William Regal was one of the many names WWE released due to “budget cuts.” His firing was very interesting, because it came in the midst of a slew of releases for “Triple H guys.” This felt like a personal shot at Triple H, but it didn’t take long for the situation to turn around.
Vince McMahon’s retirement brought a regime change to WWE. Triple H got to work in bringing back people his father-in-law axed. William Regal, though, was under an AEW contract at the time, but Tony Khan agreed to let him leave.
PW Insider has confirmed that William Regal is already back with WWE. He officially started back with the company this morning, January 4th, the same day that Sasha Banks made her Wrestle Kingdom debut as Mercedes Mone.
PWInsider.com is told that William Regal, 54, is officially back with World Wrestling Entertainment as of this morning.
Regal broke into the business in Europe in the early 1980s before being signed to WCW in 1993, where he had 4 World Television Championship runs. Regal had several runs in WWE over the years, initially as the forgettable “Man’s Man” character before hitting his stride after getting sober and having runs with the WWE Intercontinental and European Championships as well as winning the 2008 King of the Ring Tournament. His WWE autobiography Walking The Golden Mile is among the most underrated wrestling books of all time.
In 2014, Regal began focusing primarily on WWE’s developmental, appearing on screen as an announcer and as the NXT General Manager but behind the scenes, he had risen into one of Paul Levesque’s trusted lieutenants. Eventually given the official title of WWE Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting, Regal was regularly traveling to major independent events to help scout talents and bring them into the WWE fold. He was a major sounding board for talents inside and outside of WWE and was pretty much considered to have a job for life until Vince McMahon dismantled the Paul Levesque black and gold vision of WWE NXT.
William Regal might be back with WWE, but he won’t be seen on screen. His AEW release included a clause that he is not allowed to show up as an on-screen talent until 2024. That might nix a possible “WARGAMES” announcement from Regal if they do another match for the 2023 Survivor Series event, but his influence will still be felt throughout the company.
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