Drew McIntyre Wants Tyson Fury Showdown 'For The Right Reasons'
The Gypsy King has just agreed to a two-fight deal to face WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO champion Anthony Joshua in what would be the biggest fight in the history of heavyweight boxing.
But after a successful stint in WWE whereby he beat current Universal champion Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia in November, he has also gone back and forth with McIntyre, the first ever British WWE champion.
Fury has expressed his interest in making it happen and now McIntyre, who won the championship by destroying Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, says he's keen if it means achieving his goal of ending the lengthy wait for a WWE pay-per-view in the United Kingdom.
"I'm all about the match with Fury if it's for the right reasons," he told SPORTbible on a conference call ahead of Backlash this Sunday.
"I've obviously said that our superstars are going to get a title opportunity before anybody but if we can arrange a situation.
"The big thing for me is a UK pay-per-view. I think if we're going to get a UK pay-per-view as big as SummerSlam 1992 - it's been a long time coming and the fans deserve it - if it takes Drew McIntyre vs Tyson Fury on the bill to make that happen, I want to do it in the right place and the right setting.
"I know Fury feels the same way. Not to speak out of turn, because he spoke out of turn and mentioned he had a phone call with Vince McMahon recently - I don't know what that means.
"I'm just going to sit here patiently and when Fury shows up, I'll be pretty happy to kick his face off."
Fury, with his charisma and trash-talking abilities, looked perfectly at home when he dabbled into WWE and Triple H, executive vice president of WWE's talent, live events and creative, would very much welcome more appearances from the 31-year old gone forward.
"Having done a lot of the promotion for the last time he worked with us, there's thoughts out of there for a lot of things with Tyson Fury," he said in a media conference ahead of an NXT UK Takeover event in Blackpool back in January.
"He had a blast and one of the things I learned doing press with him for the other time he worked with us was that as a kid he saw himself becoming a WWE superstar, not a boxer.
"The entertainment side of it, that showmanship side of him is in front so I think he would love to do something more with us and [it be] a bigger thing.
"I think he understands the entertainment value and the door is open. The door is open on our side and the door is open on his side but there's a lot of things in between now and then."
Drew McIntyre faces Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at Backlash on Sunday, 14 June at 1am on the WWE Network.