Drew McIntyre has spoken about the 'great' relationship he has with boss Vince McMahon in WWE.
McMahon proudly proclaimed McIntyre a future World Champion when he introduced the Scotsman to the WWE Universe in 2009, and has worked closely with the now 35-year-old on his presentation in the ring.
McIntyre finally proved McMahon right at last year's WrestleMania, winning his first WWE Championship by pinning Brock Lesnar, and has been the marquee star on Monday Night Raw over the last year.
The reigning champion admitted his first run with the company, which ended in 2014, did not go the way either he or McMahon had hoped, but believes it was the Chairman's faith in his ability that pushed him to return to WWE and fulfil his potential.
McIntyre also credited McMahon for the advice and support he has given him during their time working together, describing the 75-year-old as 'a father figure'.
Speaking on a recent episode of SeventySix Capital's Leadership Series show, he said: "It’s been great. Vince [McMahon] himself, he’s almost like a father figure to me and when my initial run didn’t go to plan, as much as he was trying to help me, as much as the company were trying to help me, I didn’t live up to my potential and quite frankly, I feel like I let him down a lot.
"This whole journey coming back to the company, I wanted to do it for me, I wanted to do it for my fans, my family but in the back of my mind, I still wanted to make the boss proud for his belief in me all those years ago and show him, ‘Hey, you’ve pretty much got a crystal ball sir.’ Be it telling the world the company’s gonna go public way before it did, the [WWE] Network before it happened, now we’re moving to Peacock, Drew McIntyre’s gonna be a future world champion ten years before it happens.
"He saw something in me and I wanted to show him, ‘Hey, I’ve finally become that champion’ that you saw in me all those years ago and he supported me the whole way. He gives absolutely incredible advice and honestly, without the journey that I’ve been on and the amount of ups and downs I’ve had to overcome, when I eventually became champion and we literally hit unknown times with the pandemic era with losing our audience, without that journey I’d been on hardening me up, allowing me to face every situation, it prepared me to be probably the only guy that could have led the company during those times because it’s nothing I’ve been through that scares me anymore including being in the unique times we’re in right now."
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