Former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has discussed the company’s recent releases saying despite the sadness, the stars in question potentially have a huge opportunity ahead for them.
WWE has recently had several rounds of releases both on the wrestling roster with many cuts also happening behind the scenes for what are reported to be budgetary reasons.
Drew McIntyre found himself on the wrong end of that dreaded phone call himself back in June 2014 bringing his first run with WWE to an end. McIntyre reinvented himself on the independent scene in Scotland and the US while also competing in IMPACT Wrestling for a spell. That hard work paid off for McIntyre when he was brought back into the WWE fold in 2017 as part of NXT.
A rejuvenated McIntyre went on to conquer the black and gold brand capturing the NXT Championship from Bobby Roode. The Scotsman soon made his way back onto the WWE main roster before his breakout performance in the 2020 Royal Rumble that he won. That led to the highlight of McIntyre’s career when he captured the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 36.
Now speaking to the International Business Times, McIntyre has discussed those unfortunate enough to find themselves released from the company. McIntyre says that there might be a chance for many of them to ply their trade now fans are being welcomed back to shows.
“You know, when the releases happen, it’s a sad time. We’re gonna miss seeing a lot of our superstars regularly every week (on) television. But at the same time, it is a huge opportunity. That’s the way I look at it.”
“Perhaps some of the superstars that were released weren’t particularly happy with their position. Now, they have an opportunity to go out there and reinvent themselves and the world’s opening back up. The wrestling scene was thriving and will be thriving again very soon with live fans back in the building all across the world. And they’ll get the chance to go out there and try something different. Really make their own name and create their own buzz.”
Drew McIntyre then discussed his own experience, saying that he wanted to reinvent himself in his own image rather than what he was seen as in WWE and that those released can do the same:
“I was so fortunate that when I was released from the WWE, that’s exactly what my mindset was–I’m gonna put the image out that I see myself as, as opposed to what others see me as. Thankfully, it caught on. I was given a lot of opportunities outside of WWE to make my name and it brought me back to WWE and to the top of the mountain.”
“There are so many talented individuals that just got released. They can do exactly the same [as I did]. If they’ve got the work ethic and the passion, they’re gonna make it happen and I’ll see them all again one day.”