Drew McIntyre on why he’s ‘proud’ that WrestleMania will go on despite coronavirus crisis

Drew McIntyre is “proud” that WrestleMania 36 isn’t cancelled despite the coronavirus pandemic because it will help fans take their mind of the ongoing crisis. WWE decided against following the example of other sport franchises like the NBA, NHL, Premier League and UEFA which suspended their season indefinitely as a safety precaution.

For a start, I’m really excited and proud that WWE are trying to give people something to take their mind of this pandemic

Drew McIntyre

Even though WrestleMania had to be pulled from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida the event is still scheduled to go ahead at the Performance Center in Orlando.

Mania will be taped today and tomorrow behind closed doors and will air on April 4 and 5 it what promises to be one of the most bizarre wrestling shows of all time.

McIntyre is likely to headline the Show of Shows as he will challenge WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in a match that could see him becoming the first ever British world champion.

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The Scottish Terminator is happy that WrestleMania is still going ahead because that will help put a smile on people’s faces during a difficult time.

The 34-year-old grappler understands there have been questions about WWE’s safety measures but insists all necessary precautions have been implemented.

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McIntyre told talkSPORT: “For a start, I’m really excited and proud that WWE are trying to give people something to take their mind of this pandemic.

“The whole world is suffering, there’s no other way about it. We’ve got extreme, strict rules at the PC.

“We all get checked as we go in, there’s very limited crews etc and we’re doing everything to make it as safe as we possibly can.

“I’m very proud that we’re still pushing ahead to give everyone that content and to still have that match with Brock Lesnar for the WWE title, of course it’s very exciting for me.

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“Obviously you always dream of your big moment in a big stadium with everyone cheering, having your family there, your wife there and it’s crazy to think the fans probably would have been on my side, but, you’ve got to look at the bigger picture.

“It’s not about my moment that people may remember on the night but forget not long after, it’s about what’s going on in the world right now and if I can still get my title shot and I can still entertain the world during this time and if – no, screw that – when I become WWE champion I want to be the guy leading the company.

“Leading the WWE, not just in a difficult time for the company – there’s been champions in the past like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart that have led the company in difficult times for the company – this is a difficult time for the world.

I want to be the guy that’s pulling the wagon during this time and when I finally walk out in front of a crowd for the first time, it’s not going to be my ‘Mania moment, that’s going to be our wrestling moment.”

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