William Regal’s contributions to the pro wrestling world are something no one can deny. Regal is heralded as one of the greatest minds in pro wrestling and there is a good reason for that. Regal almost lost his family due to his King Of The Ring gimmick as well.

Back in 2008, William Regal beat CM Punk in the final of The King of the Ring tournament on Monday Night RAW. There were huge plans for him but they were scrapped after he was suspended less than a month later due to a wellness violation.

While speaking on the latest episode of the Gentlemen Villain podcast, William Regal revealed how dark he planned to take the character. This almost ended up costing him his family.

“I was taking this to a completely different realm of where I wanted to go with being a dark character,” William Regal said. “And I really hadn’t figured out how far yet, and then this thing came along [with] the King of the Ring, but I was acting this sort of very deep, dark character. And at the time, I was studying a lot of the world’s dictators and I was bringing that, the last few weeks and I was doing that stuff, the King of the Ring stuff, I was sitting at home and I’m not, again, paying attention to my family as much. Because I’m thinking too much of this job.


But once I was out of it, I thought I’m glad I’m out because [if] I didn’t, until I’m out of it, when I was a week later in Orlando just on holiday thinking I’ve got seven weeks off, the initial few days was not happy because I’m taken out of this biggest role I’ve ever been given,” William Regal said. “But then realising that could have been the thing that could have lost me my family because I could have…okay, I’ve heard people say I could have been World Champion. I’ve heard people say that they were going to go, nobody told me anything. I was just going week by week and doing it, but I was creating this dark character

Lord Regal will forever be grateful for his many years in WWE. Regal simply has a new goal in mind and will accomplish it in AEW and that is what matters to him right now.

H/T: Inside the Ropes

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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