The Royal Rumble match is one of wrestling’s most-loved spectacles. However, there’s also the potential for things to go very wrong, very quickly. Something Drew McIntyre has revealed he was keenly aware of as he powered his way to victory in 2020.
Writing in his new book A Chosen Destiny, the Scottish Warrior recalled the “heart-stopping moment” when during Brock Lesnar eliminated Braun Strowman and Keith Lee, and almost himself.
McIntyre reflected on the near-miss, commenting that Brock eliminating himself would have ruined his big moment.
“In came Keith Lee and Braun Strowman, but they started to fight each other instead of Brock and he seized the chance to hurl them both over the ropes together. Watching backstage, that was a heart-stopping moment for me. When Brock went to take out Keith Lee and Braun Strowman, he grabbed them both around the legs and hoisted them over the ropes with such momentum that he nearly went over and eliminated himself.”
“Imagine . . . There have been occasions when people accidentally got eliminated. Things have gone wrong, many times. Brock went right over the ropes with those two but saved himself and bounced himself back onto the canvas.”
“The anticipation inside Minute Maid Park was reaching hysteria. Whoever eliminated Brock Lesnar was going to win over the fans big-time, and that person was due to be the sixteenth man in the ring: one Drew McIntyre. If Brock had eliminated himself, that would have stuffed my triumphant storyline!”
The Number One Contender for the WWE Title went on to recall the famous finish to the 2005 Rumble match, where Batista accidently eliminated himself eliminating John Cena. The infamous incident was then made even more chaotic as Vince McMahon tore both quads arriving in the ring to try and fix the mistimed finish.
“A year or two before I signed for WWE I remember being astonished by the famous botched rumble finish of 2005, when Batista accidentally flipped over the ropes while attempting to eliminate John Cena with his signature powerbomb. They both hit the floor at the exact same time – and Here We Go, Star Is Born Motherfucker, they were the last two in the rumble. Who was the winner?”
“No one knew what to do, so Vince McMahon himself stormed out, incensed that the set-piece event had gone so catastrophically wrong, and Batista was on the floor instead of in the ring, arms aloft, being hailed as the winner. Worse was to come. Jumping into the ring, Vince hit his thigh on the ring apron and tore his quadriceps tendon. He then tried to stand up with his torn quad, and tore his other quad off the bone too. There’s an image of him sitting on his butt in the ring, shouting and pointing and instructing everyone what to do from the ground. Even though he couldn’t physically stand, he was running the show.”
Keen to not let history repeat itself, McIntyre adds that he didn’t want to do anything fancy or take any chances.
“So accidents do happen, and I was very wary of anything over the top rope. I was not up for doing anything fancy. Because I knew I was winning, I wasn’t taking any chances. I was only willing to do so much in case my hands slipped or something.”
Elsewhere in the book charting McIntyre’s life and career to date, he also reveals that Rowdy Roddy Piper pitched an idea to work with him in 2011.
A Chosen Destiny from Ebury Publishing is available online and from all good book shops.
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