The WWE Universe converges on Dallas, Texas this weekend for WrestleMania 38 and everything that comes with it.
From NXT to Raw and SmackDown to WrestleMania itself, Drew McIntyre has been part of them all. And, after Covid-19’s impact over the last two years, the former WWE Champion can’t wait for things to play out in the Lone Star State.
“It feels like the biggest reunion of all time,” McIntyre told NZPWI.
“So bizarre to think, two years ago, we had WrestleMania with nobody there, when I won my first title. Last year, the limited capacity with no special events around it, nobody travelling from out of—surprised if they’d be out of state, but certainly not out of country.
“This year we’re getting back to normal. People come from all across the world. Potentially over 100,000 people going to be there each night over the weekend. It’s going to be unbelievable, the vibe is unreal.
“The locker room are absolutely buzzing. Especially some of our new Superstars that haven’t experienced WrestleMania—or perhaps Superstars that aren’t necessarily new, they’ve been there for two years, but they haven’t necessarily experienced WrestleMania the way WrestleMania’s supposed to be. I’m absolutely buzzing for how next weekend’s going to be.”
McIntyre has been a crucial part of the last two WrestleManias.
The Scottish Warrior won the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar inside an empty WWE Performance Center in the main event of WrestleMania 36. At WrestleMania 37, McIntyre was part of the first match held back in front of a live crowd, unsuccessfully challenging Bobby Lashley for his WWE Championship.
This year, McIntyre takes on Happy Corbin in a match he admits may not be in the same category as his past WrestleMania contests.
“The rest of the matches were more about the glory and the championships … but with Corbin, it’s different,” McIntyre said.
“The match I’ve been studying the most … is not Bret Hart versus Stone Cold or The Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels. I’ve been studying Vince McMahon versus Bret Hart from WrestleMania 26 where it was just a really long, uncomfortable 40-minute beating [laughs] I’m going to try and top that.”
WrestleMania 36 streams live this Sunday, April 3 and Monday, April 4 exclusively on WWE Network.