The year 2020 has been rather kind to Drew McIntyre - he won the men's Royal Rumble, captured the WWE title from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36, and has been positioned as an indomitable force on Monday Night Raw.
McIntyre's personality has shone through in his promo work, especially in recent times. The champ spoke with Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda about gaining the ability to go off-script on TV.
"I mean, inevitably, it comes down to Vince McMahon being cool with everything and, if it's working, he's going to be cool with it," McIntyre said. "I think, like, a Paul Heyman knows exactly who I am, what I'm capable of and what I was doing outside of the company, and was maybe looking for that opportunity to let me be myself, to allow Mr McMahon to see that."
McIntyre recalled an instance in which he interacted with fans after one event, and how it demonstrated the potential he has when he's not relying on a script.
"I can't pinpoint exactly but Paul Heyman reminded me recently that there was a particular promo that I did," McIntyre remembers. "It was a dark match after RAW had finished, it was a Cage Match and he basically said, 'Go buy some time.'
"I went out, sat on the barricade and I was just myself, I was Drew Galloway, I interacted with the crowd and I remember fans stopping and turning round, and walking back down because I was just having fun, being silly - being the real Drew - being sarcastic, telling jokes aren't funny half the time and that's the real me - but when the bell rings, they also know I'm going to kick butt."