William Regal has been having a fantastic run as the manager of the Blackpool Combat Club in AEW. After being released by WWE, Regal was quickly snapped up by Tony Khan. Since then, he has been building one of the most powerful factions in All Elite Wrestling.
The BCC prides itself on its violent nature. Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, and Wheeler Yuta portray serious fighters as members of the group. Things are sometimes a little more laid back behind the curtain.
A photo of the BCC doing their best imitation of the British band Madness’ album cover for their ‘One Step Beyond…’ record recently went viral. Most people probably wouldn’t take William Regal as a fan of popular music. As he explained the picture on his Gentleman Villain podcast, it quickly became evident that nothing could be further from the truth.
“An English gentleman, the photographer, please look him up. Look the picture up, the original, the black and white on,e because he needs credit for it.
Unfortunately, Bryan [Danielson] was not there, but Madness was a huge part of my life growing up. I went through all kinds of different youth cultures. The original ska was 1968 through 1970. It was always around, but it was a second coming of ska after punk had sort of left in the late ’70s, and Madness was one of those bands that just caught on in Britain, and I know they had a few hits in America, but nothing like they had, they were a national treasure in Britain.
It’s an album of theirs, ‘One Step [Beyond…],’ and to do the Madness thing, I was all for it, so yes. Go and listen to Madness, listen to ‘One Step.’ If your feet don’t start moving, there’s something wrong with you.”
They might be deadly serious between the ropes, but William Regal allows the Blackpool Combat Club to have some fun once in a while. The famous photo has been seen by millions of fans. For Regal, it was a fitting tribute to one of his favorite bands.
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