Drew McIntyre has recently revealed his favourite WrestleMania match of all time, citing the iconic first bout between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels on ‘The Grandest Stage Of Them All’!
Speaking with Bleacher Report, the former WWE Champion pointed towards the incredible bout at WrestleMania 25 as the “perfect” match. The performance, which won match of the year awards from both Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2009, is heralded by fans and critics alike as one of the all-time classic bouts in professional wrestling.
Drew McIntyre, who would make his main roster debut later that year, detailed his love for the match:
“Because I love the match so much, it’s hard not to say Shawn [Michaels] and Taker, their first match at WrestleMania 25. It was the perfect match to me. Where they were at in their careers, there’s so much equity that they could have just went out there and had that match without any build. But I do remember the match being so cool, and the match itself was so freakin’ unbelievable. The fans were so hooked the whole time.”
McIntyre would go on to credit The Rock vs Hulk Hogan’s ‘Icon vs Icon’ match at WrestleMania X8 as another all-time classic:
“The way they built that, you’d expect the crowd to react more favorably to The Rock. But they didn’t. They saw Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania, nostalgia kicked in and they went crazy for Hogan but at the same time were still reacting for The Rock. They were just loud, to a level I’ve never really seen before. It was just absolutely unreal. That match was so cool how they switched roles out there.”
Drew McIntyre, who defeated Brock Lesnar in the main event of last year’s WrestleMania, recalled capturing the WWE Championship and admitted that he was a little disappointed at the lack of a live crowd:
“I’d be lying if I said part of me wasn’t a little disappointed I didn’t have 70,000 people and my family and wife in the crowd going crazy, being able to jump into the crowd and all that stuff. I sat down and talked about it with the wife, and saw how serious the COVID situation was and I realised how big [WrestleMania 36] was for the world, for an escape for everybody, and the fact my story was a feel good story.
I was like, ‘You know what, this is bigger than my selfish moment.’ And I did have my moment, that’s the thing as well. I won the title, and even though it was silent, I had a really private moment the crowd got to watch at home with the title. Instead of the adrenaline being off the charts, raising my hand and jumping in the crowd, I had a really private moment looking at the title and a montage went through my head of everything I’ve been through to get to that moment. When I realised what was happening, I was like, ‘oop, there’s Brock Lesnar lying there. Oop, we’re live at WrestleMania, I need to do something.’
To me, that was my WrestleMania moment right there. It will be remembered forever as the WrestleMania the time stood still. At the same time, I’d still love to have a moment with the fans this year.”
Drew McIntyre is set to face current WWE Champion Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 37 in the hopes to reclaim RAW’s most coveted prize!