Nigel McGuinness was one of the most exciting superstars to make a name for themselves in Ring of Honor. The former WWE color commentator is also known to hang in the ring with the likes of Bryan Danielson, Jimmy Rave, and Chris Hero. Recently, AEW star Wheeler Yuta hinted that Nigel might replace William Regal in the Blackpool Combat Club faction.
The Blackpool Combat Club was formed back in March 2022 after a battle between Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson at AEW Revolution. The match saw a post-bout brawl between the two competitors until William Regal made his surprise AEW debut to break the fight and made them a cohesive unit moving forward.
William Regal became a mentor for the Blackpool Combat Club, comprising Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson originally, who were later joined by Claudio Castagnoli and Wheeler Yuta. The current ROH Pure champion recently mentioned Nigel McGuinness as a possible replacement for William Regal, who has reportedly left AEW. He spoke about this on the Battlegrounds Podcast, and he seemed quite open to the possibility.
“”I think that Nigel’s awesome, but I think that we’re probably gonna wind up doing with the BCC is just taking it forward ourselves. We’ve already learned a lot, and now it’s up to those three to continue to help continue to mentor me. You heard Regal say it himself. So I think that is gonna probably be the four of us going from now on, but we’ll see where it ends.”
Wheeler Yuta further stated that there would be only four members in the Blackpool Combat Club for the time being. After all, too many members can complicate things.
“I’m certainly not ruling it out. Like I said, Nigel’s awesome, and I think his style, obviously he’s not active anymore, but his style fit in great with what we were doing. So yeah, I think he’s great. But I think for right now, it’ll be the four of us.”
AEW President Tony Khan revealed that William Regal had requested to be released from his AEW contract to train his son and rejoin WWE to work with Triple H during the ROH: Final Battle media call. However, Regal did state that he was Blackpool Combat Club till his last breath in a pre-recorded promo during last week’s AEW Dynamite.
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