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Drew McIntyre interview: Becoming the first British WWE Champion would be the culmination of 19 years of hard work

'The Chosen One' Drew McIntyre sits down with BTSport.com to preview his career-defining match with Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship.

It's been a long, long road for Drew McIntyre, but 2020 already has all the makings of a life-changing year.

Less than two months after winning the Royal Rumble to seal a shot at the WWE title, the Scot heads into Wrestlemania 36 with the chance of creating history by becoming the first ever British champion.

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But it hasn't all been plain sailing for The Chosen One.

The athletic Scotsman skyrocketed from the British independent wrestling scene to the WWE at the tender age of just 22.

The outlook was so bright for McIntyre that when he first arrived Vince McMahon labeled him a “future world whampion.”

The Chairman was eventually proven correct, though fulfilling that prophecy did not come easily for McIntyre. He enjoyed plenty of success early on, capturing an Intercontinental Championship and a WWE Tag Team Championship with Cody Rhodes.

But in 2014 McIntyre was released from his WWE contract after, by his own admission, falling complacent.

The release turned out to be a blessing in disguise and he returned to WWE three years later, stronger and hungrier than when he left.

McIntyre's remarkable return from the brink of losing his wrestling career culminated in victory at this year's Royal Rumble, where he eliminated his Wrestlemania 36 opponent Lesnar on the way to an awe-inspiring triumph to pave the way for Sunday's shot at glory.

“Not only did I eliminate Brock Lesnar when he was peak ‘Beast Brock Lesnar’, running rough shot over everybody, it’s that I actually went ahead and won the Royal Rumble by eliminating my rival last year, Roman Reigns

"It’s just crazy to think of the journey I have been on… knowing how much work has been put in over the past 6 years.

"Now I’m going into Wrestlemania in the main event to fight Brock Lesnar for the WWE title.”

If McIntyre does manage to tame The Beast on Sunday evening in doing so he will become the first wrestler to hail from the United Kingdom to wear the WWE's most coveted crown.

“I don’t think there are quite the words for it, the fact that I’ve got the opportunity to fight for the WWE title, after an 19-year journey, against Brock Lesnar, in the main event at Wrestlemania!

"Finally becoming the WWE champion after 19 years, becoming the first British champion, hopefully will make people feel something on a deeper level and that is very important to me too."

The historic two-night extravaganza of sports entertainment features a host of mouth-watering matches including Edge vs Randy Orton, but the big Scot is keen to emphasise why house-bound fans should be tuning in as the 34-year-old goes in search of immortality.

“We’ve got some big matches but the most important thing is Drew McIntyre is finally at the pinnacle of his 19 year quest for the WWE Championship.

"All I have to do is beat Brock Lesnar. I’m going to need as many people as possible watching and sending out positive energy to take down The Beast.

"It’s going to be a huge night, I hope everybody can tune-in, and I really hope that it gives everybody a few hours of entertainment over the 4th and 5th of April.”

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