Brit WWE star knew he’d be champ as fortune teller predicted it when he was 10
He became the first British wrestler to be crowned WWE champion but Drew McIntyre’s success was written in the stars – after a palm reader told he would find fame.
Growing up in Ayr, getting to the very pinnacle of wrestling seemed unlikely.
But McIntyre had faith in himself – boosted when he had his fortune told as a 10-year-old in Blackpool.
The 35-year-old says: “I had my reading and she went into a lot of detail. I was conscious of not saying a word and not giving any clues.
“And she said I’d be a very famous entertainer. All I heard from ‘famous entertainer’ was that I’m going to make it in the WWE. It’s official, she said it, so it’s going to be so.”
The prediction proved eerily accurate when McIntyre became WWE champion last year.
And the wrestler has always had an interest in UFOs, conspiracy theories and the paranormal – even writing to the FBI as a child requesting information on UFOs and receiving a stack of papers back.
“I was into strange things when I was a kid,” he says. “Wrestling was my biggest love but I was a fan of the X-Files and the paranormal.
“There was a magazine I used to pick up that covered all my strange interests, the paranormal, UFOs, deadly diseases, spontaneous combustion, the most random stuff you could think of.
“One month’s issue had a sample letter for the FBI to get documents under the Freedom of Information Act, so I filled it out, put in my pocket money and sent it.
“Never thought much of it until a few weeks later when I got home and my dad was waiting for me with a big dossier five inches thick asking: ‘Drew why are the FBI in America sending you these documents?’”
He has also had several spooky experiences as an adult. “I stayed overnight at a place called the Myrtles Plantation which is one of the most haunted houses in America,” he says.
“I was in the room and the temperature kept changing and a couple of things flew across the room.
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“Once I was staying in Birkenhead near Liverpool, in an old house that was used as a hospital during the war.
“I’d been told this house was haunted. I go to sleep and feel a finger on my arm. I open my eyes and there’s nothing there. Then I feel a grab on my arm and I remembered where I was. I leapt to my feet and ran outside.”
McIntyre has just released his autobiography, A Chosen Destiny, chronicling his journey to the top and the heartache and demons which nearly derailed him. After being signed to the WWE in 2007, he rapidly rose through the ranks.
But in 2010 McIntyre’s world started crumbling. His beloved mum Angela was diagnosed with cancer. His wrestling storylines started drying up.
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He was getting divorced from female wrestler Taryn Terrell after just a year’s marriage. He hit the bottle to cope. And things spiralled further when Angela sadly died in 2012.
“I’d achieved my dream,” he says. “But things were falling apart. My mother got sick and my world started unfolding.
“I wanted to numb my feelings and it suddenly went from a few to competitive drinking. I just wanted to keep myself in a constant haze – I do not want to deal with my thoughts and my emotions.”
It culminated in McIntyre getting fired from the WWE in 2014. But it turned out to be exactly what he needed.
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He had recently met his then-girlfriend, now wife, Kaitlyn – who he believes was sent to him by his “guardian angel” Angela.
And together they plotted how he would turn his life around and return to the top. That involved throwing himself into other non-WWE wrestling organisations, competing around the world and winning titles.
He says: “It took getting fired to get that wake-up call I needed or I was going to eventually crash and burn.
“I was an absolute mess for a year after my mum passed. I met Kaitlyn and she reminds me a lot of her, just how strong she is. Without her there, which I do believe my mum had something to do with, I would not be the man I am today.”
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In 2017 he got that call from the WWE and made his triumphant comeback – taking the belt three years later.
McIntyre says: “I wouldn’t change a thing, unless I could change what happened to my mum which I know I can’t.”
When the world gets back to some sort of normality, there’s a much-discussed match with boxer Tyson Fury on the cards.
The pair have been exchanging volleys on social media and McIntyre is keen to see it happen on a UK pay-per-view event.
He says: “My fingers are crossed it will happen. We deserve a huge show. We’re absolutely going to do it in the UK and if it takes Drew McIntyre versus Tyson Fury to make it happen, I’m all about it.
“He’s certainly on board, he’s harassed me enough on social media, we’ve gone back and forth a bunch of times.”
So who would win in a bout between the hulking Scotsman and the Gypsy King?
“Me of course,” laughs McIntyre. “I’m 6ft 5in, he’s a little bit taller but I’d shoot for those feet, I got him.”
It’s clear McIntyre is as passionate about wrestling now as he was growing up in Scotland. He says: “It was my first love.”
● A Chosen Destiny by Drew McIntyre is published by Ebury Press, RRP £20.
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