Bryan Danielson has opened up about his special bond with William Regal and how the British legend helped him transform his relationship with his father.
It’s no secret that Bryan Danielson looks up to William Regal, while the British star has often spoken of the American Dragon as the wrestler he wishes he could have been. However, their bond goes much deeper than your standard wrestler-teacher relationship.
During an appearance at Starrcast V on a special episode of The Sessions with Renee Paquette, Danielson spoke of his love and respect for the leader of the Blackpool Combat Club. Diving deeper, Danielson explained that Regal helped him repair his relationship with his father.
“He’s perfect. Even without Blackpool Combat Club or whatever, I just like being able to see him every week. He’s more of a mentor to me than most people know.
If you want something that’s more on the emotional side, my dad struggled with alcoholism his entire life. That’s why I never drank or anything like that.
That was something that I always really struggled with. William Regal, because he’s struggled with addiction in the past, helped me learn to love my dad without trying to change him. Learn to love him as he was. So just being able to be around Darren every week is a real gift.
Darren [William Regal] and I talked about it, I was trying to do this for my dad, or do that for my dad, and all that kind of stuff. Then he said listen, ‘You can’t make him want to change, until he wants to do it himself.’ Then he and I had these talks about that kind of thing and then it just really transformed my relationship with my dad. The last ten years of my dad’s life, we were so much closer than we were before and that’s just something I couldn’t thank him enough for that.”
Bryan Danielson teamed up with William Regal after his arrival in AEW alongside Jon Moxley. The trio dubbed the Blackpool Combat Club later added Wheeler Yuta and Claudio Castagnoli to their ranks.
Elsewhere during his appearance at Starrcast V, Danielson revealed that during his run on Talking Smack in 2016, he was actively trying to get fired.
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