Drew McIntyre has spoken about an unexpected run-in with the law that left him worried he wouldn’t make it home in time for WrestleMania.
In an unprecedented move, WrestleMania 36 was pre-recorded several days before it aired due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This left WWE Superstars in the unusual position of being able to watch ‘The Show Of Shows’ at home.
McIntyre and his wife Kaitlyn decided to mark the day in their own special way. They decided to take a trip to see the original venue for WrestleMania 36, Raymond James Stadium. However, what started out as a quiet way to mark a special day almost ended in very strange circumstances indeed.
Writing about the experience in his new book, A Chosen Destiny, Drew McIntyre says:
“Kaitlyn and I decide to honour the day as if it were in non-Covid times, to get a feel of what it could have been like, so that morning we set off to look at the Raymond James Stadium – just a short drive from our house. The whole scenario is odd. The sky is grey and overcast. Rain starts to fall, darkening the deserted streets.”
“We cannot get close to the stadium because it has been closed off and converted into a drive-in Covid-19 testing site. So we head towards Tampa International Airport, which lies on a slight elevation a few blocks to the west. I know from the thousands of times I have landed back home after my 300-plus days on the road per year that you get a great view of the stadium from there, and Kaitlyn wants to film me with the original Mania venue in the background.”
With a trip close to the stadium out of bounds, the top of a multi-storey car park nearby had to make do:
“The airport is eerie too, with flights grounded and no arrival or departure bustle. We drive into the vast, empty, multi-storey parking lot. There is nobody around. We head to the top level, and I stand gazing over the wall at the stadium, wondering what is going on down there. This is at the very beginning of the pandemic and everything is still a big unknown. Are there lines of sick people? Are people going to turn into zombies? We have no idea.”
“I take a little time to let the significance of the day sink in. I am enjoying a montage of images from my life whirling in my head when the cops start showing up like they do in the movies, cars swooping in across the parking lot towards us. Kaitlyn and I jump straight back into our car, and the cops pull up behind us, lights flashing, and I’m like, ‘Come on, man, don’t arrest me! I’ve got to get home and watch WrestleMania.’ We get away, no problem.”
Drew McIntyre also writes in the book about his main event match with Brock Lesnar. The Scotsman says he was ready for a fired-up Lesnar if things got too real in the ring.