Drew McIntyre Says He's Happy Opening Or Closing WrestleMania 37 Night One

The former champion sees the benefits of both

For all of the speculation about match placements and who goes on when at WrestleMania, Drew McIntyre is okay with being part of either bookend.

McIntyre challenges WWE champion Bobby Lashley on night one of WrestleMania 37 in Tampa this Saturday night. World title matches have both opened and closed WrestleManias in the past, and McIntyre is okay doing either, as stated in an interview with Wrasslinews.

"I would be happy opening the show or closing the show," McIntyre said. "This year's so unique in the sense that, you know, the last match -- every match at WrestleMania is a main event, let's be realistic. If you're on WrestleMania, you're in a main event. When you're fighting for the Championship, generally, it's cool to close the show."

As far as the rationale of opening the night, McIntyre said, "This is such a unique WrestleMania, without having the fans there for an entire year, that first reaction is going to be so, so special. So that's why I said, 'If I finish last, if I'm in that last match, that's phenomenal, that's fantastic, that's tradition.

"But if I'm in that opening match, to me, that's also -- it's just as big because if you get to walk out in that first match and get the crowd full of energy, all those pent up reactions that we've been keeping inside for a year, that's going to be special too, so either way, I'm happy."

(Credit to Fightful for transcription)

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