young talent in NXT 2.0 and tells them not to get ahead of themselves.
NXT relaunched as NXT 2.0 on the 14th of September with an apparent renewed focus on younger and newer competitors. Bron Breakker has been the standout of these new talents so far, earning a win over LA Knight in his debut and a tag team victory alongside NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.
“Yeah, stay the course. Don’t get ahead of yourself. You don’t have to have everything right now, especially if you’re kind of inexperienced. You know, make the most of the time you’ve got in NXT, especially the non-televised show. Remember, it’s 52 weeks a year. I used to drive myself crazy if everything wasn’t happening right now but it’s the long game in WWE because we are nonstop with no reruns, no off-season, every single week. Just take your time, learn your craft, be patient, don’t believe everything everyone says on social media be it positive or negative. Just listen to the people around you. They’ve been around for a long time and you’ll be fine.”
Drew McIntyre returned to WWE as part of the NXT brand in April 2017 following a three-year hiatus from the company. In just four short months McIntyre found himself as the top dog on the black and gold brand after he defeated Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.
After suffering an injury, Drew McIntyre made his way back to the main roster of WWE in early 2018 at the side of Dolph Ziggler. Together the duo captured the RAW Tag Team Championship but bigger things lay ahead for the Scotsman.
In 2020, McIntyre slayed The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar, first on his way to winning the 2020 Royal Rumble and then again at WrestleMania 36 to capture his first WWE Championship.
If any of the future stars of NXT 2.0 are looking for a blueprint for success to follow in WWE, they’d be well served to heed McIntyre’s words of advice.