Drew McIntyre has been in the wrestling business for a long time, and over the last year or so he’s had some major momentum. McIntyre won the 2020 Royal Rumble match, and he has since gone on to become WWE Champion twice.

The road to the top wasn’t easy for McIntyre, but during an appearance on the Notsam Wrestling podcast he explained that there was a non-televised match at MSG in 2019 that made him realize he was on the right path.

“I remember there was one particular match in Madison Square Garden where I was wrestling No Way Jose. And he came out first, did his shtick and it was a good reaction, babyface reaction. And then I come out and I’ve never heard a reaction like that in my career at that point. I go out in the ring and No Way looked at me and said ‘Stone Cold?’ I was like ‘I have no idea what’s going on!’”

Other stars such as Roman Reigns and John Cena have struggled at times to get a babyface reaction from the fans, and when he was asked what’s different about him Drew McIntyre noted that he thinks his struggles make him more relatable.

“When it comes to the relatability thing, I think the key for me is I went through a bunch of hell. The fans knew I had been through some crap, had to overcome some crap, even as a 6’5, 270 lbs guy. They know this guy never gave up on his dreams, he’s fighting for his dreams. They could relate to that.”

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