Jim Ross thinks that William Regal will be an asset wherever he goes in the wrestling industry.
Rumors have circulated lately that William Regal won’t be in AEW for much longer. His last appearance on AEW programming was on the November 30th episode of Dynamite where he was punched with brass knuckles from behind by MJF.
Since then, it has been said that Regal “regretted joining AEW due to maturity issues with management”. Further fueling this speculation is a report by the Wrestling Observer that Regal is in the process of finalizing a new deal with WWE that will see him return there in early 2023.
Though nothing 100% concrete has been confirmed, Regal’s future has been a hot topic this last week. On a recent episode of his Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross gave his thoughts on the situation as well:
“He’s a valuable asset to AEW, or wherever he may be in any company. It’s been a blessing to have him around because he was one of my guys that I really worked hard to salvage a career for back in the day. He’s been a very valuable resource.
You can’t replace guys with that kind of experience, and in Regal’s case, also the patience to help these young guys, because he was in the ring every day, you know, at TV, and always had time for the talent and the young green guys.
I told someone the other day, ‘I hope you guys are paying attention to him.’ I mentioned the MJF. I said, ‘You know, the more you can sit under that learning tree of William Regal and talk about the psychology of being a wrestling villain, you should because he’s got great psychology.’
Again, a very valuable asset to wherever he may be. I don’t know what the future holds for him. But, I mean, he’s one of those guys that you can’t replace easily, or at all. I don’t know if you can replace him at all, quite frankly.”
While some AEW wrestlers, like Claudio Castagnoli, have praised William Regal for helping out in any way he can, others have questioned the validity of the above “maturity issue” being a factor in Regal’s ARE tenure.
h/t Wrestlingnews.co for the transcription