Wrestling / Drew McIntyre

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Andrew McLean "Drew" Galloway IV (born 6 June 1985) is a Scottish professional wrestler best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name Drew McIntyre…except in the UK, where he's basically a local independent god under his real name.

Since the age of fifteen, he spent years wrestling around the British Isles using the gimmick of "Thee" Drew Galloway, winning the Heavyweight titles of British Championship Wrestling (twice) and Insane Championship Wrestling (as its inaugural champion, no less) among others. Before too long, he signed with WWE in 2007 and Drew McIntyre was born. After a few months working an undefeated streak on WWE SmackDown (and briefly going to Raw), McIntyre was sent to developmental territores Ohio Valley and Florida Championship Wrestling, where he enjoyed both solo runs and tag team work with Stu Sanders (both resulting in championships in FCW), as well as occasionally rekindled a rivalry from across the pond with Sheamus O'Shaunessy.

He resurfaced on mainline WWE television in 2010, with a new gimmick where Vince McMahon himself had declared McIntyre to be a future world champion, going on to dub him "The Chosen One". His main roster undefeated streak continued in spades, as he went on to win the Intercontinental Championship and become the bane of Teddy Long's existence before finally losing the championship a year later. Following this he would briefly form a tag team with Cody Rhodes to both torment Matt Hardy and Christian as well as capture the WWE Tag Team Championship, and after that team as well as enter a romance storyline with Kelly Kelly which ultimately went nowhere, with Drew slowly but surely being relegated to Superstars regular and jobber status on the main shows. This led him to eventually join Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal in a faux rock band stable called 3MB, which lasted nearly two years before he was released in June 2014.

Upon returning to the indies, Drew Galloway proceeded to make big waves, coming back to ICW in a subverted Big Damn Heroes run-in where he both saved and destroyed former best friend Jack Jester as well as cut a "mission statement" promo citing his intent to spark a revolution to "save" pro wrestling, inspired by the Battle of Bannockburn where Scotland first won its independence in 1314. Since then he's enjoyed meteoric momentum as one of the hottest acts on the independent scene on both sides of the Atlantic, winning the EVOLVE Championship, beating Jester to regain the ICW Heavyweight Championship, and turning both into World Championship titles by defending them in locales and against talents of several different nationalities.

In 2015 he signed with Total Nonstop Action in a run which initially consisted of leading battles against ever-present interchanging Power Stable threats, before eventually competing for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, sharing a ring with Kurt Angle several times on his farewell tour, and finally, becoming TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He eventually lost the championship and then turned heel (the same in reverse order had taken place earlier in ICW), undergoing a series of short feuds as well as becoming the Impact Grand Champion temporarily before ultimately parting ways with Impact Wrestling in February 2017.

To the surprise of many, he turned up at WWE's NXT Take Over: Orlando event about six weeks later and announced he was making his return to the promotion under their NXT brand. This culminated in him winning the NXT Championship from Bobby Roode at Takeover Brooklyn III

A higher synopsis of his career can be found on The Other Wiki here.


"I am the tropin' business!":

  • Aborted Arc: Was one of the Scottish Leg winners in the WCPW Pro-Wrestling World Cup '17, but re-signed with WWE for the NXT brand, and an extra playoff between the runner-ups (Joe Coffey and B.T. Gunn) had to be done in order to decide the second scottish representant.
  • The Ace: After four years of mostly losing, Drew Galloway caught Chris Hero by surprise with a double under hook DDT, became champion of EVOLVE and promised a revolution. Next year he was still champion, calling himself a World Champion and also won the WWN's Open The Freedom Gate and Outback Championship Wrestling title in Australia, his native Scotland's Insane Championship Wrestling Heavyweight and Scottish Wrestling Alliance main singles titles and then won gold in Danish Pro Wrestling. Really earned an audience for his "revolution".
  • A Hero to His Hometown: His Popularity Power in Scotland needs to be seen to be believed. The fact that WWE allowed him to wrestle as a Face when they went over there, despite them always using him as a Heel the rest of the time speaks volumes already. Then there's his return to ICW. Upon being revealed as the big damn hero for his old-time best friend Jack Jester, the crowd absolutely exploded for him, continuing to go nuts even when he attacked Jester on the stage and put him through a table. This provided the prefect backdrop for his 1314 "mission statement" promo, which helped redefine quite a few fans' perception of him as a performer as well as set him up as a major face on the indy circuit overall.
  • Arch-Enemy: Chris Renfrew was shaping up to be this in ICW. However, after turning heel, it is most definitely Grado. In WWE he had…actually, he had Teddy Long. Matt Hardy and Christian at least came pretty close in 2010. In TNA he quickly made enemies out of the Beat Down Clan and Jeff Jarrett's GFW invasion, then moved on into World Championship feuds, with Bobby Lashley being the closest he got to obtaining a new sworn enemy.
    • Andrade Cien Almas in NXT.
  • Badass Beard: Since 2014. Doubles as a Beard of Evil when he's a heel.
  • Badass Longcoat: On WCPW.
  • Berserk Button: Slapping him. Beating him when he's already upset with you. Trying to burn him alive. Assaulting Grado in his presence when they're both face. Being Grado and challenging him when he's a heel. He's got several.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His first appearance on TNA Impact, in the SSE Hydro Arena of his native Scotland, was under a hood, running off the Beat Down Clan who were doing their namesake to Grado and Al Snow, who had just resolved their own feud. You can guess the reaction when the hood was lifted.
  • Brave Scot: Especially as a face.
  • Canon Discontinuity: According to WWE, that time in 2007 when Drew was Dave Taylor's apprentice never happened. Funnily enough, even if it did it would still fit into his "undefeated streak" angle as Vince's Chosen One. Speaking of which…
  • The Chosen One:
    • Was outright called this when Vince McMahon reintroduced him to TV in 2010 and shilled him as a future world champion. It didn't pan out…at least, not for his WWE career.
    • When he returned to the independents and became the conquering hero for ICW and independent pro wrestling in general, he ended up literally turning both ICW and Evolve's heavyweight championship belts into world titles by defending them everywhere, proving Vince's prediction true From a Certain Point of View.
  • Cool Shades: Discussed Tried the look in Family Wrestling Entertainment, thinking it would make him look cool. But then he wondered if it made everyone think he was a bad guy. Then he threw them away and said wearing shades indoors made him feel like an idiot.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Drew cheats at least once every match when he's heel.
  • Crossover: He claimed the World status of the EVOLVE title after defending it in British Championship Wrestling against Johnny Moss and Kid Fite. The Insane Championship Wrestling title from defending it at DPW Hardcore X-Mas 8 in Denmark.
  • Dark Is Evil: As a heel in his Chosen One persona, especially in 2015 as part of the Black Label.
  • Demoted to Extra: Towards the last few years of his WWE run.
  • Domestic Abuser: Actually, a victim of one — his then-wife Taryn Terrell. It cost them their marriage, her job, and any chance he had of regaining a serious push.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann had a long running feud that lead to them finding mutual respect and teaming up to win the Open The United Gate titles, which they then vacated saying Dragon Gate USA was done and they were going to become the first tag team champions of EVOLVE...that didn't workout, so Gargano instead teamed up with another man learned to respect in defeat, Galloway.
  • Enemy Mine: Rich Swann had been injured by the Premier Athlete Brand early on EVOLVE 34 while trying to save Johnny Gargano from them. Swann hadn't recovered by the time his title shot against Galloway had come up in the main event, but did his best anyway. As the match went on the Premier Athlete Brand ran out to continue attacking Swann but were all knocked away by Galloway, who then went back to wrestling. While he eventually won with a sleeper hold, the easier way out would have been to leave the "brand" to their own business.
  • Evil Is Petty: Galloway claimed to appreciate Tommy Dreamer helping him get established in the United States and said he was a great role model, that he was only trying to end Dreamer's wrestling for his own good and that of his family...but Galloway couldn't resist interfering in Dreamer's match against The World's Cutest Tag Team and suggestively piling their bodies up.
  • Expy:
    • The Undertaker in several ways. He is a tall, imposing man who is surprisingly agile for his size and can have a great match with any style of wrestler. This makes a lot of sense when you consider that he's talked about The Deadman practically being his mentor during his WWE days.invoked
    • Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett was called the Chosen One in WCW, had an infamous Vince in power on his side at the time, then after leaving the promotion he went on to restore the prestige of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship by defending it everywhere whenever he carried it as part of TNA. The difference is Jarrett's actually been WCW Champion, while the closest Drew got in WWE was his initial Intercontinental title run.
  • Fatal Flaw: Overconfidence, leading to an occasional lack of focus as well as easily getting frustrated when things didn't go his way. This was lampshaded by a commentator at least once per match as a way of justifying why he was suddenly a jobber in WWE.
  • Fighting Your Friend: When he was booked against Carlito by Family Wrestling Entertainment. He said it was a shame because he liked Carly's family and hoped buying him a drink could make up for the beating he was going to have to give him.
  • Finishing Move: He had a few before he settled on the Future Shock (Double Arm DDT). After his WWE release, he kept doing the Future Shock, but added the Claymore (Running Single-Leg Dropkick), Iron Maiden (a marriage between the Regal Stretch and a Crossface), and occasionally a jumping piledriver; since his NXT return he's just been using the Claymore
  • George Jetson Job Security: Went through a storyline where he was one loss away from being fired…about four or five weeks in a row. Then, he actually DID get fired… only to be re-hired the following week.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As a face in 2014-15. He's out to fight for the good of professional wrestling, but he will get into the most violent fights with anyone he has to face in that process, friend or foe.
  • Guy Liner: While in the 3MB.
  • The Hero: Has taken this position for a time in both ICW and TNA.
    • In the former he took the ICW championship and kept up his promises by defending it outside so much it officially became a world title, but then when the competition got too stiff for too long he deconstructed the trope with a collective Face–Heel Turn alongside Jack Jester and Red Lightning where they still claim they're the heroes doing villainous things for the company's own good.
    • In the latter he earned the #1 contendership for Ethan Carter's TNA world title at Bound for Glory only to end up winning Matt Hardy a spot in the match at the last minute and then getting pinned by Hardy at BFG, keeping EC3 undefeated while Matt got the title. A few months and a double turn later, Matt got the same last-minute treatment, but apparently got others to take out his opponents—at which point Drew cashed in his Feast or Fired title shot to outsmart Matthew and take the strap.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Taking over the EVOLVE 62 recap with EC3.
  • Humiliation Conga: The Jetson storyline above saw Drew losing about five or six matches in a row to increasingly pathetic opponents. When he finally got his job back, it was from pinning the three-foot-tall Hornswoggle (who later ended up becoming one of his friends as 3MB's Mascot/4th man).
  • International Showdown by Proxy: His pre-WWE feuds with Irishman Sheamus O'Shaunessy, especially in Irish Whip Wrestling where they feud for the IWW International Heavyweight Championship.
  • Large Ham: The vast majority of his promos since leaving WWE.
  • Man in a Kilt: In his early indies, WWE (2007) and FCW runs. Sadly, he gave up the kilt in 2009 so that he could be another guy in trunks.
  • Nice Hat: As a part of 3MB.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Did this on the go-home show before Delete WCPW to challenge Joseph Connors for the WCPW Championship.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: His feud with Andrade Cien Almas.
  • Power Trio:
    • In TNA he had the Rising with Eli Drake (Shaun Ricker) and Mica (King Haku's son Tevita, formerly known as Camacho in WWE), who fought with him in his war with MVP's Beat Down Clan until they lost a match to the BDC and were forced to disband.
    • In ICW he and his on-and-off best friends, Jack Jester and authority figure Andy "Red Lightning" Wason, all turned heel together on an egocentric power trip called the Black Label, citing how everything they do is for the good of the company. TNA's Bram ended up joining them in 2016, making them a full-on Power Stable overall but a Power Trio in the ring.
  • Red Baron:
    • "Thee" in his early years on the independent circuit.
    • "The Chosen One" in his "Vince's pet project" gimmick. Came back with his return to the indies and his rise to the top therein.
    • TNA briefly ran with "The Voice of the People" as a tagline to a teaser for his debut, before eventually going with "The Captain" and "The Scottish Dragon".
    • "The Sinister Scotsman" in the latter parts of his WWE run.
  • Reset Button: EVOLVE did away with it's old ranking system and promised a reboot on show 31, Hero vs Galloway. All things being equal, the debuting Drew Galloway got a title shot when Chris Hero decided to put his strap on the line, and Drew actually beat Hero to become champion.
  • The Rival:
    • Wolfgang of the "New Age Klique" was one of his first and longest lasting in the UK and to a lesser extent, his tag team partner Red Lightning. Did not follow him to the states like Sheamus but Wolfgang was right there waiting when Galloway returned to Scotland.
    • As EVOLVE Champion, Roderick Strong was the first wrestler that made him lose his cool and the one he had the most trouble getting rid of. Ricochet was more indirect, as holder of the Open The Brave Gate but was the first man to defeat him in the promotion.
  • Sensing You Are Outmatched:
    • After the EVOLVE Reboot, Galloway would imitate Hero and try to put the title on the line when he did not have to, only for the referee not to allow it due to the new ranking system that went into effect after Galloway won the belt. When he faced Open The Freedom Gate Champion Ricochet, who logically should have been high enough in the rankings, Galloway didn't seem to have a problem with it not being a title match. Though after his loss, he would later willingly defend the title against Johnny Gargano, who defeated Ricochet and successfully defend the EVOLVE belt against him.
    • Seems to be an underlying cause behind his Face–Heel Turn in ICW. The competition for his title only kept getting stiffer and stiffer, and in the meantime his best friends Jester and Lightning—the former of whom was part of that competition at one point, the latter of whom was running the place—had both come around to his cause after seeing the results of what he's done with the ICW World Heavyweight Championship. note  So what to do? Turn heel together to ensure the gravy train keeps going by any means necessary.
  • Shout-Out: He utilized old rival Sheamus's forearm in the rope clubs against Carlito at FWE Reloaded.
  • Signature Move: His most notable as of mid-2017? The hellish Inverted Alabama Slam.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Happens a lot.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His calling card as a heel. He calls himself the innovator of the modern wrestler.
  • Student and Master Team: The master to student Sara, though he sided against her with Carmel in W3L.
  • Smug Snake: Could often be seen wearing a cocky smirk on his face.
  • Tag Team: The Empire with Stu Sanders.
  • Terrible Trio: 3MB in WWE, with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal.
  • Violent Glaswegian: He's from Ayr, not Glasgow, but still. The intensity that he fights with is practically renowned.
  • Wham Episode: His return to ICW is this in spades, as the YouTube videos of it have caused a boom of interest in both the company and his career.
  • Working with the Ex: Eventually signed on to TNA, where Taryn Terrell was already working.

Alternative Title(s): Drew Galloway

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