WWE is the ultimate goal to a lot of wrestlers but few make it to the dance. On this first part of From Glasscow to Edinboro I’ll take a look at the Scottish wrestlers that made it.
6 foot 5, from Prestwick in Ayrshire, Drew McIntyre is currently hot property in the world of professional wrestling. The Scotsman made his WWE debut in 2007 with Dave Taylor as his manager/tag team partner. Before disappearing and coming back in 2009 as “The Chosen One”, a vicious character who would crash the party and drop opponents with the Future Shock DDT. Mr McMahon endorsed McIntyre as a “future World Champion”, he quickly won the Intercontinental Championship and embarked on a winning streak until running into The Undertaker in March 2010. He became a focal part of Smackdown in his storyline with then-General Manager Teddy Long, bullying Long into getting his own way. After Mr McMahon was written off TV after an attack from The Nexus the roles became reversed. He won the WWE Tag Team Championships with Cody Rhodes then started to fade into the background. He was put into a stable with Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater as the Three Man Band but it was a comedy team and it wasn’t going to let him reach the lofty heights he begun on. In June 2014, he was released from WWE.
Drew has all the makings to be a huge star in the WWE from his size, verbal skills and his in ring skill. The problem was WWE’s erratic booking and no forethought for his character and the upside it had. The 3MB stuff killed any momentum he had and it would’ve taken a total repackage to get Drew back to midcard status before elevating him further up the card. At 29 he still has the time to be a huge star in the WWE but for now we’ll get to enjoy him doing what he does best on the independents.
Robbie and Rory McAllister were part of the RAW Brand from 2006 to 2008. Billed as storyline cousins but were legitimately from Scotland as both were born in Oban. They started strong towards the Tag Team Championships which were held by The Spirit Squad after a few interference led losses to the cheerleaders they started to slip down the pecking order and made appearances on Heat and occasionally popping up on RAW to get battered by whatever monster heel the WWE were building. They made one appearance on WWECW before Rory suffered an injury. Robbie made a brief appearance on TNA iMPACT! in the crowd during WrestleMania weekend in 2008 which may’ve lead to his eventual release from the ‘E. They wrestled their last match as part of the WWE roster in August 2008.
I loved The Highlanders, sure it was a bit corny with them being backwards folks that apparently lived in the sticks but it was a fun character, and they both embraced the character.
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper
I know, I know, Roddy Piper isn’t Scottish, he is Canadian with Scottish heritage. But with his signature bagpipe music, kilt and “Scottish rage” he is the most well known “Scottish” wrestler to compete in the WWF/E. He was so good that he didn’t even have to change his accent. Making his first appearance in the WWF in 1978 on the losing end of a match with then WWF Champion Bob Backlund, he returned in 1984 and became the most hated villain in North American professional wrestling. He main evented the inaugural WrestleMania teaming with Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr T. Roddy Piper’s career can’t be summed up in a paragraph, a DVD or even a book. He defeated The Mountie to hold the Intercontinental Championship in 1992 before passing the torch to Bret “The Hitman” Hart. He made movies, his most famous being John Carpenter’s “They Live”. He fought cancer and won. Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 but his story in WWE was far from over. In 2006 he teamed with long time friend and in ring rival Ric Flair to defeat The Spirit Squad to win the WWE World Tag Team Championships. He is currently signed to a WWE Legends contract and hosts Piper’s Pit on PodcastOne.
Roddy Piper, need I say more? He is an honorary Scotsman and a living legend. He worked hard to become one of the most loved hated men in professional wrestling. His charisma is unmatched and his skill to rile opponents is unquestionable.
To Infinity and Beyond
In 2014 some of the best Scottish wrestlers have appeared on WWE television as cameos be it Adam Rose’s Rosebuds or Rusev’s Russian security. Scottish wrestlers have showed what they can do on TNA British Bootcamp 2, surely it’s only a matter for time before we see another Scottish wrestler make it to the WWE. With the current crop of talent in Scotland it’s only a matter of time until we see the first Scottish WWE Champion.
On the concluding part of From Glasscow to Edinboro I’ll look at five Scottish wrestlers that I personally think can make it in the WWE. It will be difficult it whittle it down to just five so bare with me.