Drew McIntyre has discussed his first meeting with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, noting that the boss of the company had a bigger build than he did as a wrestler.
Writing in his new book, A Chosen Destiny, the two-time WWE Champion recalls first bumping into the boss in catering. According to McIntyre, the man he only calls ‘Sir’ might not have caught everything the excited Scotsman said.
“Some people refer to him as Vince. Others as Mr. McMahon. I have only ever called him ‘Sir’ to his face. The first time I met him was when I had gone on the road with SmackDown, having had the call from Howard Finkel. I was sitting in catering, the self-service set-up we have on the road, eating a mountain of chicken and rice, and knew before I saw him that he had walked in. He has such an imposing presence. Still a bodybuilder at the age of 75, he’s a big guy with a personality to match his frame.”
“I remember he came over to my table and asked me how I was doing. He probably didn’t understand a word I said in my thick Scottish accent, but I thanked him for having me as part of the team and told him I was excited, all the stuff I felt I should say, I guess. All the time I was thinking he was freaking huge. Oh my God, I am a wrestler and the company boss is so much bigger than me.”
Drew McIntyre first joined WWE in 2007. After a stint in Florida Championship Wrestling, McIntyre became McMahon’s on-screen ‘Chosen One’ leading to him winning the Intercontinental Championship. After his career stuttered in WWE, he was released from the company in 2014.
After a stint in IMPACT Wrestling and on the independent scene both in the US and UK, McIntyre rejoined WWE as part of NXT in 2017. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August of that year, McIntyre won the NXT Championship from Bobby Roode.
Following a torn bicep, McIntyre debuted once again on the main roster in 2018. He fulfilled a lifelong dream at WrestleMania 36 in 2020 by defeating Brock Lesnar to become WWE Champion, the first British-born WWE Superstar to achieve that feat.
Drew McIntyre also discusses his favourite wrestler growing up, as well as the tag team that he and his brother would terrify their dad by copying.