The first meeting with your new boss is always a nervous affair, especially if you’re a young Scottish lad called Drew McIntyre and boss is WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
While Drew McIntyre had been wrestling since he was a teenager, his assent from relative obscurity to WWE television was rapid to say the least. By his own admission the Scot went from wrestling part time to appearing on TV with the biggest company in the world in a matter of weeks.
It was during those first uncertain days that McIntyre first met Vince McMahon. Not that McIntyre thought his first sit down the boss ran smoothly.
During a new interview on The Rich Eisen Show, the former WWE Champion said that he thought his thick Scottish accent had ruined everything.
“I mentioned that I came from Scotland and was straight on WWE television, I was there within three weeks. I’ve been wrestling professionally since I was 15, but it was a part-time job because I was in school the whole time. I was basically at Uni and within six weeks, I was at WWE and on the road. I was sitting in catering, wondering what was going on. ‘There’s the Undertaker, there’s Triple H. This is crazy. Be cool, Drew.’ Vince McMahon just sits himself down right in front of me and asks me how I’m doing. In my head, I’m like, ‘That’s Vince McMahon, don’t say anything stupid.’ We have a casual conversation that lasts like a minute. He tells me ‘good luck’ and walks off. My accent was so thick back then and all I think is, ‘He didn’t understand a word I just said. I just ruined it all,'”
While McIntyre was famously introduced on SmackDown by Vince McMahon has ‘The Chosen One’ his early promise and success failed to last. McIntyre slowly slid down the card and was eventually released by WWE in June of 2014.
However, writing in his new book, A Chosen Destiny, McIntyre discussed doing all he could to try and learn from The Undertaker during those early years. The Scottish Warrior recalled hanging on every word from The Deadman, adding that the veteran, “sounded like he was talking in riddles because he spoke at such an advanced level.”
Upon returning to WWE in 2017, McIntyre won the NXT title before establishing himself as one of the main men on Monday Night RAW.
After losing the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 37, McIntyre now heads into WrestleMania Backlash looking to regain the gold by defeating Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.