WWE superstar Drew McIntyre will be in action at WrestleMania 36 which was originally set to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, but will now be staged behind closed doors at the WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida.
Among the matches scheduled are: Brock Lesner v Drew McIntyre, Goldberg v Roman Reigns, The Undertaker v AJ Styles, Edge v Randy Orton, Kevin Owens v Seth Rollins, John Cena v 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt and Becky Lynch v Shayna Baszler.
Scotland's McIntyre had the following to say on a wide-ranging series of questions leading up to the spectacle.
What are your lasting thoughts looking back on Royal Rumble 2020?
“Not only did I eliminate Brock Lesnar when he was peak ‘Beast Brock Lesnar’, running rough shot over everybody, it’s that I actually went ahead and won the Royal Rumble by eliminating my last year’s rival Roman Reigns ... It’s just crazy to think of the journey I have been on ... knowing how much work has been put in over the past six years ... I’m going into WrestleMania in the main event to fight Brock Lesnar for the WWE title.”
How important is entertainment as a form of escapism, now more than ever?
“Whatever entertainment gets your mind off things or keeps you occupied is very essential right now. Everybody needs to lay low for a little while ... and whatever keeps you entertained within your house is absolutely essential. That’s why right now with WWE I’m so proud that we’re doing what we can to provide everybody with some unique content, some unique entertainment to take their mind of things ... We will do what we can for as long as we can to take people’s mind of things. But maybe even learn the guitar? Maybe it’s WWE? Maybe you’re reading that book you never quite got finished last year? Stick at it right now because it’s for the good of everybody.”
Can you put into words how it would feel to become the first British WWE champion?
“I don’t think there are quite the words for it ... I had visions for how it would go in that stadium, but right now, looking at the bigger picture, the fact that I’ve got the opportunity to fight for the WWE title, after an 18 year journey, against Brock Lesnar, in the main event at WrestleMania. This can be a moment of escape for everybody. Becoming the WWE champion finally after 19 years, becoming the first British champion, hopefully will make people feel something on a deeper level and that is very important to me too.”
Why should people around the world tune-in to WrestleMania?
“We’ve got some big matches ... Roman Reigns is fighting Goldberg for the Universal title and that’s very exciting. Edge has returned after nine years and is in a personal bitter rivalry with Randy Orton and that’s a very big deal. But, more importantly, Drew McIntyre is finally at the pinnacle of his 19 year quest for the WWE championship. All I have to do is beat Brock Lesnar. I’m going to need as many people as possible watching and sending out positive energy to take down the Beast. It’s going to be a huge night, I hope everybody can tune-in, and I really hope that it gives everybody a few hours of entertainment over 4-5 April.”