William Regal has lavished praise on fellow AEW star and Blackpool Combat Club colleague Bryan Danielson, calling him the perfect wrestler.
Regal stunned the wrestling world when he debuted for AEW at their Revolution pay-per-view following the bloody battle between Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley. Greeting both shocked stars with vicious slaps, Regal forced the pair to shake hands and at that moment, the Blackpool Combat Club was born.
Speaking to the Daily Star, William Regal discussed his relationship with Bryan Danielson and says he’s like another son to him:
“He’s like my fourth son isn’t he really? His whole mission was to be what we set out to be a great wrestler. And he’s done it. When I say he is the perfect wrestler, he is the perfect wrestler and he’s proved it.”
“He was brought into WWE, and forget the NXT thing, he was brought because they knew he was the person who could come in and have 12 and 15-minute wrestling matches and wrestle anybody. They thought that’s all he could do – and that’s an incredible role to be trusted with – but everything else was a plus.”
Regal also discussed a match he had with Danielson back in WWE on Superstars, one he says opened Vince McMahon’s eyes to what Danielson could really do:
“We came [back] from that match and Mr. McMahon was right there, and I had no idea he even watched Superstars! He shook our hands and Bryan, who’d carried me through that match walked away. Vince said to me – because for whatever reason people in England liked me – ‘he’s gonna make a great villain this kid.’”
“He already knew how good Bryan was but if you look, it was right after that he started putting him into all that stuff with Kane and all of that. He’s the living proof of a motto I tell a lot of people: make it work for you. No matter what he was given, he made it work.”
As far as the stories about McMahon and WWE trying to hold back Danielson go, they don’t wash with William Regal. Regal says if the company never wanted Danielson to headline WrestleMania 30 then he wouldn’t have:
“If you want to buy into that nonsense myth that people like to put out there – because it sounds like a good story – that he was held down in WWE, you are absolutely living in fairyland. If they didn’t want him to main event WrestleMania, he wouldn’t have main evented WrestleMania.”
“The boss knew he had something special on his hands and he didn’t care about the narrative, he was going to see if he got there, and every test he gave him, he got there.”
William Regal will be at ringside at Double Or Nothing when Danielson teams with Jon Moxley, Santana, Ortiz, and Eddie Kingston to face The Jericho Appreciation Society.