Drew McIntyre has discussed his boyhood hero growing up, saying it was a certain Hitman that captured the imagination of a young fan in Ayr, Scotland.
Writing in his new book, A Chosen Destiny, the Scotsman revealed who his boyhood wrestling hero was. While others gravitated to big characters, McIntyre states that he favoured ‘The Excellence of Execution.’
“My hero was Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart. I was really into him. All my friends preferred the larger-than-life characters, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, and so on, but I was always drawn to Bret.”
The former two-time WWE Champion also discusses emulating some of his other heroes with his brother, John. According to McIntyre, one tag team stood out above the others:
“John and I modelled ourselves on Matt and Jeff, the Hardy Boyz. Matt was the power-based one and Jeff the high-flier, and John would scare the wits out of Dad by moonsaulting off the wall on to me. Many years later, I beat Matt Hardy for the Total Nonstop Action World Heavyweight title and made my first defence against Jeff Hardy. I became friends with both, which was just surreal when I had been imitating their moves with my own brother when we were 13 or 14.”
Drew McIntyre held the TNA World Championship for three months in 2016. As he recalls, he defeated Matt Hardy for the title on an episode of IMPACT Wrestling in March. McIntyre then lost the title in June at Slammiversary XIV to a very familiar opponent, Bobby Lashley.
As well as being a fan of Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, McIntyre writes in his book about putting Hart to his bed after a night out got to much for ‘The Excellence of Execution.’