WWE wrestler Drew McIntyre says drunk Scots fans challenge him to fights when he visits home

Wrestler Drew McIntyre has revealed he gets ­challenged to fights by drunken Scots when he makes trips back home.

The WWE star said he gets hassled when out socialising in Glasgow and his hometown of Ayr by people who think they could take him on.

The 35-year-old, who became Britain’s first WWE champion last year, lives in Tampa, Florida, with his
wife Kaitlyn.

However the 6ft 5in, 19st grappler said American fans have the sense not to bother him for a fight.

He said: “I had more trouble back home even though I am twice the size of everybody back home, ­especially in Ayr.

Drew in action in the ring
Drew in action in the ring

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“In Glasgow, more people try to start trouble than people ever do in America and there are a lot of big dudes over here.

“I don’t put out any vibe that I’m looking for violence.

“If somebody comes over and is aggressive, I’m going to be nice.

“You really have to push my buttons hard for me to snap. It’s happened once or twice in my entire life and it’s not pretty and I’m not proud of it.

“My mum used to say, ‘If you ever get in a situation where you lose it, don’t act on it because I don’t want you to end up in jail’. That’s not something I’ve ever had to worry about because it takes a lot to make me snap.

“The chances are I will buy you a drink if you’re being a bit of a wido in the bar, just to defuse the ­situation.

“Although I know I could probably drop them in half a second, I choose not to go there.”

McIntyre also told how he hopes a planned exhibition fight with boxer Tyson Fury will take place when the coronavirus pandemic is over. The pair have been trading insults online and the wrestler says Fury is “on board” for the Battle of Britain bout.

Speaking on the BBC’s Headliners podcast, he added: “I am willing to make it happen and Fury is on board as well.

“It’s very serious and it makes sense from a business perspective.

“I can take a punch but I don’t know about a Fury punch, but I
don’t care as long as the event happens.”

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