WWE Champion Drew McIntyre recently spoke of the time The Undertaker made fun of his beard, during his first major run in WWE as ‘The Chosen One’.
During an interview with ViBe & Wrestling, McIntyre spoke of his formative years within the WWE Universe, and his favourite interaction with The Undertaker:
“I was just a young kid, just not quite understanding the lessons he was trying to teach me, and I wish I could go back in the time machine and just listen to those conversations when he was trying to help me out. He was speaking at such a high wrestling IQ that I wasn’t quite following him. And some of the funny things he said, like, ‘I’ve got more hair on my ass than you’ve got in your face’ when I tried to grow a beard for the first time…”
Drew McIntyre initially debuted in WWE back in 2007, before being moved to Florida Championship Wrestling. McIntyre re-debuted as ‘The Chosen One’ in 2009 and remained with the company until his release in 2014.
The ‘Scottish Psychopath’ became a prominent fixture on the independent scene before returning to WWE in 2017, capturing the NXT, Raw Tag Team and WWE Championship.
During the same interview, McIntyre described witnessing The Undertaker in extreme pain toward the latter stages of his career:
“When he thought he was alone, I could observe just that he was in a lot of physical pain. But he was such a proud man, and he was so proud of at the time – it was kind of Raw versus SmackDown. Still is, but at the time, on the European tours, he was very proud that SmackDown would draw higher numbers than Raw during the international tours. And he kind of led by example, and he would fight through every night no matter what pain he was in.”
The Undertaker bid farewell to the WWE Universe last night during Survivor Series, an event that marked 30 years of ‘The Deadman’.
Among those in attendance to pay tribute were Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Rikishi and a hologram of Undertaker’s later manager, Paul Bearer. Survivor Series also saw WWE champion Drew McIntyre face WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a losing effort.
Visit Inside The Ropes for full coverage of Survivor Series 2020.
Credit for the interview: ViBe & Wrestling