Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a chosen one.
Wrestler: “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre (Drew Galloway).
Background Information: Drew McIntyre is billed from Ayr, Scotland. He is trained by the FWA Academy and Spinner McKenzie.
He began training for professional wrestling at the age of 15 at the Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s (FWA) Academy when his family moved to the south of England to Portsmouth.
In the FWA Academy, he was trained by the promotion’s operator Mark Sloan along with Justin Richards and James Tighe. He also cites the promotion’s established stars helping out with training including Doug Williams, Paul Burchill, and Alex Shane.
In 2003, he made his debut for the inaugural show of British Championship Wrestling (BCW), operating in the Greater Glasgow area. While there, he honed his wrestling skill further training under Colin McKay and later Spinner McKenzie and developing the character of “Thee” Drew Galloway, a cocky narcissist. His first match was at February’s No Blood, No Sympathy: Night 1 where he lost against Stu Natt.
In 2004, he had a series of matches against American veterans including Honky Tonk Man, Marty Janetty, and Highlander.
Throughout his BCW career, he became a 2x BCW Heavyweight Champion. He competed with BCW until 2007.
After gaining momentum in Scotland, he began wrestling dates across the Republic of Ireland with Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW) continuing to use “Thee” Drew Galloway as his gimmick.
Throughout his IWW career, he became an IWW International Heavyweight Champion. He competed with IWW until the end of 2006.
While BCW became his home promotion and he made regular appearances for IWW, he made several appearances around the independent circuit. In 2004, he appeared for the fledgling International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (IPW:UK) at their aptly titled Show 2.
He competed in several tours of All Star Wrestling (ASW) against competitors including TJ Wilson, PN Neuz, Chad Collyer, and Brody Steele during 2006. On October 15, 2006, he competed in Insane Championship Wrestling’s (ICW) debut show Fear & Loathing defeating Darkside and Allan Grogan in a Three Way 30 Minute Iron Man match to become the first ICW Champion.
He made an appearance for NWA: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (NWA:SWA) as he represented Team SWA against Team Sinner in a match for the March 2006 Clan Wars event.
At the end of the month, he appeared at the inaugural event for Premier British Wrestling (PBW) earning a shot to become the first PBW Heavyweight Champion by defeating Allan Grogan, but losing to Wolfgang in the main event.
In late 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) went on tour in Europe and before their filming of SmackDown in Manchester, he had a try out match against O’Shaunessy. The following year in April, the two received another try out matches in London.
On October 12, 2007, he made his televised WWE debut during SmackDown using the name Drew McIntyre. He appeared as a fan friendly character imploring the crowd to cheer for him due to seeking dual citizenship with America while accompanied by fellow Britain Dave Taylor. He defeated Brett Major in his first week and the following episode defeated his tag team partner Brian Major with the help of Taylor. He was moved to the Raw brand in the new year, but after a win against Charlie Haas on January 4, 2008, he disappeared from television.
After moving to Kentucky, he made his debut in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) on September 26, 2008, with a win over fellow FWA Academy alumnus Paul Burchill. He soon changed his name to Drew McIntyre and teamed with Burchill to take on The Major Brothers (Brian and Brett) in a losing effort. In October 2008, he found a new partner in Stu Sanders forming a tag team called The Brit Pack. He competed with OVW until the developmental territory for WWE was changed to FCW.
After moving to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), he reformed The Brit Pack with Stu Sanders under the name of The Empire.
Throughout his FCW career, he became a Florida Heavyweight Champion and a Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed with FCW until he got called up to the main roster.
On August 28, 2009, he returned to the SmackDown brand disregarding his previous time on WWE television and established himself as a villain by attacking R-Truth as he entered the ring using his new double underhook DDT finishing move, the Scot Drop which would quickly change its name to the Future Shock.
On September 25, 2009, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon in character introduced him as a future World Champion that he had personally signed after which Truth made a return attack against him.
On April 26, 2011, he was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2011 Supplemental Draft. After several months of making very few TV appearances and mainly competing on WWE Superstars, Teddy Long re-signed him to Smackdown. After months of losing to the likes of Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, and Justin Gabriel, Teddy Long fired him from Smackdown. A week later, he was reinstated by guest general manager John Laurinaitis where he finally ended his losing streak by defeating Hornswoggle.
When WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT Wrestling, he was inserted into the Gold Rush Tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Champion where lost to Seth Rollins in the quarter-finals on August 1, 2012, on an episode of NXT.
On September 21, 2012, on an episode of SmackDown, he and Jinder Mahal interfered in a match between Heath Slater and Brodus Clay by attacking Clay aligning themselves with Slater. The trio became known as the Three Man Band later shortened to 3MB.
He was released from the WWE on June 12, 2014.
On August 8, 2014, he debuted for Evolve defeating Chris Hero for the Evolve Championship.
At House of Hardcore VII, he made his debut with the promotion where he was defeated by Austin Aries.
On January 23, 2015, he competed in a one night tournament for the International Wrestling Federation (IWF) World Championship.
He made his first post-WWE appearance on July 27, 2014, in Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW). On November 2, 2014, at ICW’s Fear & Loathing VII event at The Barrowlands, he defeated Jack Jester in the main event to become a two time ICW Heavyweight Champion.
On January 29, 2015, he made a surprise debut under his real name for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling during the tapings of Impact Wrestling as a face in Glasgow, Scotland, coming to the aid of TNA British Boot Camp season 2 competitor Grado and entering a feud with The Beat Down Clan. The following night, he competed in his first official match for TNA answering the Beat Down Clan’s challenge where he defeated Kenny King.
Throughout his TNA career, he became a TNA World Heavyweight Champion, a TNA Grand Champion, and won the 2015 Global Impact Tournament.
On February 26, 2017, he confirmed that he had parted ways with Impact Wrestling.
He debuted for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) in August 2015 competing in the Battle of Los Angeles tournament.
He returned to PWG on January 2, 2016, for Lemmy where he scored his first PWG singles victory over former PWG World Tag Team Champion Jack Evans.
On April 1, 2017, he was shown on-screen sitting in the front row at NXT TakeOver: Orlando using his Drew McIntyre name. It was later confirmed in an exclusive interview with ESPN that he had re-signed with WWE and will perform in its developmental territory NXT.
He still competes in NXT to this day.
My Thoughts: Drew McIntyre is a talented individual who has improved himself over the years. With his great look, his presence in and outside of the ring, his good character, great charisma, and excellent in-ring ability, he’s a man that could possibly do anything. The Chosen One!
Video: This video contains a match between Drew McIntyre and Gabe Tuft on October 19, 2008.
My Thoughts: This was a solid match that showcased Drew McIntyre’s work in the ring.
His snap suplex and double underhook suplex on Gabe Tuft were well executed. His reverse STO on Gabe Tuft at the end of the match was also well executed as it got him the win in this match. This wasn’t the best match that these two have had against each other as they later get better matches. For what it was, it showcased both men’s skills pretty well.
Solid match that showcased Drew McIntyre’s work in the ring where he eventually became Florida Heavyweight Champion soon after.
It’s great to see Drew McIntyre getting another shot in the WWE as the first time he was in WWE, he had potential and they were about to do great things with him, but then the incident with him and Taryn Terrell happened where his career in WWE from that time went downhill.
Once he got released from the WWE, he managed to make a name and redeem himself of who he is and did extremely well including companies such as TNA, EVOLVE, and ICW to name a few. His career outside of WWE eventually led him back to WWE and has been placed in NXT.
Granted, I feel like he should be on the main roster since he has been on there before. However, a part of me understands why he’s on NXT as they’re trying to re-invent him after what happened in his first run. Not only that, he’s a name that people recognized so the NXT brand can get more ticket sales so people would pay to see him wrestle.
As of right now, he’s doing pretty well in NXT and when he goes back to the main roster, I hope he does better than what he did in his first run. The Chosen One!
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