Drew McIntyre ‘will kick Tyson Fury’s head off’, says Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman says Tyson Fury will "get his head kicked off" if he accepts the challenge of Britain's first WWE Champion Drew McIntyre.
McIntyre, 34, from Ayr, Scotland, earned his place in the record books by capturing the title at WrestleMania 36 earlier this month.
After defeating Brock Lesnar in spectacular fashion, the Raw superstar called out the WBC boxing heavyweight champion, Fury.
The Gypsy King, 31, responded on Instagram : "DMcIntyreWWE has call me out after his WWE Wrestlemania 36 victory.
"First I say congratulations and what a fantastic job. Secondly I accept his challenge, anytime, any place, anywhere."
Fury already has experience of competing in WWE, after beating Strowman by count out at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia in October.
But new Universal Champion Strowman, who has also fought McIntyre in the past, had a word of warning for Fury in a chat with WWE UK.
He said: "Well Tyson better learn how to do more than punch, I can tell you that. He got lucky with the one he caught me with when I was standing outside the ropes.
"Drew McIntyre, like myself, is a completely different trained animal than Tyson Fury has ever stepped in the ring with… he might be in for a world of awakening. "I've been hit with the Claymore kick [McIntyre's finisher] probably more than anybody and I know what it's capable of, so, the best of luck if he wants to get in there and get his head kicked off. Go ahead and give it a try and see what happens."
Strowman won SmackDown's top title when he defeated the legendary Goldberg, on the first evening of a two-night WrestleMania in Orlando, Florida.
The 36-year-old was a last minute replacement for Roman Reigns and only found out he would be in the match after a 21-hour drive back home.
Strowman said: "I have some land up in Wisconsin, I have 80 acres out in the middle of nowhere, I think there are 400 people in the whole town.
"I thought 'if I’m going to be on lock down, I'd rather it was out in the middle of nowhere', so I loaded up my things in my car and drove 21 hours to Wisconsin.
"I got one hour away from my property in Wisconsin and I got a phone call from the chairman of WWE saying 'there has been some last minute changes… we need you, we're sending a jet, it lands at 9pm'.
"So, I made it to Wisconsin long enough to grab a quick bite of dinner… and headed to the regional county airport and jumped on a four-seater jet.
"It reminded me that you have to be on 24-hours a day because – you never know.
"Kudos to our team for making it happen and getting me back to Florida, then returned back in a 24-hour period with minimal contact with other human beings. Kudos to the company for getting me down there and making it happen."
Unlike his part time predecessor Goldberg, roster mainstay Strowman is intent on making sure that he is a fighting champion that gives back to the fans.
He said: "I'm bringing the Universal Title home to Friday nights. It's going to be a resident there… I'm going to be a fighting champion.
"You guys know how I work, you know my work ethic. If I could work eight days a week, if they threw an extra day in the week, I'd do it because I love it. I want to make sure our fans, our people, are getting their money's worth."
While the circumstances around WrestleMania were not ideal for all talent involved – with the event taking place on a closed set without a live audience – location wise it could not have been any better for Strowman.
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He said: "The WWE Performance Centre is home. Without the WWE Performance Centre and the coaches and staff that was there, I would never have turned into the Monster Among Men.
"I was in the first class of the WWE performance Centre when it opened in July 2013.
"I am the first non wrestler to come into the WWE Performance Centre and make it out to the main roster. I was the first athlete without a wrestling background to hold the most prestigious title on SmackDown."
Strowman will obviously have fond memories of his own WrestleMania moment, but was also a big fan of both the Boneyard and Firefly Fun House matches, which received a lot of praise from fans and critics alike.
He said: "They were cinematic pieces of art. It was literally sports entertainment at its pinnacle.
"It was mind blowing watching the cinematics… the fights scenes, just the whole presence of it all… I've got goosebumps thinking about it right now.
"When I watch wrestling I don't watch it as an analytical wrestler trying to break it down and nitpick everything, I watch wrestling like I did when I was a teenager, when I was a child, I watch it to be entertained… and, dammit, it entertained me."
With all eyes on Strowman's next step as Universal Champion, he is also featured heavily in the recent Netflix and WWE Studio release The Main Event. But while he enjoyed his time on the big screen, he is completely focused on his work inside the squared circle.
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