Drew McIntyre defeats Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania36 to become first ever British WWE Champion


The first British wrestler ever to win WrestleMania says this year’s event will “never be forgotten”.

Drew McIntyre, from Ayr, beat Brock Lesnar to claim the biggest prize wrestling has to offer in Florida.

The tournament had to be held behind closed doors because of social distancing measures to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“This is the WrestleMania the world stood still,” Drew tells BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Ace. “I’m proud to be part of it.”

The 34-year-old has had a rocky journey to becoming the WWE World Champion.

He first signed to WWE in 2007 but seven years later his contract was terminated.

He came back to the UK and, once again, worked his way up through independent wrestling before being re-signed by the WWE in 2018.

“It feels so good to get my happy ending after 19 years of ups and downs – after clawing my way back, not even from the bottom, but from 10 feet under and starting again,” Drew says.

To say this year’s WrestleMania was unique would be an understatement.

The entire event was pre-recorded. The crowds, the elaborate signs, the cheering – they all had to be sacrificed.

Most of the fights took place in silent rings – while two of the weekend’s biggest match ups were staged on mini-film sets and shot like mini-films.

But Drew thinks, given his journey, it’s “fitting” his big night was unconventional.

“WrestleMania has its moments when people celebrate and the crowd go crazy but as time passes by those moments are forgotten.

“This WrestleMania will never be forgotten.”


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