William Regal Says Original AEW Plan “Never Transpired”

William Regal

William Regal has opened up about his AEW departure and admits the end of his run became a “bit convoluted” and too much about himself.

William Regal joined AEW in March 2022, two months after he and several other backstage NXT personnel were let go by WWE. Heading up the Blackpool Combat Club, Regal put together a squad of talent that included Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, and Wheeler Yuta.

Regal asked Tony Khan not to exercise a clause in his contract that would have extended it as he had the desire to return to WWE – now under the creative leadership of Triple H – and to work with his son, NXT star Charlie Dempsey.

Speaking on the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip in an interview recorded a few weeks ago, William Regal says his time in AEW went by in the blink of an eye and he hasn’t been able to reflect on anything he and the BCC achieved:

“As you know, I left one company, I’ve gone to another, it’s like a blink of an eye, I start back with WWE again and it’s like nothing has ever happened and nothing has changed in the slightest.”

“It’s weird. Anybody that is listening that’s young, I know you don’t like listening to older people; make the most of every second you have on this earth. It really is, you get to a certain age and time goes so quickly and we waste a lot of it. Sometimes you think, ‘I’m going to make the most of it.’ Even trying to make the most of it, you end up not making as much of it as you can and it’s gone.”

“I just had a wonderful seven or eight months with a real good group of my friends, and boom, it’s gone in the blink of an eye. I haven’t even caught up with any of the stuff we’ve done because it’s just the way it is.”

William Regal then explained how the interview will be the last public discourse he has for quite some time and says he’s happy to take a backseat, something he says he wasn’t able to do so readily in AEW:

“This will be the last thing that I’m doing. If you’re into the wrestling, it was a bit convoluted and finished off the way it finished off where I’ve been in AEW, but I’m back with the WWE by the time you hear this. I’ve had people asking me to do things. There is a lot that happened this year and a lot of things that made me go, ‘I’m quite happy being not in the limelight.'”

“I have been for many years. I had my time and I had a nice little gig with NXT for a long time where I just showed up occasionally, and then in the pandemic, I was used a lot more because we had to go into survival mode and there were certain characters and it changed things a little bit. I said, ‘Don’t use me as much, if you don’t mind, it should be about the talent, not about me.'”

“This (interview) will be the last thing I’m doing. Unless WWE asks me to do something as myself, I’m doing nothing else about anything or wrestling for at least a year. I’m happy with that. That was one of the things, in the last months of AEW, it was getting far too much about me. It should have been about the talent I was with, not about me. I’m quite happy being in the background. All it is is grief. I’ve had my run.”

“I couldn’t have had a better last few months as far as TV and doing that, but I didn’t go there with that intention. The intention was to do something different, and it started off the way it did, but I didn’t expect it to end up being this thing that it was for the last seven months where I just became talent. I went there with a different plan because I was asked to go there to help out in a different capacity, and that never transpired. Okay, I’m done.”

William Regal is believed to have attended the 6th of January edition of SmackDown in his new role as WWE Vice President of Global Talent Development. Ironically that was the same day it became public that Vince McMahon had returned to WWE’s Board of Directors.

h/t Fightful