Before this journey though there was just a boy and a dream but that dream wasn't about squared circles and World Titles, it was about scoring goals and lifting trophies. Go back to the bedroom of young Drew Galloway and you would find it adorned with posters of the great Glasgow Rangers soccer club and it's in these posters where Drew saw his dreams being fulfilled. Sometimes however, life takes us on a different path than we originally imagined and by age 15, rather than running the football field, young Galloway was running the ropes. What followed was years of paying dues and honing his craft on the roads of Scotland, England and Ireland, everyday getting a little bit better and a little bit more hungry and when you're talented and have the desire to reach the top, eventually people take notice. Sometimes, albeit rarely, that person is Vincent K. McMahon.
Ask him about it now and he'll smile at the contrast, after all, the locker rooms of Insane Championship Wrestling and Irish Whip Wrestling are a little different than the offices of Titan Towers in Stamford, Connecticut and yet, Drew Galloway didn't treat each place any differently, at least in his heart because to him, they were all just another place for him to learn and get better, all just the next stop on the road to being called World Champion. The fact that the young Scotsman could respect whatever his surroundings were speaks to his humbleness but when the head of a billion dollar company hand picks you as his "Chosen one" well, it can be hard to be humble. Before long the boy from Ayr had found his way onto WWE TV and was ready to become everything that the Chairman told him he was going to be.
A funny thing happens though when you're chasing your dreams, sometimes you get caught in the cogs of the enormous machine that you couldn't wait to see up close. Sometimes those cogs turn you so fast that you have no time to prepare yourself and all of a sudden you forget who you are and why you're there. Worse still, the machine robs you of your time. Especially time with loved ones. It's no secret that in the end, Drew Galloways career in the WWE came to what many believe was a premature end and did so without him ever becoming the World Champion that Vince McMahon had imagined. Ask Galloway now though and that ending holds no sourness for him, no heartbreak. Ask him of regrets and he'll tell you there is only one.. and her name is Angela.
Angela, Drew's Mother, passed away on November 3 2012 and to this day it is still the hardest thing for this battle hardened warrior to open up about. He will freely admit he wishes he had been there more with her, especially at the end but as he stares down into his reflection in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Drew knows that she is proud of him and the man he has become. And as he sits here tonight in the impact Zone locker room, this is what makes the journey worthwhile. Since arriving in impact wrestling, Drew Galloway promised that he was going to #standup for wrestling, that he was going to rebel against injustice like so many of his ancestors did, that he was going to wrestle not just for himself but for the people who have supported him, be it friends, family or fans and so far he has been a man of his word and that has resulted in him becoming the first ever Scottish World Heavyweight Champion.
They say the measure of a man is not his destination but the journey that has taken him there and for Drew Galloway it has been one hell of a journey from a bedroom in Ayr to an arena in Orlando, one that has taken him from a boy to a man and sure, there will be those who say that the means by which he won the World Title were opportunistic but then again the opportunities that now await impact wrestling with Drew Galloway as it's Champion are limitless and like the words of the song says, if you know what you want, when the time is right, you take what you want. Drew Galloway has done that and that's why i'm proud to #standup for Galloway.