William Regal has discussed what lies behind his hilarious, flirtatious banter with his favourite man in a mask Excalibur on AEW television.
When there is Blackpool Combat Club business to attend to, William Regal is never far away, frequently watching his men compete from the safety of the announce desk on Dynamite and Rampage.
The excitable Regal always offers a greeting to those at the table but he saves his most devilish lines for play-by-play announcer Excalibur, to the delight of those watching.
Speaking on his Gentleman Villain podcast, William Regal explained that it is simply a part of his character coming out that he has always carried with him, even if some have questioned it:
“There’s no [love story], it’s me. You know as I have, there’s that little impish part of me that when William Regal turns on, and I like it because even though I always had that part of my character. This is some advice for, it’s not advice, it’s just like, ever since I was Lord Steven Regal there was always [something] you didn’t know about, there was a little bit of we call it camping. The version of camping in America is different to the camp in England.”
“Camp in England means you’re not quite sure, it’s flirtatious, it could be taken as somebody who is not heterosexual. I’m going to try and be as polite as I can. I have a lot of the characters that I studied growing up and the character of British and British people in general portrayed in American movies, you just don’t know. And I found it as a useful tool, because I have, I’d like to think that I have no phobics or isms, I used to always have a bit of that in my act to dig people out.”
“When I say dig people out – to find out what they’re really like, in real life, or if it’s an audience member, I would if when I saw in my robes, I would just, if I thought somebody was being loud and obnoxious, I would stand there and just stare at them lovingly because it shut them up more than anything I could show. Then you find out, okay, I know I’m dealing with somebody who doesn’t like certain people. And so I’m gonna play on that more.”
“I like to play on people’s insecurities. It helped me as a villain. So it’s just a bit of a thing that I do, because, and I won’t say it, but I’ve had a few people asking me why are you doing that? And I think why are you bothered, right? Why other than what I’m saying, who does that? Why do you have to even bring that up? And it tells me more about you than it does me.”
There was plenty of Blackpool Combat Club business on AEW Grand Slam Dynamite as Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley clashed for the vacant AEW World Championship.
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