WWEs Drew McIntyre says he loves Detroit, is excited to return for huge show next month
Updated Jul 16, 2021; Posted Jul 16, 2021
By Matt Durr | email@example.com
DETROIT More than 16 months after World Wrestling Entertainment was forced to cancel a show at Little Caesars Arena because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the superstars of WWE are set to return to Detroit on Sunday, August 1 for a special supershow event that features the stars of both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown.
Among those scheduled to appear on the card is former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Originally from Scotland, the 6- foot-5, 265-pound warrior skyrocketed to the top of WWE right as the pandemic began. Now that the company is returning to the road and allowing fans to be in attendance, McIntyre says hes excited to get back out there and Detroit is one of the places hes most looking forward to performing in.
Detroit is awesome. I love Detroit. I love spending time outside of the shows. Theres been many a night out in Detroit, McIntyre said in an interview with MLive. The people are incredible and have such a passion for our product and are not afraid to share their emotions vocally. Its Detroit Rock City and it feels like a rock concert when WWE puts a show on in Detroit.
Being able to connect with the fans and have them as part of the show is of vital importance to McIntyre and his colleagues whove spent the vast majority of the past 15 months performing in an empty arena known as WWE Thunderdome. To casual fans or those not familiar with pro wrestling, the crowd may not seem like such a huge factor in the show when compared to other sports, but for McIntyre theyre the most important part.
Ive always said in the WWE our fans are our number one superstar. It has been proven 100% true over this past year and a half. Ive truly missed them, McIntyre said. They provide an amazing atmosphere that you get at a lot of sporting events, but with WWE were such an interactive product, we feed off of the crowds emotions, that can literally dictate the flow of the show, and the interviews when were on the microphone.
Feeding off the crowd and gauging how things are going based off the reactions of fans is a key part of the performance and allows the wrestlers to adjust on the fly. However, during the pandemic the talent was forced to fully commit to their roles and wait for the reactions after the fact. McIntyre said the lack of fans was a positive thing in the sense that it forced himself and the others to really dig into their characters and develop them.
McIntyre went on to say the roster did the best they could in such an unusual environment, but having the crowd back means the wrestlers will have that extra motivation to be even better.
Everybody stepped up. But when you get that live crowd, you can give that extra 10 percent, McIntyre said.
McIntyre says he has some extra motivation for getting back in front of the fans after he was forced to celebrate the biggest moment of his career in front of an empty arena last April at WrestleMania 2020. It was supposed to be a crowning moment and the culmination of McIntyres rise to the top of the sport when he defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship.
After months of chasing the champion, McIntyre slayed The Beast at the biggest show in pro wrestling, but instead of the rousing ovation and celebration with the fans, McIntyre posed with his championship in an empty arena.
It was such an incredible time leading up from Royal Rumble to WrestleMania 2020 and having the fans by my side and really building a connection, McIntyre said. But obviously from WrestleMania on, I missed those big moments with the fans.
While hes no longer champion, McIntyre has one more shot at getting back to the top as he will take part in the Money in the Bank show this weekend where if he can win his ladder match, he will be guaranteed a championship match of his choosing.
If McIntyre were to win this Sunday, its possible he could be champion again once he gets to Detroit. And while that might be his ultimate goal, McIntyre says he and the rest of the roster are really looking forward to simply putting on a great show for the fans that theyve missed for so long.
Its all Ive heard about for the past month, every single guy and gal in the back cant wait to get in front of those fans and try to steal the show, McIntyre said. Our superstars are so excited.
Superstars scheduled to appear on the card include:
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns WWE Champion Bobby Lashley Raw Womens Champion Rhea Ripley Smackdown Womens Champion Bianca Belair Charlotte Flair The New Day Rey Mysterio
Tickets for WWE Supershow are on sale now and start at $20. WWEs Money in the Bank airs this Sunday on the WWE Network which is available in the U.S. on the Peacock app.