Drew McIntyre was once a rising star in WWE with a bright future and now as a former WWE Champion, McIntyre is advising younger talent to “be patient.”
The new version of WWE NXT began on September 14th with the moniker of NXT 2.0 along with some bright new colors. It has also led to the debut of some new superstars like Bron Breakker, Von Wagner, Ivey Nile, Trick Williams and more. During this past week’s NXT 2.0 show (the second week of the new format), Breakker even got to headline the show in a tag team match with NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa. Breakker got the win for his team to show that he’s a main event player in NXT already.
McIntyre was interviewed by Kenny McIntosh of Inside the Ropes during a WWE Live event in Glasgow earlier in the week. McIntyre had some advice for the NXT 2.0 superstars:
“Yeah, stay the course. Don’t get ahead of yourself. You don’t have to have everything right now, especially if you’re kind of inexperienced. You know, make the most of the time you’ve got in NXT, especially the non-televised show. Remember, it’s 52 weeks a year.”
“I used to drive myself crazy if everything wasn’t happening right now but it’s the long game in WWE because we are nonstop with no reruns, no off-season, every single week. Just take your time, learn your craft, be patient, don’t believe everything everyone says on social media be it positive or negative. Just listen to the people around you. They’ve been around for a long time and you’ll be fine.”
When McIntyre returned to WWE in April 2017 he was part of the NXT brand. Even though McIntyre had been on the main roster for years earlier in the decade, he wanted to be in NXT to improve as a performer. Four months later, McIntyre was the NXT Champion after beating Bobby Roode for the title.
In 2018, McIntyre was back on Raw and two years after that he became WWE Champion at WrestleMania 36. It was his journey that sent him to NXT before the main roster that really got him ready to become the main event player that he is now.