WWE’s Drew McIntyre blasts ‘snakes in the grass’ who tried to derail his career

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Brit Drew McIntyre has hit out at the ‘snakes in the grass’ that threatened to derail his WWE career before it had even got going.

The 35-year old is a two-time WWE Champion and very much established as a main event player in Vince McMahon’s empire.

In 2020 he completed a remarkable rise to summit of WWE, beating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania to begin the first of those two reigns.

That came after McIntyre had re-joined the sports entertainment juggernaut having been released by them in 2014 – less than five years after being dubbed “The Chosen One” by McMahon himself.

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Such lofty billing undoubtedly pilled pressure on the young athlete, whose real name is Drew Galloway.

In his new book, A Chosen Destiny, McIntyre has revealed the extent of the resentment that had brewed amongst his peers backstage following McMahon’s proclamation and the Scot’s sudden thrust into the spotlight.

The former NXT Champion refused to “name names” but hinted those stirring up trouble for him were largely the veterans of the locker rooms.

“There were a few older Superstars nearing the end of their careers in the ring who felt that they deserved any big opportunities going,” he writes in the book, released later this week.

“Why was this young kid coming in and not only getting a lion’s share of the limelight, but also being endorsed as a future world heavyweight champion?

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“Among the wrestlers on the roster, there’s a blurred line between ring names and real names. Outside the ring, too, rivalries and antagonisms exist, just as they do in any workplace.

“The sort of smouldering resentment that might fuel theatrics in the ring was, I later learned, aimed at me by a few in the locker room.”

Worse still, McIntyre went on too add that those feeling slighted about his rise in WWE aimed their negativity pretty much anywhere except to his face.

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Even suggesting that stars would rubbish his name in meetings, he went on to add: “Years later, I heard about the negative things that had been brought up in meetings about me, of which I was completely unaware at the time.

“At the time, it was hard to know there were a few snakes in the grass. Everyone was nice to my face. Some gave advice, but not the best. Or went to management and embellished on half-truths or things that were not true at all.”

McIntyre overcame the adversity of being released and made his WWE return in 2017 via NXT.

He lost in an attempt to regain the WWE title to Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania earlier this month, but will look to regain the gold in a rematch at WrestleMania: Backlash in May.

A Chosen Destiny by Drew McIntyre, Britain's first ever WWE Champion, is released in the UK on 22 April, published by Penguin Random House/Ebury Press.

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