Triple H took part in a virtual WWE panel for last month’s New York Comic Con in which he mused that Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns could have the same feel for a Raw vs. SmackDown superfight as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair felt like it would be if the figureheads of the WWF and the NWA ever locked horns in the 1980s (Of course they did finally compete in WCW in 1994 and it was, predictably, big box office).
Drew McIntyre had chance to comment on this notion this week during an appearance on the ‘In The Kilq’ podcast. He sounds excited about the potential match with Reigns, commenting:
“I was very appreciative of such a high compliment from Hunter. He’s the one that brought me back to WWE, and he’s watched my entire career kind of evolve and devolve and then re-evolve right in front of his eyes, so it was cool. I think his thing was keeping us on the path we’re currently on and Roman doing what he’s doing with his character and me finally being myself. Actually, I think it’s more Roman being himself. Both of us being ourselves now and keep developing those characters to where we get to the point where everybody knows them inside and out, and we take them as far as we can possibly take them, Then, eventually, when we have that big match down the line, it could be something at that high, high level he described which is really cool.
“The fact of the matter is, even if we did it sooner, it would be a big match just because Roman has been the standard-bearer for the longest time. For the past seven or eight years, he’s been the top dog and the big dog and main evented four WrestleMania’s in a row.
He’s proven himself over and over but not he’s taken this turn where he’s basically saying ‘Hey I did all this stuff, look at me’ rather than the humble Roman we knew from the past. I think on the flip side, the way I’ve been going, I’m proving I can do it and I am doing it and I’m gonna continue to do it. So, I think it’s gonna be an interesting clash of some chosen ones when it finally comes.”
McIntyre and Reigns are unquestionably the two big success stories of 2020 in WWE and a match between the two would be amongst the biggest the company could promote if both carry on along their current trajectory.
It is not the only cross-brand match in the former WWE Champion’s sights though as he also fancies stepping into the ring with the formidable NXT UK Champion, Walter. Of a match with the Austrian powerhouse, the Scotsman said:
“Yes. Absolutely. I’ve said in a few interviews that I bother Triple H every so often to let me get back to NXT UK and do something with him because I came up in UK wrestling when there was no UK wrestling scene. I used to travel 12 hours just to learn to wrestle. Myself and some of the guys started Scottish wrestling and we started kind of getting in a groove……when I got signed when I was 21 years old and away, some things really started to blossom.
As you see in the documentary, when I returned, all of us worked really hard together to grow that scene and took it to heights that nobody could’ve predicted during that period when I was back home, and I was fortunate enough to lead the charge for independent and UK wrestling.
To see it go from where we took to it to WWE getting involved and creating NXT UK, I couldn’t have imagined that when I was a kid – like having WWE in the UK. Now we’ve got such a great system for people to learn. Things are on fire and I want to get back, and yes, I do want to fight WALTER.”
Whether it be Roman Reigns, WALTER on another top star in WWE, there are plenty of fresh and exciting matches in the man from Ayr’s future as he continues to establish himself as the new babyface star in the company.
Thank you to 411Mania.com for the transcriptions included in this story.