WWE news: Drew McIntyre 'integral' to British wrestling says NXT UK's Piper Niven [Exclusive]

Drew McIntyre will headline WrestleMania

Drew McIntyre is hoping to make history at WrestleMania 36 by becoming the first-ever British born WWE Champion. 

To do that, he has to beat Brock Lesnar. It's going to be quite the task, but there's an underlying feeling that if anyone can, it's Drew. 

If the Scotsman does lift that title above his head at the end of the night, he will have reached the summit of the professional wrestling mountain. 

His journey to the top hasn't been easy, either.

Given McIntyre had to return to the independent circuit after being released by WWE in 2014, to just be competing in the main event of WrestleMania is a huge achievement. 

His success has already sparked a new wave of interest in wrestling back home, but just how much of an impact has he had on fellow Scottish wrestlers coming through the ranks in NXT UK? 

According to Piper Niven, McIntyre has been 'integral' and is proof that British performers can one day achieve their dream in WWE.   

"Drew has been integral to our [British wrestling] scene. When I started out there was hardly any wrestling in Scotland," Niven told GMS. 

McIntyre has a chance to make history in WWE

"When I started, Drew had just been taken over to America to wrestle and that was unheard of for anybody to have a tryout or even have a look in with WWE.

"He was the aspiration. He was proof that if you’re talented and you work hard and you’re passionate, then it is possible. He was the inspiration for so many people.

"For me, he’s constantly been showing it can be done. How everybody reacted to his Royal Rumble win back home, there’s so much national pride.

McIntyre will now headline WrestleMania

"Me and Drew come from not too far away from each other. There are a few wrestlers that come from Ayrshire and I jokingly call us the Ayrshire Mafia!"

Piper also revealed that McIntyre often checks in with his fellow Scottish wrestlers and even takes time to attend Insane Championship Wrestling shows in Glasgow. 

"Absolutely [Drew checks in] any time that he’s around," she continued. 

McIntyre faces Lesnar at WrestleMania

"He pops back to see ICW, he always has time for us and always checks up to see how we’re doing, making sure his brothers and sisters are alright." 

If McIntyre conquers The Beast at WrestleMania, you can bet we won't see a more popular WWE Champion for quite some time, especially in the UK.  

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