Former NXT General Manager William Regal made his surprising return to WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, after an absence of nearly two years. In light of his return, he has finally been added back to the active WWE roster.

During the March 5 Roadblock special episode of NXT, there was a surprising return as former NXT General Manager William Regal confronted NXT Heritage Cup Champion and his real-life son, Charlie Dempsey.

Regal’s appearance wasn’t a one-time occurrence, as reports suggest he will have an ongoing role in Dempsey’s creative storyline on the show moving forward.

In an update on WWE’s official website, William Regal has been once again added to WWE’s active roster page, where he is now listed as a member of the NXT roster. They have also provided an updated bio for William Regal for good measure.

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On any given day, it’s a toss-up as to which William Regal you could encounter. On one hand, he’s a haughty British aristocrat, dismissing those beneath him with his razor-sharp tongue and clipped, precise delivery. On the other hand, he’s a trained grappling machine, having honed his skill in the hardscrabble waterfront carnivals in his hometown of Blackpool, England. Frankly, either persona is one you would not want to be on the wrong side of.

As a teenager, Regal traveled the roads of his native United Kingdom, wrestling fellow grapplers, as well as complete strangers out of the crowd, as part of a touring carnival act. Here, he fostered a reputation as a lethal opponent whose crushing submissions and stiff strikes could render even the heartiest adversaries totally helpless. Regal diversified his abilities by traveling the world, mastering different styles and winning championships in Europe, the Middle East and Japan.

After finding further success in WCW, Regal carved a tremendous legacy in WWE, winning numerous championships and accolades worthy of such a competitor, including the mantle of Raw General Manager in 2007. Arguably his crowning achievement, however, was when he became truly regal, winning the prestigious 2008 King of the Ring Tournament.

In August 2014, Regal was appointed the new General Manager of NXT, and between signing international stars and sanctioning boundary-breaking contests, he’s helped the brand take its place on the cutting edge of sports-entertainment. Part English gentleman, part Blackpool brawler, William Regal remains one of the most dignified Superstars on the roster. And even today, he’s never above putting an opponent in his place, either with his words or with his fists.


Regal was let go from the company in January 2022, prior to joining AEW at that year’s Revolution pay-per-view. After departing AEW at the end of the year, he returned to WWE, where he was unable to make television appearances for the first year. It remains to be seen how he will be utilized on NXT television in the coming weeks.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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