Beyond WrestleMania 37, the WWE rosters of RAW and SmackDown have been without fans for well over a year. Both of Drew McIntyre’s reigns as WWE Champion took place in front of no fans.
Drew McIntyre was recently a guest on 100.7 Star Pittsburgh’s Bubba Show to talk about a variety of subjects. With WWE returning to the road in July, McIntyre was asked if he will look forward to house shows more now after not performing in front of the WWE Universe for well over a year. The former two-time WWE Champion made it clear he is eager to get back out in front of the fans once again:
“Yeah, I mean, me personally, I probably never had a day where I was like, ‘Ugh, a house show today, a live event today’ and no television cameras,” McIntyre said. “That’s not something I really went through because I’m so obsessed with wrestling, and I have been fired from WWE in the past, and I do have a greater appreciation and perspective for how lucky I am.
But I know a lot of our superstars have felt that way, and there’s been times where I’ve been tired and felt like, ‘I don’t know if I can give 100% today’ I will never not be grateful I will never not give 100% If I get food poisoning if I’m feeling as sick as I’ve ever felt. The day of a show I will be on that show, I’ll be giving it absolutely everything I’ve got, and I know my fellow superstars won’t ever have that thought crossed their mind about, ‘oh man, I could do it with a day off today’ because now, not having the fans for such a long time, we truly know what we said all along that our fans are our number one superstar.
They create the unique atmosphere of WWE. There’s nothing like it on earth; it’s so interactive for such an important part of the show. It can change the direction of an interview; it can make an average match good, a good match great, a great match legendary. I can’t wait to have them back.”
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