WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has revealed the two fan favourites whose careers he hopes to emulate.
The imposing Scotsman is riding the crest of a wave as the first ever British world heavyweight champion in WWE history.
The 6ft 5in powerhouse captured the title from Brock Lesnar with a succession of his signature Claymore kicks at WrestleMania 36 in April.
Speaking to Mirror Sport's Tony Quant, the star said he wants to compete for as long as possible.
And he named two superstars – coming up to 23 and 31 years in the ring respectively – whose long run inspires him to stay at the top.
Asked what gift he would like to wake up with on his upcoming 35th birthday this weekend, McIntyre joked that he would like to "swim around in R-Truth and Rey Mysterio's fountain of youth and start ageing backwards like they both have!"
The grappler has been living in the United States for the last 13 years and also recalled an interaction with a WWE writer in which the pair both were taken aback at how quickly that time has gone by.
He said: "I was speaking with Dave Kapoor backstage at Raw the other day and I told him that he did my first ever backstage pre-tape, when I was talking about getting dual citizenship and I was 22 then. And now I am coming up for 35 – it's just crazy."
McIntyre has certainly had a rollercoaster ride to get to his current position. After being picked out as a future world champion by WWE top brass Vince McMahon in 2009, the Ayr native, real name Andrew Galloway, was released from the company in 2014.
His career revival on the independent scene led to him re-signing with the promotion in 2017, he then won the 2019 Royal Rumble, and etched his place in the history books by capturing the WWE title at WrestleMania 36.
With McIntyre now in the top spot, his focus is shifting towards his upcoming title defence against former MMA star Bobby Lashley.
The pair clash at the Backlash pay-per-view event, which takes place on Sunday June 14, airing live on the WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office.
You can watch WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and more WWE Raw action every Monday at 1am, only on BT Sport 1 HD.
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