WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels had high praise for two-time WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, as he told Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy how he was one of the first men to congratulate the Scotsman on his monumental WrestleMania 36 victory.
At the Show of Shows in 2020, McIntyre made history when he became the first-ever Scottish and British WWE Champion after slaying The Beast to dethrone Brock Lesnar. Mr WrestleMania himself looked back on McIntyre’s success, pin-pointing the Ayrshire Superstar’s determination to be the best.
“Drew was one of those guys. Drew is a young man who was in the WWE before, at such a young age, went ahead and took a huge chance, a huge risk, bet on himself to go out and establish himself, get more experience and then come back. He came back not having to have to… I don’t know, come in and train and do skulls and things like that. He was on a separate deal and he said, ‘No, I want to come in and work with you as much as I can,’ which just speaks to the character of the young man, and the heart, and the desire that he wanted to grow and to learn and to honestly be the best that he could possibly be.”
Michaels went on to discuss how McIntyre went from falling off the mountain to reaching the very summit.
“In that time, getting to know him, he is a guy that has worked… I mean, he’s a man’s man. I used to always tell him, because his first experience didn’t go the way he expected it to… When he came back and we started working together and I watched his his growth and his ability and I said, ‘Man, you’re a six five, 245-pound Scottish stud, man.’ I said, ‘They are going to love you. You are going to get back there and you’re going to do well.’ And honestly, it was. I was one of the first guys to congratulate him after he won the championship. So proud of him and everything that he’s accomplished.”
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Discussing the importance of McIntyre’s win to Scotland, The Heartbreak Kid said he “can’t imagine” the importance of that moment for McIntyre’s home country – and the WWE Champion himself.
“Again, because I live here, I can’t imagine how important it was for you all. I can only liken it to what the city of San Antonio felt when I finally had my opportunity. I can imagine, even for him, realising just the impact that he’s had on Scotland as a country.”
Michaels also went on to praise another Scottish Superstar, saying he believes Kay Lee Ray can emulate the success of The Scottish Warrior – if she chooses to move to the United States.
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