WWE‘s first UK tour in two years ended in style as Drew McIntyre was joined in the ring to celebrate his homecoming in true Scottish style at an electric WWE Glasgow.
After defeating Jinder Mahal in a Glasgow Street Fight, Drew McIntyre grabbed the microphone to show his gratitude at being back in Scotland. The last time McIntyre was in Scotland, he had just won the Royal Rumble, but that trip was cut short in order to get McIntyre back to the US in time for WrestleMania with fears a travel ban may come into place – which it did shortly after his return. Now that McIntyre had returned, he had fulfilled a promise he made when being inducted into the ICW Hall of Fame, to become the first-ever Scottish WWE Champion.
“As a kid from Scotland with some pretty big dreams, it feels great to main event the Hydro. It’s special for a number of reasons. We think about the past two years, everything we’ve been through, and I made sure, WWE made sure we kept you all entertained. But I kept a lot of promises to you all. That time I was away from WWE, and I was in ICW in Glasgow all the time, I promised you all that I would be the first-ever Scottish WWE Champion. And that’s exactly what I did, and there’s so many emotions going through me, I never plan these speeches, I just say what feels real and what’s coming from the heart, and I come back to that kid – and I see a lot of kids in the crowd tonight – having these crazy dreams. If your kid tells you… What’s up, buddy? ..tells you he’s got a crazy dream, you might want to listen to them. I was very lucky. My family are here, they always supported me when I was six years old and said I was going to be WWE Champion one day. My friends in the crowd supported me the whole time and when I was going through some of the worst times of my life, I was so lucky that my wife was there by my side and she flew all the way here ’cause she wanted to be part of this tonight, she wanted to be here with all of you, so, Kaitlyn, I love you.”
McIntyre continued, thanking the fans for supporting him throughout his career and noting how he wanted to celebrate in style.
“Most of all, you all had my back, Scotland was always behind me. During the best of times, during the worst of times, you always believed I could fulfil my potential, and I did it when I became WWE Champion but more importantly, after everything we’ve been through, I’m back home, I’m in the last match, we’re all back together enjoying what we bloody love. I know some people have got bedtimes so I’ll start to wrap up. I saw a lot of 3:16 shirts, Glasgow 3:16, it got my wheels turning. This is the last day of the tour, everyone’s heading back to America tomorrow. I want to do it right. Austin had his beer bash, and I’ve got an idea of what I can do, but I’m going to need a little help if some of my friends don’t mind coming out to say goodbye to Glasgow with me. It’s party time!”
Drew McIntyre went on to ask for suggestions from the crowd for what he and the SmackDown roster could drink for a bash in Scotland, only to have Irn-Bru thrown to himself and the rest of the roster – proclaiming the drink as the “nectar of the gods”. Right as the “cheers” moment is happening, though, Happy Corbin interrupted to ask why he wasn’t invited. Corbin grabbed an Irn-Bru and said he brought himself out as a “locker room leader” before being interrupted by his confusion at what Irn-Bru is.
Corbin went on to say McIntyre wears a skirt and carries a big sword to “compensate” before the welcoming party made sure everyone else had a night to remember by giving Corbin one to forget. The Mysterios, Street Profits, Nakamura, Finn Balor and Rick Boogs passed Corbin around as a punchbag with Bianca Belair delivering a punch that sent Corbin into long-time rival Kevin Owens. Owens fed Irn-Bru to a dizzy Corbin and hit the Stunner before McIntyre put the nail in the coffin with a Claymore to send the crowd home happy.
Elsewhere on the card, Becky Lynch defeated Bianca Belair with a roll-up to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Kevin Owens defeated Happy Corbin after talking to the crowd and recounting how he was meant to visit Glasgow pre-pandemic on an Inside The Ropes tour, King Nakamura defeated Apollo Crews to retain the Intecontinental Championship, Street Profits defeated Alpha Academy, and a tag team match between Rey & Dominik Mysterio and The Dirty Dawgz, turned into a six-man tag team match after Seth Rollins interrupted a double 619. Balor joined forces with the Mysterios to triumph over Rollins, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.
WWE Live returns to the UK in November. More information about that tour is available here.