When Drew McIntyre started in WWE the first time there were locker room leaders on Raw and SmackDown. Naturally, with different people comes different advice
On a recent edition of Lillian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast, McIntyre discussed the advice he received from The Undertaker in 2009-2010.
“‘Don’t play the part, be the part,’ Taker used to tell me that when I was 24 and I never understood his lessons. He used to talk in riddles all the time. These days, we talk on the same wavelength, but when I was younger… bloody hell.
I talked to Sheamus and how he had Triple H in charge on Raw and I had Taker in charge on SmackDown. Triple H would explain it to Sheamus step-by-step. Taker would just give riddles that I couldn’t figure out. Finally, when the light bulb went off, I got the lessons and understood.
Sheamus and McIntyre both debuted in 2009 and were both given big pushes right away. They were Triple H’s handpicked next guys and by the end of 2009 Sheamus was WWE Champion and McIntyre was Intercontinental Champion.
It is interesting to see the different styles of Triple H and The Undertaker as leaders on Raw and SmackDown respectively in 2009.
As well as speaking in riddles to the Scotsman, the Phenom also liked to have a bit of a go at him:
“When I tried to grow a beard for the first time, he said, ‘I’ve got more hair on my ass than you’ve got on your face.’ He’s the man. That’s the kind of leader I want to be like. Roman [Reigns] has that same kind of presence. ‘That guy is the man right there.’ Hopefully, other talent know that they can come to me and ask because I’ve been through so many unique situations and I’m always there. I won’t force myself on anyone, but I’m always there if you’ve got a question.”
The Undertaker was a locker room leader for years in the company. He was also a huge pair of shoulders to help carry WWE through very hard times. Now Drew McIntyre sees himself in a position where he can do the same to help others as WWE experiences a rather concerning portion of history.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcript.