WWE/DREW MCINTYRE: Drew McIntyre among WWE stars headed to Springfield (SJ-R.com)

Posted on 4/18/119 by Mike Informer

At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, WWEs Drew McIntyre is ready and
willing to mix it up with any foe he encounters in a
wrestling ring.

But theres a certain type opponent he gravitates toward
anyone who reminds him of the 20-something-year-old version
of himself.

McIntyre, 33, is one of the World Wrestling Entertainment
stars scheduled to be at the Bank of Springfield Center on
Saturday night for an evening of WWEs unique brand of
sports and entertainment.

The native of Scotland (real name Andrew Galloway) arrives
in Springfield as he marks his one-year anniversary of
returning to WWEs main roster. But this isnt his first
stint with the company.

WWE first signed him in 2007, when he was 21 years old. And
by the end of 2009, he had won the Intercontinental
Championship, considered WWEs second-most prestigious
singles title.

But something was missing.

I never really had perspective, or I lost perspective, that
I was actually living my dream, McIntyre said Monday in a
phone interview from Montreal, the site of this weeks
episode of WWEs Raw television program. I had my dream
job. ... I thought I was giving 100 percent, but I really
wasnt giving 100 percent, especially outside the ring.

McIntyre continued to compete, mostly on the undercard,
until WWE released him in June 2014.

WWE Live
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bank of Springfield Center, Ninth and Adams streets

Tickets: $107/$77/$57/$37/$27/$17, available at
Ticketmaster.com (with extra fees) or at the BOS Center box
office from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and before Saturday
nights event

More information: www.wwe.com/events

It wasnt until my lifes dream was taken away from me that
I realized, Wow, you really werent giving everything you
could, he said. ... I was immature. I came straight from
university. I came straight from my parents home, where
they told me what to do, and the university told me what to
do, and WWE told me what to do. When I was released, for the
first time I was in control of my next move, and I said,
All right, its put up or shut up time.

McIntyre responded by becoming the busiest wrestler in the
world, going to work for several smaller wrestling
promotions around the globe.

Along the way, he grew up.

In 2017, WWE came calling again. He was sent to the
companys NXT promotion, where competitors develop their
skills before getting called up to a WWE roster. He spent
one year there, winning NXTs top singles title, before the
move to the Raw roster happened last April.

Over the last 12 months, McIntyre said, he sees his younger
self in some of the competitors around him, and he makes a
point to call them out.

I can look around now and see people who have lost
perspective, he said. Theyre perhaps tweeting about how
upset they are and their lack of opportunity instead of
bettering themselves or working harder outside of the ring.
Theyre clearly not going to the gym and they dont have
that fire anymore, and I understand it because I was there.
And I can spot it because I was that guy.

″... Its my job and my characters job to get rid of those
who dont necessarily have that fire and remind me of my
younger self.McIntyres goal now is to get into the hunt for WWEs
Universal Championship, the top title on Raw.

In Springfield, McIntyre will find himself in the ring with
the current holder of that title, Seth Rollins, who won the
championship earlier this month at WWEs biggest show of the
year, WrestleMania.

Saturdays main event is expected to be a six-man tag-team
match featuring McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin vs.
Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose.

WWE is promoting the match as one of the final appearances
of Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose competing together as a team
called The Shield.

The team, formed in 2012, has broken up and reunited a
couple of times over the years as members turned on each
other and the three men pursued individual goals. But this
appears to be their last run together, at least for now,
with Ambrose reportedly leaving WWE when his contract
expires this month.

Contact Jason Piscia: 788-1401, jason.piscia@sj-r.com,
@jasonpiscia.

***When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Where: Bank of Springfield Center, Ninth and Adams streets

Tickets: $107/$77/$57/$37/$27/$17, available at
Ticketmaster.com (with extra fees) or at the BOS Center box
office from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and before Saturday
nights event

More information: www.wwe.com/events































































































































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