This past Sunday Drew McIntyre became the 26th superstar in WWE history to win the Royal Rumble matchup. McIntyre last eliminated Roman Reigns to win the match to an ecstatic ovation at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
In a new interview with Bleacher Report, the Scottish Psychopath reveals that he didn't find out he was winning the annual elimination matchup until late in the day of the event, then expresses how pro-wrestlers always need to be "thinking on their feet."
"I didn't know anything [Sunday]," he said. "I'm talking about today late. I've learned through my experience just to go with the flow. And when you get information, you take it and you perform it to the best of your ability. That's why I always say sports entertainers, wrestlers, don't get the credit we deserve. You got to be thinking on your feet, you've got to be ready to improve, and you're doing your own stunts. You've got to pull the emotions of the crowd in the direction you want them to go. And there is no business like this. We literally think on our feet."
McIntyre was also involved in the epic elimination of WWE champion Brock Lesnar, who tossed out a record 13 competitors from the number one position prior to McIntyre's entrance at 16. The former NXT champion says he has no idea how he reacted in the moment, but was prepared and focused to take on the Beast as he approached the ring.
"I hope the camera caught my face. That probably said everything, because I have no idea how I reacted," McIntyre said. "But I was in that moment, and just the idea of walking up to the ring and climbing up on the apron and looking at Brock Lesnar, getting in that ring slowly and in my head I was like, 'I can beat Brock Lesnar, I can take Brock Lesnar no matter what happens. If he shoots at me and comes and tries to take me down, I can beat this man.' And when he took off those gloves, goosebumps on my arm went up. I was ready to go no matter what happened. And to kick him out of there, that reaction, you just have to watch the footage. That was exactly how I felt in the moment because it was very bloody real."
McIntrye will face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 36 on April 5, 2020 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.