William Regal has given his stamp of approval to a “magic and special” competitor, but that he was also the one that got away.
There is a lot to be said for having adaptability in professional wrestling. Whilst having one trait that you are particularly strong at, being an all-rounder gives you the scope to fit anywhere on the card and increase your longevity in such a competitive industry.
In that sense, William Regal has spoken fondly on his most recent Gentleman Villain Podcast about Damien Sandow. Although he never reached the top of the bill in WWE, he was able to work with every situation thrown at him.
I do believe Damien Sandow was — he was far better than his career ended up being. Damien Sandow was absolutely magic and special in everything he was given. If anything, that’s why I liked him so much, he was like me. Is he going to be the top guy like Seth Rollins, Jon Moxley, and Roman Reigns? Maybe not. Is he going to be a perfect player on your show, do anything, and make anything work? Yes.
William Regal went on to discuss how Sandow was “the one that got away”, as he thought he’d always have a job in a top organization.
I don’t like to say certain things but that was — I always thought that he would have a job in wrestling, at a high level, forever. When I say ‘high level,’ I mean in a top company, because he could do anything and blend in with anybody.
He can pull off good comedy, and I like to consider myself one of those. he was just brilliant at it. The others have gone on to do well. The guys you mentioned became The Shield and look what’s happened to them. They were all great and I think the world of all of them. They were all great to be around at that point in time. In FCW, they were always polite, respectful, asked the right questions, and did the right things. Damien Sandow was just the one that got away.
Now with AEW, William Regal has also recently discussed how he always knew Sasha Banks was going to be special.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.