Drew McIntyre is eagerly anticipating the return to live events and seeing WWE fans on a regular basis, describing them as the promotion's 'number one superstar'.
Fans will finally be welcomed back into Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-views from Friday 16 July as WWE go back on the road, with a series of 'Supershows' also announced as the copany resumes touring.
McIntyre now feels there is a greater appreciation for the fans, having performed for over a year without them, and is excited to welcome them back.
Speaking to the Bubba Show, McIntyre said: "Me personally, I probably never had a day where I was like, ‘Ugh, a house show today, a live event today’ and no television cameras'. That’s not something I really went through because I’m so obsessed with wrestling, and I have been fired from WWE in the past, and I do have a greater appreciation and perspective for how lucky I am.
"But I know a lot of our superstars have felt that way, and there’s been times where I’ve been tired and felt like, ‘I don’t know if I can give 100% today’. I will never not be grateful and I will never not give 100%.
"If I get food poisoning if I’m feeling as sick as I’ve ever felt on the day of a show, I will be on that show, I’ll be giving it absolutely everything I’ve got, and I know my fellow superstars won’t ever have that thought cross their mind about, ‘oh man, I could do it with a day off today’ because now, not having the fans for such a long time, we truly know what we said all along - that our fans are our number one superstar.
"They create the unique atmosphere of WWE. There’s nothing like it on earth; it’s so interactive for such an important part of the show. It can change the direction of an interview; it can make an average match good, a good match great, a great match legendary. I can’t wait to have them back."