William Regal Issues Statement About AEW Departure – “I Had A Great Time”

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William Regal has shared more about what led to his AEW departure while thanking the company and saying he had a great time working there.

After spending over two decades in WWE as a wrestler, on-air General Manager and producer/coach for talent, William Regal was released in early 2022 and signed with AEW.

While in AEW, Regal would go on to form the Blackpool Combat Club with former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, current ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson and current ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta.

At AEW Full Gear in November 2022, William Regal helped Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) beat Moxley to win the AEW World Title. It appeared as though Regal would become a mentor/manager for MJF. Instead, MJF turned on Regal after becoming the AEW World Champion to show that MJF really is “The Devil.” Meanwhile, Regal left AEW in an ambulance to sell the attack.

In January 2023, William Regal was back in WWE after requesting that AEW let him go rather than extend his contract. Reports came out at the time that William Regal had the desire to work for WWE again because he is close friends with WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who was not the one that released Regal in early 2022. That was a Vince McMahon decision.

With Triple H running WWE, Regal wanted back in. Plus, William Regal’s son Charlie Dempsey works for the WWE NXT brand as a rising star and Regal wanted to be around his son more. To the credit of AEW’s Owner/General Manager Tony Khan, he respected Regal’s wishes and let him go back to WWE out of respect for Regal as a performer and a wrestling legend.

William Regal issued a series of tweets on Saturday afternoon talking about his AEW departure while making it clear that he was grateful for his time in AEW and he was thankful to Tony Khan for hiring him. As you will see below, there are some spelling/grammar errors that we will leave in for the sake of authenticity.

“Just so anyone who wants to know the truth. I know Tony summed up a few conversations we had with quick answer. FYI, Tony called me at 9 pm on a Sunday night and I discussed my reasons for leaving were time spent where I won’t to be. Then and I only then did he tell me where he was and what problems he was having. I told him to get off the phone and take care off his family and he shouldn’t be talking to me know. I also realise he has summed up conversations with brief answers.”

“We eventually talked about me leaving 2 weeks later in Jacksonville. Time and time spent was the reasons for my leaving, no agenda for anything else. I have lived through some serious times in 2018/19 and realize time is all I have. I had a great time in AEW and are thankful for the time I spent there with many of my close friends and the amazing crew.”

“I just want to make that public so people stop misinterpreting it. It’s sad that people in our job can’t realize that you can be a decent human being without having an agenda or taking advantage. This is the last time I will mention this. Again, I would like to thank AEW for there gracious acceptance of me and for Tony to take me onboard.”

Regal would go on to send another tweet apologizing for the spelling mistakes while adding that AEW was kind to him and he enjoyed it.

“And just so you know, there’s a few spelling mistakes in my last tweets but I spent too much time at school daydreaming of being a Pro Wrestler. Aew we’re very kind to me and I enjoyed my time there. I made the most of my time there and NEVER double crossed anyone.”