Thinking you’ve stolen something of The Undertaker’s is likely a terrifying ordeal for anyone, but for an aspiring young wrestler, that extremity is heightened ten-fold! Drew McIntyre has opened up about the night he thought he had stolen The Deadman’s hotel room, and whether he’s told Taker the story now that they have a closer relationship.
In his best-selling autobiography, A Chosen Destiny, two-time WWE Champion Drew McIntyre discloses the story of how he spent a night in a beautiful hotel suite worrying that he’d be confronted by WWE legend The Undertaker in the infancy of his career.
Early on, maybe in my second or third week on the road, we were in Las Vegas for a show. I walked into the hotel room that the company had booked for me to find myself stepping into the biggest suite of rooms I had ever seen: a vast living room, a couple of bedrooms with a palatial en-suite bathroom, a dining room, full-size kitchen. I thought, Oh my goodness, someone’s messed up and given me Vince’s room or Undertaker’s. I was trying to figure out how this mix-up might have arisen and thought I’d nailed it. My name is Galloway; Undertaker’s real name is Calaway. Instead of enjoying this giant luxurious suite, I sat in a panic waiting for Undertaker to beat at the door, having come from some broom cupboard he had been misallocated and demanding to know why I was in his room. I spent the whole night worrying that I was in the wrong room. I hardly dared unpack. In retrospect, I wonder if it was a case of Johnny Laurinaitis saying, ‘Give him a cool room so he gets a taste of how it could be…
Speaking at a media event before his WWE Glasgow homecoming, Drew McIntyre told Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy how Undertaker “would find it amusing” – unlike the impressions the Scotsman does to the legend.
“I don’t think I’ve mentioned it to him. I probably should. I’m sure he’d find that amusing. But yeah, that sucked. I wish I knew what I knew now back then, because I had this lovely, lovely room. It was so gigantic and it had a dining room and a giant kitchen, and all I did was just sit there, worried, awake all night because I was like, ‘Clearly, there’s been a mistake’. I thought, like, ‘Galloway, Calaway. They’ve clearly given me The Undertaker’s room’, and I just sat there panicking all night. But if I go back now, I totally would have made the most of that room. And I’m definitely telling him that story as well. I have done a couple of impressions to him, which he doesn’t find amusing. I reminded him of when I tried to grow the beard when I was younger and it wasn’t doing very well, when I was on the road full time, I’m kind of walking up to him. ‘Sir.’ ‘I’ve got more hair on my ass than you’ve got your face, boy.’ I’ve done that to him a few times. I need to tell him that story.”
While that instance was purely an innocent misunderstanding, McIntyre’s book gives a unique peek behind the curtain into life in a WWE locker room, and McIntyre was asked about the biggest locker room pranksters nowadays.
“There’s not really that many, as many ribs as there used to be anymore. I mean, not towards me anyway, but I’m mental, people are probably really worried I’ll batter them or something, but I’m sure it goes on. Riddle seems like he’d be up to some tricks.”
Meanwhile, Cassidy also asked Drew McIntyre about any hesitation or regret of including the controversial content included in his book, such as naming Chris Benoit when telling a story about how he thought Benoit and Undertaker were laughing at him, as well as noting the Saudi Arabia plane incident, and personal topics such as marital problems, health issues, losing loved ones, and battling alcohol addiction. The two-time WWE Champion went on to say there are maybe a couple of things he wishes were in the book upon reflection, but nothing he’d take out.
“Maybe a couple of things I wish I put in there but there’s nothing I regret putting in there. I mean, anything that’s in there is just me stating facts, and my mindset was not burying anybody, like I don’t see the point for negativity. If anything negative was said, it was negative upon myself and the lessons that I learned throughout my career in life, and that’s why we did the book.”
McIntyre went on to note exactly how the book came about, and the reason he felt it was an important project to take on.
“It wasn’t just, ‘Hey, you know what the world needs during a pandemic is that Scottish wrestler’s life story, that will get everybody a right…’ It was more, an outside company that came to WWE and said, ‘Drew’s really open with his story, all his ups and downs and we think he can help some people. He’s willing to talk so openly on his interviews outside of the ring and talks about it openly on Monday Night Raw and we really think he can inspire some people to chase their dreams.’ And that’s what it was about. The wrestling’s a foundation. Obviously, that’s what I do, I try to simplify the industry for people that are fans and non-fans. But more importantly, it’s more about my life and those up things, but especially those down teams and to let people know, no matter how dark times might get, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. If you just keep surrounding yourself with positive people believe things are going to get better and you’re accountable to the person in the mirror.”