WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre has admitted that he wasn’t happy with his creative direction last year.
During a recent interview with Newsday, the “Scottish Warrior” commented on his 2021 creative direction, not being forced to do something he’s against, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On his 2021 creative direction: “It got to a point where things went off track, in my opinion a little bit. And it was hard to tell, without the live fans there, if it would have been okay. Right about the time where I fought Lashley a couple of times, I was telling these interesting—or, not so interesting—Scottish stories. That period maybe was not one of my favorites. But, hey, send me a challenge and I’m going to try and pull it off. Nonetheless, there was a period where I felt like, ‘This doesn’t feel like it’s quite working right.’ I remember I did an interview at Money in the Bank, the first live show with fans back in attendance. When I first popped up on the screen, I heard the big cheers. But I also heard some boos. And I try to be a self-aware superstar in every way. And I’m a fan, so I feel like I have a good gauge about what’s working and what’s not working. And if someone told me, ‘You’re going to tell this glorious story about the Loch Ness Monster,’ I would have said, ‘No, I’m not.’”
On not being forced to do something he’s against: “I would not do something that I’m convinced is not going to work, unless I’m told by the man [Vince McMahon] himself, ‘You’re doing this,’ — which, he’s not going to do. A lot of people would just take the paper and complain privately to people in the locker room, perhaps, or to themselves, and then, maybe down the line if they’re not with the company anymore, in interviews, rather than trying to work together with the creative writer you’re with and saying, ‘It doesn’t feel like me.’ And if you really feel strongly about it, go to the boss himself. I know a lot of people are intimidated to go to Mr. McMahon. But, in the end, he’s the boss of the company where you work. In an office, if you want a promotion, or if you have a significant question about your life and career, you go to the manager of the office. In our world, Vince gets the final say. And he’s very open. His door is always open. He’s always going to listen. If you feel strongly about something, he wants to hear your opinion, because he wants the best show possible.”
On Theory’s WWE run so far: “I think he’s done a great job. It helps that Vince McMahon is involved the way he is on screen. I think he was on screen with me maybe three or four times total, before Nexus took him out and he wasn’t featured on the show anymore. So I was doing this story, but he wasn’t physically present, which hurt the story a little bit. But with Austin, he’s physically present. Austin is somebody who has got confidence beyond his years. He’s 24-years-old. He’s so confident. He looks great. He’s very good in the ring. He keeps getting better every single week. And, if he keeps his feet on the ground, keeps working hard and stays humble, he’s got the whole world ahead of them. We don’t have anybody that’s his age, that we can build the company around. And we don’t need to give it everything right now. He’s 24. He’s somebody who you can take the slow burn route with, and educate people about who he is over the next few years. And you still have, you know, 20 years left in his career.”