TNA Wrestling is currently taping episodes of Impact Wrestling in Glasgow, Scotland, and they brought some surprises with them at today’s taping. Former WWE superstar Drew McIntyre, now going by Drew Galloway (his real name), debuted with TNA today.
Galloway, a native of Ayr, Scotland, is no stranger to wrestling in the United Kingdom. He started out his career working for British Championship Wrestling from 2003 to 2007. Galloway received his initial break for a start with the WWE in 2006, when the company was taping SmackDown in Manchester, England. Galloway and Sheamus wrestled a tryout match prior to the taping and impressed company officials. WWE brought both of them back for another tryout match, this time in London, in April, 2007. McIntyre was signed to WWE shortly thereafter, as was Sheamus.
Drew Galloway debuted on WWE television towards the end of 2007, with Dave Taylor at his side. Playing a baby face character who was seeking dual citizenship in the United States, his biggest televised victory during this period was against Charlie Haas in early January, 2007. Shortly thereafter, McIntyre was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, and later, Florida Championship Wrestling, the WWE’s developmental territories prior to NXT.
In mid-2009, Galloway was called back up to the main WWE roster and debuted on the SmackDown brand. This time, as a heel, he began a feud with R-Truth. It was during this stint that Vince McMahon declared that Drew Galloway was a future world champion, and Galloway was dubbed “the chosen one.” He won the WWE Intercontinental Championship in December of 2009, and Galloway made his first WrestleMania appearance at WrestleMania XXVI in Arizona, where he competed in the Money In The Bank match. Later in 2010, Galloway teamed up with Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Between the years 2011 and 2013, Galloway bounced between brands and the company’s new development territory, NXT. Possibly his most memorable moments in WWE came as a member of 3MB (3 Man Band), a faction Galloway formed with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal in late 2012. The group, which was basically a glorified comedy jobber crew, received considerable television time early on and caught on with the fans, despite the faction’s inability to attain victory in the ring.
After being released from his WWE contract in June 2014, Galloway worked the independent circuit in the United States and Europe. His most noteable work as of late has come for Insane Championship Wrestling, a British group, and EVOLVE, a Pennsylvania promotion partially owned by original Ring of Honor booker Gabe Sapolsky.
At today’s TNA’s Impact Wrestling tapings in Glasgow, Galloway debuted by coming out to save Grado, a fellow ICW wrestler who had just defeated Al Snow in the main event. Grado was being attacked following the match by the Beatdown Club, and Galloway ran in to make the save.
According to a report by PWInsider, Galloway and TNA had been discussing a contract for the last four to five weeks. Drew is set to appear on the rest of TNA’s U.K. tour shows. Some were surprised by the signing given the fact that the current TNA Knockouts Champion, Taryn Terrell, is Galloway’s ex-wife, and the two of them have had a violent past.
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