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HE IS a star attraction at some of the world's biggest sporting events and one of the best known TV entertainers in America. Performing in packed arenas to millions of fans around the globe - many of whom will be wearing his T-shirts and playing with his action figures - Drew McIntyre admits he finds it hard to believe that just 10 years ago he was making his wrestling debut as a scrawny teenager in Ayrshire. The Scot is one of the top stars in the glitzy world of WWE wrestling. After starting out as a 15-year-old and slogging his way to the top via a series of dingy gigs all over the UK, he has celebrated his 10th anniversary as a wrestler in fine style with a big homecoming show in Glasgow. Drew, 26, from Prestwick, made his WWE debut four years ago and was hailed as the future of the sport by wrestling chief executive Vince McMahon. He has won one of their biggest titles, the Intercontinental Belt, and has his sights set on the world championship and a place in the hall of fame. But he said his greatest achievement is being able to come back and do his thing for a Scottish crowd. He says it is the only place in the world that matches the excitement of the big US arenas. Drew said: "I never get nervous before a show but I get nervous when we come to Scotland. "It's just awesome and a real dream come true for me to have made it in the WWE and then come back to Scotland to see the fans. "It's unbelievable, my favourite show of the year. The only other thing that is like it is Wrestlemania, the fans are amazing. "It blows my mind to be here, meeting my friends and family who supported me all those years ago, and to be here for a WWE show where this is my job. "It's only when I come home to Scotland and see where it all started that I can sit down and take it all in. "All I ever remember as a young boy was people telling me it was an American thing and just an unrealistic fantasy. "It's a fantasy to want to play for Rangers or Celtic, which was about 30 minutes from me, but when I said I wanted to join WWE, they said it was like wanting to fly to the moon without a spaceship. "At a lot of the early shows, there were a hundred-or-so people there. "But it's all a bit different now."
Drew's gig at the Braehead Arena this week was a sign of just how popular he and the consistently successful wrestling brand still is - more than 20 years since characters such as Hulk Hogan first made the franchise popular this side of the Atlantic. Thousands of merchandise-clad fans and families snaked right around the arena entrance and the entire perimeter of the mall more than an hour before the main event, which also featured world champion John Cena and other stars including Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, and The Miz. But, despite the presence of so many big names, the top draw for Scots fans was the ponytailed "Sinister Scotsman". Born as Drew Galloway in Prestwick in 1985, he became obsessed with wrestling at an early age, wearing out old VHS tapes of Wrestlemania events and learning all the moves of big names such as champ-turned-movie star The Rock. While still at school, he started wrestling training and made his first appearance in the ring at 15. After leaving school, he studied for a degree in criminology while honing his skills over the next six years playing to tiny crowds at halls up and down the country. On the Irish circuit, he met best pals and fellow WWE draft candidates Sheamus and Wade Barrett. The Scotsman, the Irishman and the Englishman all got the dream call from the US in 2007, with Drew, who renamed himself McIntyre for performing, making the first impact. He lifted a title (Intercontinental Belt) within his first year and was given the most hyped debut in WWE history when CEO and owner Vince McMahon dubbed him the future of the sport. Even so, he can recite a list of agonising injuries that defy the oft-joked allegation that wrestling is faked. He is determined to give it his very best to live up to that double-edged sword of an introduction from his boss. "It was obviously a positive thing to hear for me because he had never done that before," he explained. "But it was a negative in that it caused a lot of resentment and jealousy. Imagine if somebody walked into your workplace and the boss stood up rubbing your head and said, 'Hey everybody, this is the man here'. "But for me, it has motivated me to live up to that and be the best - to get up to that level. "Everybody is like a big family here and we are on the road so much that we see each other more than our families. "For me, the big target is to get into the Hall of Fame but I'd like to win the heavyweight title first. "I'm putting in all the work and the effort to get there. Wrestling is my life and, if I'm not training or in the gym, then I'm watching videos to learn more about it." His rise to fame in the world of sports entertainment has seen him become a huge celebrity in the States, as well as at home. But with a large part of their popularity based around their exaggerated ring characters, he can stay out of the limelight for the most part. Drew's celebrity lifestyle in the sport also saw him marry, and then split a year later from, female WWE diva wrestler Taryn Terrell. Despite a public romance, and a job that requires him to be the consummate showman, he does enjoy being able to have a quieter life out of the spotlight when he can. "It's different in the US. We don't have paparazzi chasing us all over the place and we're very fortunate in that we have that status without the harassment that a lot of celebrities would receive. "We can have a life. "The fans in Scotland are great but in New York the fans are also great, they are mental. "You can't walk down the street there. I take out my ponytail, which is my disguise, but we're all going to New York for the Survivor Series event next week, and that will be amazing. "The Rock is there and it's fantastic that he has come back into WWE. He was one of my childhood idols and I hope I can get in the ring with him one day. "I'd love to batter The Rock."
The show started off with Bobby Roode coming to the ring. Roode talks about Fortune and how they were like the crap on the bottom of his shoe that he had to scrape away. James Storm comes out and talks some smack by the entrance. Storm heads towards the ring but security steps in front of him. AJ Styles comes through the crowd and he makes his way to the ring and comes up behind Roode.
When Roode turns around, him and Styles begin to brawl. Security breaks them apart but since they are TNA Security, they are unable to separate Roode and Styles. The situation calms down and Styles grabs a mic and he goes back and forth with Roode.
Sting comes out and announces the main event for the Final Resolution pay per view on December 11th at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The main event will be AJ Styles versus Bobby Roode in a 30 minute Iron Man match.
Roode leaves the ring and he rips the guardrail out of the way and gets in Dixie Carter's face. Styles comes out to protect Dixie. Roode ends up hitting Styles from behind and Styles bumps into Carter and both go down. Roode mounts Styles and starts throwing punches on A.J. Security and the agents come out to separate them and they scold Roode for putting Dixie Carter in harm's way.
Match Number One: Impact Wrestling Television Champion Robbie E (with Robbie T) defeated Devon (with D’Angelo Dinero) with a rollup to retain the Impact Wrestling Television Title. There was some outside interference during this match. During the match, Eric Young came to the ring with a chair and hit Robbie T with it. Terry chases Young away and Devon gets distracted when his sons leap the barricade to check on Dinero.
In a backstage segment James Storm asks Samoa Joe if he was the person who attacked him last week. Joe denies being the one who attacked Storm and then they brawl.
Match Number Two: Jesse Sorensen and Brian Kendrick defeated Kid Kash and Impact Wrestling X Division Champion Austin Aries when Sorensen pinned Kash with an outward rolling cutter. Kash and Aries had issues working together during the match and Aries walked out on Kash.
In a backstage segment, Sting talks with Garett Bischoff about the match that Garett had last week against Gunner. Crimson and Matt Morgan walk into the area and they are talking about their match at Turning Point. Sting mentions the current state of the Tag Team Division in the company without teams like the Motor City Machine Guns and Team 3D. He says that Mexican America has threatened to leave because they don’t think there is any competition. Sting suggests that Matt Morgan and Crimson team up and eventually Morgan and Crimson agree to work as a team and a match against Mexican America later in the show for the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Titles is made official.
Match Number Three: Mickie James won a Ten Knockout Gauntlet to become the Number One Contender for the Knockouts Title.
The gauntlet started with Velvet Sky and Rosita. Velvet pinned Rosita after a sit out double underhook facebuster. Velvet defeated Brooke Tessmacher next. Angelina Love defeated Velvet with a rollup. Mickie James defeated Angelina with a roundhouse kick. Mickie defeated Sarita with the jumping DDT. Mickie defeated Tara with the jumping DDT. Mickie defeated Winter with a roundhouse kick. Mickie defeated ODB with a Thesz Press off the turnbuckles. ODB attacked Mickie after losing and hit a TKO. Mickie defeated Madison Rayne with a victory roll. Madison thought that James was knocked out so she took too long to get to the ring and Mickie had recovered.
Jeff Hardy and Karen Jarrett are in the ring and Karen berates Hardy and questions his manhood. She tries to get Hardy to lose his temper to provoke him into hitting Karen. Karen tries to slap Jeff in the face but Hardy blocks it. Jeff Jarrett comes through the crowd but Hardy sees him making his way to the ring. Karen tries for a low blow but Hardy avoids it.
Sting approaches Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff in the back. Sting discusses rewriting Bischoff’s contract but Bischoff says that he never signed it. Sting says that Eric is going to see his son become a bigger star because Garett can wrestle. Garett will face Gunner for later in the show and Sting will be in Garett’s corner. Sting leaves and Flair tells Bischoff that Eric has nothing to worry about because they will be in Gunner’s corner.
Match Number Four: Matt Morgan and Crimson defeat Mexican America when Morgan got the win with the Carbon Footprint to become the NEW Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions.
Match Number Five: Garett Bischoff (with Sting) defeated Gunner (with Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff) with a DDT.
James Storm comes out and he wants to know who it was that mysteriously attacked him last week on Impact, leaving him with a concussion. Storm wants A.J. Styles to come out and James mentions that it is a bit convenient that A.J. got two title matches since Storm got the concussion. Styles says that he is offended that Storm would think that he would do it. Storm and Styles fight and that brings out Kazarian who tries to help separate them.
Kazarian gets Styles out of the ring and Styles goes to the back and he is not in a good mood.
Storm leaves the ring and starts to head to the back but Kurt Angle emerges from under the ring and he attacks Storm from behind and they fight on the entrance ramp. Angle then brings Storm into the ring and hits an Angle slam. Angle tells Storm that he was the one who attacked James last week.