Drew McIntyre: Recent WWE Releases Have A Huge Opportunity To Reinvent Themselves
McIntyre was released by WWE in 2014
Drew McIntyre has acknowledged that WWE releases are always a 'sad time' but believes being let go represents the chance for superstars to reinvent themselves.
A host of main roster WWE talent have been released by the promotion in recent months with the likes of Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Murphy, Mickie James, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay all leaving the company, among others.
McIntyre knows what being released is like, having departed WWE in 2014. A spell on the independent scenes and in IMPACT Wrestling allowed him to try different things, before returning to WWE and eventually fulfilling the pledge that Vince McMahon made about him on his debut - that he would be WWE Champion.
According to McIntyre, there is no reason that others can't do the same.
Speaking during a virtual press conference, McIntyre said: "You know, when the releases happen, it’s a sad time. We’re gonna miss seeing a lot of our superstars regularly every week (on) television. But at the same time, it is a huge opportunity. That’s the way I look at it.
“Perhaps some of the superstars that were released weren’t particularly happy with their position. Now, they have an opportunity to go out there and reinvent themselves and the world’s opening back up. The wrestling scene was thriving and will be thriving again very soon with live fans back in the building all across the world.
"And they’ll get the chance to go out there and try something different. Really make their own name and create their own buzz.
“I was so fortunate that when I was released from the WWE, that’s exactly what my mindset was–I’m gonna put the image out that I see myself as, as opposed to what others see me as. Thankfully, it caught on. I was given a lot of opportunities outside of WWE to make my name and it brought me back to WWE and to the top of the mountain.
“There are so many talented individuals that just got released. They can do exactly the same [as I did]. If they’ve got the work ethic and the passion, they’re gonna make it happen and I’ll see them all again one day."