Drew McIntyre Reveals First WWE Character Pitched Was A Male Model
"That was a whole thing and I was like 'Alright, I'll make it work'."
Drew McIntyre has revealed the first character WWE pitched to him would have seen him have a 'male model' gimmick.
McIntyre re-debuted on WWE television in mid-2009 after a year with FCW, with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon introducing the Scotsman as a 'future World Champion' before heralding him as the Chosen One.
However, that wasn't always the plan for a young McIntyre, who has recalled how the company initially told him they wanted him to be The Runway Man - a male model character.
Speaking to Ryan Satin on the Out Of Character Podcast, the former WWE Champion said: "When I was about to come out of FCW, I remember the character, and some people have heard of this but many haven't, but my character pitch was gonna be The Runway Man where I was gonna be a male model, and I think this is what became of Fandango eventually.
"It was kind of modified. There was gonna be a catwalk and I was gonna walk to the ring as a male model. That was a whole thing and I was like 'Alright, I'll make it work'.
"So it was pitched to me while I was working on stuff. I was 265 when I was tagging with Wade in FCW and I leaned down to the size of the chosen one which was about 230. I was getting ready to be a male model and then I went to T.V.
"I had my sit down with Vince, and I made it clear that I didn't love it but I'll make it work. Whatever he thinks is best but thankfully he did not feel it was best and just kinda let me be myself and did the chosen one thing."