As wrestling fans you always remember the moment where you became a fan, and Drew McIntyre has revealed that he’s no different.
That moment when a would-be fan catches a glimpse of the hallowed squared circle for the first time is something special. A feeling that wrestlers and fans alike, never forget.
Writing in his new book A Chosen Destiny, Drew McIntyre has recalled the moment when his eyes met the crazy world of professional wrestling for the first time. But McIntyre needed more, he knew he wanted to be part of the crazy world he saw on TV.
John and I, aged about five and six, were hiding behind the sofa at my cousins’ house when we first saw a wrestling show on TV. They were older than us, and we’d do this thing of sneaking behind the curtains or furniture to try to watch whatever they were gripped by. At some point, wrestling came on . . . Instantly, I was obsessed. I can still remember feeling like I’d crash-landed on a new planet. There was Hulk Hogan and Macho Man . . . Undertaker and The Ultimate Warrior. They were larger-than-life figures, but real human beings – so much more appealing than the characters we knew from the Cartoon Network. Their words seemed to be directed at me through the TV screen, and they put on these incredible matches. I was spellbound. A few more trips to our cousins’ house sealed it. I called my parents, my nana and my brother together and announced my news. ‘I’m going to become a professional wrestler.’
Elsewhere in the best-selling book, McIntyre described what was going through his head when he went toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar. McIntyre recalls standing across from Lesnar at WrestleMania 36 fired up to a whole new level. To the point where he was “ready to drop” The Beast if he wasn’t going to co-operate.