WWE Hall Of Famer Edge has shown his appreciation for William Regal after the surprising news that the Englishman has been released by WWE.
As reported by Mike Johnson of PWInsider, William Regal has left WWE. Chris Guy, also known as Ace Steel, who worked as a coach, notably with CM Punk has also left the company. Also departing is Dave Kapoor aka Ranjin Singh who was working with the NXT brand after previously managing The Great Khali, and Ryan Katz who had been working with NXT since 2015.
William Regal began his second spell in WWE in 2000, going on to have an accomplished career in the company where he captured the Intercontinental, European, Tag Team, and Hardcore Championships as well as being crowned King Of The Ring in 2008.
After Regal hang up his boots in 2013, he was given the role of on-screen General Manager of NXT but behind the scenes, he was a key figure in the development of the brand. In 2018 William Regal’s role was described by WWE as Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting.
Now following his WWE departure, Edge has paid tribute to Regal, with a touching post on social media:
“@RealKingRegalis a man I hold the utmost respect for. A dear friend who always, without fail, makes me smile, and what better gift? He also made me a better, tougher performer and pulled me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to new heights. He’s a real man(s) man.”
.@RealKingRegal is a man I hold the utmost respect for. A dear friend who always, without fail, makes me smile, and what better gift? He also made me a better, tougher performer and pulled me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to new heights. He’s a real man(s) man. pic.twitter.com/WNDdJjJsvE
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) January 6, 2022
Former NXT Champion Johnny Gargano also paid tribute to Regal following the news of his release.
The report comes after it was confirmed that Road Dogg, who had been working at the WWE Performance Center had also been released.