Scottish wrestling warrior Drew McIntyre was given a hero's welcome on his return home in Glasgow last night – after travelling through the city in an open top bus.
McIntyre is one of the UK’s most successful grappling exports and became the first ever British WWE Champion when he defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania in 2020.
One thing that had eluded the 36-year-old during a hugely successful run in WWE over the last couple of years, however, is a show in his home country.
The 2020 Royal Rumble winner had to endure a lengthy wait to perform in front of his compatriots, with WWE only now touring internationally again following travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday night, however, McIntyre and members of WWE’s SmackDown roster rounded off a mini tour of these shores with a blockbuster event in Glasgow.
Hot on the heels of shows in Newcastle, London and Cardiff, the show at the SSE Hydro, capped off a prestigious day for the former NXT champ.
McIntyre travelled around the city in an open top bus, adorned by a Scottish flag, before meeting The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Philip Braat at the Glasgow City Chambers.
There, the pair traded traditional gifts before the powerhouse performer, born just 40 miles away in Ayr, was sent on his way to battle.
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A fun live event that night saw Kevin Owens defeat Happy Corbin and Becky Lynch defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair.
Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura also retained his title against Apollo Crews, with the two set to meet again in the US in a televised bout on Friday night.
The main event was of course reserved for the hometown hero, though, as McIntyre enjoyed a thunderous response from the crowd before going on to defeat rival Jinder Mahal.
After the show, he Tweeted: “One of the most special nights of my life. Thank you, Glasgow. Until next time.”
WWE returns to the UK with another, longer live event tour in November.
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