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Andrew McLean "Drew" Galloway IV (born 6 June 1985) is a Scottish professional wrestler who first gained fame in the United Kingdom under his real name before becoming known globally for his time in WWE under the ring name Drew McIntyre, on two separate occasions.

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 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 2009, 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. He also fought in WhatCulture Pro Wrestling, where he held the WCPW World Title until his resigning with WWE, dropping the title in a 30-man rumble match.

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 the now-renamed Impact Wrestling in February 2017.

To the surprise of many, he turned up at WWE's NXT TakeOver: 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. In 2018 he was drafted to Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up and as Dolph Ziggler's teammate, eventually winning the Tag Team Championships. After spending much of 2019 in the upper-midcard, he entered 2020 triumphantly, first by winning the Royal Rumble then finally the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36, making him the first Scottish-born WWE Champion, and also making him the thirty-first WWE Triple Crown Champion in the process.

In 2021, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him the fourth best wrestler of 2021, behind Kenny Omega, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley.

"These tropes are Claymore Country!":

  • 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.
  • Accuser of the Brethren: His Face–Heel Turn in late 2023 was at least partically motivated by Jey Uso's Heel–Face Turn a few months earlier, wherein Drew refuses to forgive Jey for his actions as part of the Bloodline, and believes that if he can be forgiven by the rest of the WWE universe, then there's no point in morality.
  • 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".
    • He's become this in his second WWE run, too, with 2020 seeing him go over Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton and, owing to several absences and realignments note  is the closest thing to the proverbial "guy" that WWE has as of late 2020-early 2021.
  • 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... 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.
    • Finn Bálor and the members of The Shield had been his main targets from fall 2018 to spring 2019.
    • While Brock Lesnar and Lashley certainly stepped up as formidable rivals in 2020, it is Randy Orton who emerged that year as Drew's most hated enemy in his WWE Championship run.
    • Jinder Mahal in mid-2021 after Jinder costs Drew to win the Money In The Bank Briefcase.
    • Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss in early 2022 after Corbin injured Drew's neck.
    • Karrion Kross became Drew's enemy after Kross interfered in Drew's matches and became Kross' target since his return to WWE.
  • Badass Longcoat: Began wearing them in his entrances on WCPW and has kept them since, mostly without sleeves.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Ever since his indie repackaging as an unstoppable badass, Drew's long black locks have been used in combination with his beard to accentuate his warrior image.
  • 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.
  • BFS: One week prior to Survivor Series 2020, Drew received a Scottish Claymore as a gift from Sheamus prior to his match against Randy Orton that night. From then on, Drew would bring the sword with him as part of his entrance.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His first appearance on 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.
  • Blood Knight:
    • In the Tag Team he formed with Dolph Ziggler. They make a point in their promos that they're not in the WWE for entertainment, but for competition, steamrolling any opponent they can find.
    • It's continued in his singles run. McIntyre just loves to fight people. It still applies to his face run, as he's demanding that his opponents bring their best against him.
  • Bookends: Drew made his WWE return during a major PPV in Orlando. Three years later, he finally won the WWE Championship in WWE's premiere event also held in Orlando.
  • 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.
  • The Chosen One:
    • Was outright called this when Vince McMahon reintroduced him to TV in 2009 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 Metaphorically True... until 2020, however, when he finally became the WWE Champion, thus finally making the prophecy come true.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Nod: When Bobby Lashley and MVP began to openly scout him and tease Lashley's contention for the WWE Championship, McIntyre welcomed this challenge and said the WWE Universe has been waiting a long time for Lashley to step up and, in the champ's words, "Be the killer you are!" As most Impact Wrestling fans are aware, Drew is well acquainted with the tenacity of MVP as a leader and strategist as well as the true might of "The Destroyer" Lashley.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As a face ever since his return to ICW, he's always been a ferocious bloodthirsty warrior fighting against complacency and entitlement. Even in WWE, through both face and heel turns, virtually none of his presentation was changed. Perhaps the only difference from heel to face in WWE was that they stopped referring to him as the "Scottish Psychopath."
  • Deadpan Snarker: After his Heel–Face Turn at the tail end of 2019, McIntyre began displaying a much snarkier side of himself.
  • 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.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: This is practically Drew's MO as a face. Brock Lesnar for the title, Bobby Lashley as he was starting to become a deadly threat again, Randy Orton at the most unhinged depths of his second Legend Killer run, Goldberg in less than three minutes...
  • Demoted to Extra: Towards the last few years of his original WWE run. He fared much better the second time around.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • From the moment of WALTER's debut, everyone from both branches of NXT was crushed like an ant. At the 2019 Survivor Series however, Drew easily eliminates the brute within 3 minutes as the first elimination from the match.
    • During the 2020 Royal Rumble match, Drew, with a little help from Ricochet, eliminated Brock Lesnar, after the latter had eliminated 13 other superstars (which include two former world champions and two behemoths). Even as Lesnar tries to leave the arena, Drew continued to taunt the Beast. After winning the Rumble, Drew challenges Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36 and embarrassed Lesnar further on one episode of Raw by giving him 3 Claymore Kicks. On the Grandest Stage of Them All, Drew finally ended the Beast's title reign to win his first WWE Championship.
  • The Dragon: to Shane McMahon
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After getting fired from WWE after a wasted potential run, building himself up again in the indies, then getting rehired by WWE and then clawing his way to the top, Drew finally won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36.
  • 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 his prime, 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. His howling taunt on the turnbuckle since returning to WWE partially invokes Undertaker's post-victory kneeling pose, especially on Raw in 2018 when the lights turn full glowing blue. He has also taken Undertaker's mantle of being a Wrestling Monster with uniquely-styled and powerful theme music who eventually becomes The Conscience of WWE as a top-level face, all without deviating from his own personality — which arguably makes him a truer heir to Undertaker's legacy than any supernatural wrestler that followed The Deadman.
    • 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 World Champion, while the closest Drew got in WWE the first time was his initial Intercontinental title run. Ultimately he became WWE Champion in his second run with the company in the culmination of months of Claymore-kicking Brock Lesnar's ass... but to put in perspective what it took to get there, he had to get fired, completely drop the Chosen One mindset including the aftershock of its failure, reinvent himself as a warrior, give independent titles world championship status, come back through NXT and conquer that brand, overcome getting injured with help from Dolph Ziggler, take Raw by storm as part of a team with Ziggler, spend about a year being used by Baron Corbin and Shane McMahon against The Shield, take a sabbatical to deal with that, and then come back on his own as a house of fire, all before he could get to that defining moment where he kicked Lesnar out of the Royal Rumble.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After turning his back on his fellow face wrestlers two consecutive times the past few weeks, Drew officially turned heel on 10/2/23, declaring to the audience that he was done looking out for the rest of the locker room and was focusing only on himself going forward. He then claims that he's not resorting to the usual heel tactics of backstage ambushes, after-match assaults, or weaseling out of fights... only for him to remove a turnbuckle pad and throw The Miz into it.
  • 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 while the Future Shock is now just a Signature Move. Starting after his 2021 move back to SmackDown, Drew added a new finishing sequence to his arsenal, and his very first submission: the Future Shock immediately followed by a modified, lethal-looking Kimura Lock.
  • Four Is Death: Drew won his first WWE Championship by defeating Brock Lesnar with four Claymore Kicks.
  • 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: Whenever he's been a face since 2014. He's out to fight for the good of professional wrestling, but he will get into the most violent brawls possible with anyone he has to face in that process, friend or foe.
  • Guttural Growler: Not as noticeable when speaking normally but when he raises his voice, he often slips into this.
  • Guy Liner: While in 3MB.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Went from arrogant, bloodthirsty villain to...arrogant, bloodthirsty hero in the leadup to Royal Rumble 2020. The key difference being that he stopped standing next to pseudo-authoritative heels to enforce their will on a Shield member and started engaging in interaction with the crowd and leading chants in his own support. The switch was solidified by Drew literally booting Brock Lesnar out of the titular match and then going on to win the whole thing to universal jubilation.
  • The Hero: Has taken this position for a time in both ICW and TNA, and finally did so again in WWE.
    • 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 Heavyweight Championship 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 Matt and take the strap.
    • While his NXT run did tease at how well he could perform in this role, the first year and a half of his WWE main roster run seemed to be centered around heel alliances centered around taking down the members of The Shield. Though McIntyre did spend much of 2018 as a fearsome Hero Killer, the first half-plus of 2019 largely saw him act as an enforcer to Baron Corbin and Shane McMahon, with Drew's main event hopes slowly fading by the day. Then a brief sabbatical saw him emerge in late 2019 as the looser, more confident, snarkier, absolute terminator that ICW and TNA once knew, before finally targeting Brock Lesnar in 2020 from the Royal Rumble to WrestleMania, taking the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from The Beast Incarnate, and successfully retaining his critical acclaim through his title run to date.
      • For comparison, every time the members of The Shield went after Brock for the title since they first broke up, they either failed to take him down, had to do it through cheating means, failed to earn and keep the unanimous support of the fans, and/or otherwise went down early to other circumstances — thus even their victories guaranteed Lesnar had an open door to claim back the title at any time. Drew McIntyre, in one try, is so far shaping up to be the active roster's best shot at making sure the championship never has to go back to Lesnar again — solving the Outside-Context Problem that The Hounds of Justice failed to completely get a handle on over the course of five years.
  • Hero Killer: Drew's second main roster run in WWE has to be seen to be believed. In a little under a year, he's categorically torn apart Dolph Ziggler, Finn Bálor, and every single member of The Shield, and may have been the straw that broke the camel's back and influenced Kurt Angle's decision to retire by making Angle tap out to his own finisher. It's hard to remember the last time a heel wrestler in WWE has been booked to such an intimidating level of strength. Even Braun Strowman, who WWE had already been actively calling "The Monster Among Men" at the time, was getting his head kicked in by a Claymore far more often than he was taking Drew out with his running powerslam.
  • He's Back!: Returned to WWE, first to the NXT brand, then to Raw as part of a Tag Team with Dolph Ziggler.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Took 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).
  • I Call It "Vera": He names his claymore sword "Angela".
  • 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.
  • Level Grinding: After his first release from WWE, he seemed to appear almost everywhere at once, on both sides of the ocean, taking as many bookings as he could and building his experience. Even his body went through a metamorphosis, and by the time he re-signed with WWE, he was very obviously more mature and well-rounded as a performer, and WWE took notice.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Drew's most obvious strength is, well, his strength. Being 6'5 and 265 pounds (120 kilos and just shy of 19 stone for European tropers), Drew has incredible power, able to lift guys like The Big Show, and his strikes hit like a truck. But he is also deceivingly agile for a man of his size. He's able to do kip ups, and can dive over the top rope with a somersault plancha!
  • Man in a Kilt: In his early indies, WWE (2007) and FCW runs. He gave up the kilt in 2009 in favor of trunks. He wears them again during his entrance in the inaugural NXT Takeover: WarGames. He officially brought the look back on the main roster toward the end of 2020, dusting off his old blue kilt as entrance gear and capping the look by also toting out a legit Scottish claymore.
  • Manly Tears: Completely contrasting the winners of the last six or so years, especially Shinsuke Nakamura's manic dancing and Seth Rollins' wide-eyed disbelief, Drew's surprisingly humble, heartfelt reaction to winning the titular match of Royal Rumble 2020 was to drop to his knees with tears in his eyes. He had a very similar reaction, and even broke the fourth wall to acknowledge his supporters by giving a "Thank you" gesture to the camera, after winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Acknowledged as a good looking man on-screen in his debut (by Vince McMahon himself) and is fairly popular with the female demographic. In 2020, he even nicknamed himself "The Sexy Scotsman".
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Did this on the go-home show before Delete WCPW to challenge Joseph Connors for the WCPW World Championship.
  • One-Hit Kill: Exactly four people have kicked out of the Claymore: Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Goldberg, and Big E. Literally everyone else has taken exactly one to turn their lights out for the three-count, including Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, and even the mighty Randy Orton.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Culminated his feud with Randy Orton this way, in an ambulance match at Clash of Champions 2020. To wit, Drew utilized a surprise sneak attack on Orton by Shawn Michaels to his advantage, Claymored Orton, and then cracked his dome with Orton's own Punt before finally slamming him in the titular ambulance to win the match and retain the WWE Title.
  • 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.
    • A short-lived one is "The Dogs of War", with Dolph Ziggler and Braun Strowman, after Strowman turned heel. Lasted until the Raw after Hell in a Cell 2018, where they disbanded.
    • An unnamed trionote  with Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin formed after Corbin's ousting from power after TLC 2018.
  • 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 first WWE run.
    • "The Scottish Psychopath/Terminator" in the heel portion of his second WWE run. Others would call him Psychopath, he preferred Terminator.
    • "The Scottish Warrior" circa his second WWE Championship victory and his new kilt-clad, claymore-wielding entrance.
  • 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. The Future Shock DDT is now also a staple, but not a match-ender, of his moveset since his return to WWE.
  • 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–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:
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He stands a whopping 6'5 with matching ruthless demeanor.
  • Terrible Trio:
    • 3MB in WWE, with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal.
    • The Dogs of War, the short-lived association of his tag team with Dolph Ziggler with Braun Strowman.
  • Ur-Example: By winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36, he became not only the first-ever Scottish-born world champion in WWE history but also the first-ever Scottish-born Triple Crown Champion in a major promotion in wrestling history.
  • Use Your Head: Has a devastating headbutt known as the "Glasgow Kiss" (even though he's not from Glasgow as mentioned below).
  • Violent Glaswegian: He's from Ayr, not Glasgow, but still. The intensity that he fights with is practically renowned. Perhaps best exemplified on the December 7, 2020 episode of Raw— when Drew ate an accidental Brogue Kick from Sheamus during a tag match, the two settled their differences in a massive backstage brawl, despite being kayfabe (and real life) friends, as well as Drew acknowledging that he knew Sheamus didn't mean to kick him. Eventually, he and Sheamus would turn their attention to backstage worker Pat Buck, who tried to break up the fight, and slam him through a table.
    Drew: [smiling] Pint?
    Sheamus: [nods] Pint. But this time you're buying, you cheap bastard.
    Drew: [laughs heartily as he and Sheamus walk off screen together]
  • 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.
  • Wrestling Monster: From the beginning of his second run on the main roster all the way up to his WrestleMania 35 feud with Roman Reigns, Drew might very well have been the most terrifying monster heel WWE has seen in decades. Before he lost at WrestleMania to Reigns it was legitimately hard to name instances in which he's actually been defeated. Elements of this actually carried over to his WWE Championship run; while he takes and sells offense more as a face than he did as a monster heel, Drew has kicked out of the finishers of virtually every single challenger he's had, up to and including a kickout at one from an F5, and hasn't been pinned a single time even in non-title matches, both of which are pretty close to unheard of in modern WWE. And while he's had his share of rivals coming after the title, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton are the two who've managed to truly piss him off, prompting him to physically remind them how vicious and terrifying he can be.


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