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Drew McIntyre had "chances" to wrestle in Japan before returning to WWE in 2017

Drew McIntyre had “chances” to wrestle in Japan before returning to WWE in 2017

Drew McIntyre revealed that he had his wrestling opportunities in Japan before “coming home” to WWE in 2017.

The Scot spent three years in the independent ring after his release in 2014, and since his return, he has established himself as one of the top stars in sports entertainment.

He faces Roman Reigns at Clash at the Castle on Saturday (September 3), the first major WWE UK show since SummerSlam 1992.

Talking to independentMcIntyre revealed that his return to WWE could have worked differently, and at one point, he “saw his next move as Japan”.

“Initially, my goal was to return to WWE, but as time went on, I had more opportunities and my confidence,” he explained.

“There was a lot of buzz in the independent world and people were making good money. I felt good and told my wife I didn’t think I would be back.

“My impact contract ran out and I saw my next step as Japan. I spoke to a few people about it and it was clear there would be plenty of opportunities.”

McIntyre then explained how his return to WWE ended, immediately realizing that it was time to go home.

“Before I go any further, one of my guides – William Regal – called me. We talked a little and he said to me ‘Make sure you get a call from Triple H before you make a decision about your future.'”

“I got the call and within the first minute I was like, ‘Wait a minute, it’s time to go home.

Drew McIntyre spoke to The Independent ahead of Clash At The Castle, the UK’s first major WWE stadium event in more than 30 years, which takes place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 3rd September. For tickets go to: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wweclash.