WWE LIVE/DREW MCINTYRE: WWEs Drew McIntyre says he loves Detroit, is excited to return for huge show next month (MLive)

Posted on 7/17/121 by Mike Informer

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 | mattdurr@mlive.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

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

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.

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