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Drew McIntyre Says He Used To “Have a Panic Attack” Over Late Changes

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Drew McIntyre has recalled struggling with unplanned changes, such as last second interviews during the early part of his career.

Appearing on the NotSam Wrestling podcast with Sam Roberts, Drew McIntyre explained how he has become more confident purely from being able to be himself. In particular the Scottish Warrior described a conversation with The Undertaker, which served as a turning point.

“I’m more relaxed and in the moment. The Undertaker told me back in the day, ‘Stop playing the wrestler, be the wrestler.’ I’m finally being the wrestler and being in the moment and fans are responding. It was the journey outside the company that helped me get to where I’m at today in being relaxed and being myself. There are times when things change at the last second like interviews. These days it doesn’t affect me at all. Back in the day, I would have a panic attack. I see actors from Hollywood at our shows that are handed a script at the last second, ‘How do you learn this?’ ‘Just go with the flow.’ Now, I’m so confident to go out there and do it within the confines of the story because I am being myself,”

The admission comes after McIntyre had to show off his improv skills on night one of WrestleMania 37. As huge storm hit Raymond James Stadium, McIntyre and others were thrown into a series of backstage segments to fill time until the storm passed.

Following the half-hour long delay, McIntyre took on Bobby Lashley in the first match of the event. While McIntyre was unsuccessful in trying to win back the WWE Championship, he is set to get another shot at the champion at WrestleMania Backlash.

On Sunday May 16th Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley will clash for the WWE Title in a Triple Threat match.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.