On a recent edition of the “Stay Busy” podcast, Drew McIntyre reflected on his absence from WWE television following WrestleMania 39 and his reaction after returning from hiatus at Money in the Bank 2023.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On his activity while away from the ring: “I did have a couple of things I needed to fix, and for once it didn’t involve physical therapy. So I was able to be stationary and take care of other projects that I’ve been working on, be home with the family, and I guess decompress.”
On his reactions to the fan response during his absence: “As a side effect, it kinda led to, hopefully, the fans missing McIntyre, and the stories coming out, the response everyone had to the stories coming out, it was a good feeling, reminded me of the kind of connection I’d built with a lot of the fans out there who were standing up for me, wondering what was going on with my future, and that was cool to see.”
WWE faced criticism for neglecting the women’s division when it came to booking the SummerSlam card this year as a number of female talent seemed disappointed with their exclusion from the latest pay-per-view event.
On a recent edition of “The Ten Count” podcast, Bianca Belair weighed in on the criteria that gets one wrestler on the program over another. She said,
“I think everybody wants to be on a premium live event, that’s what we all want and that’s really what it’s all about. … Of course, you’re always gonna want to be on the card -– but at the end of the day, it’s Asuka, Charlotte, and me in a triple threat. You have Shayna and Ronda … we’re super excited about those matches that are on the card. That’s just the competitor that’s in us, we want to be on the card and we want to go to show, show up and show out and tear the house down and have the best match on the card. You’re gonna feel a certain way if you’re a competitor, and that’s just what it is at the end of the day. Competition makes you better –- we’re all fighting for a spot at the end of the day.”