William Regal has revealed that he was given just 24 hours to live in early 2019.
Throughout his career William Regal has always been open and honest about his various struggles both in and out of the ring. Even on AEW Dynamite debut, the British legend made reference to his past battle with addiction which almost cost him his life.
In the same promo, Regal also said that he was “not long for this world,” a statement which naturally led to concern from fans, given his well-documented heart problems.
Speaking during an appearance on Talk is Jericho, with fellow AEW star, Chris Jericho, Regal opened up about his most recent health issues. The former NXT General Manager explained that he went home for Christmas 2021, as his family hadn’t been together for two years. In fact the last time they were together, was when he was in hospital at the end of 2018, shortly after he was given just 24 hours to live.
“No, once I was released, I went home 2 weeks before Christmas. The reason being, which we might get to, the last time that my family were all together was 2018 for Christmas, and I was in hospital for 8 weeks. I insisted, I was given one point 24 hours to live. I had sepsis in my leg, they were going to cut my leg off. This was January 4th 2019. So I insisted on going home for Christmas, you know I have been through a lot. I had a hell of a year in 2018, keep me on track here. 2018, I had a lot of heart trouble different times, they keep [returning].
Regal continued by detailing how his heart problems go all of the way back to 1998, which eventually led to him being out of the ring for a year in 2003, after becoming ill on a tour of India the year before.
Since 1998 I got pericarditis, which is an inflammation of the sack around your heart. What it does is it scars that sack, your heart can beat but that sack can lock down. Although it didn’t look like I trained as hard as I did, I always did all the squats, always breathing and always taking bumps in wrestling, it kept that from going solid. There’s a skin around the heart. Well I went to India and I got really sick and I was off for a year, it came back a few months later and I got really sick.
William Regal was released by WWE on January 5th 2022, ending a more than two-decade association with the company. After disappearing from the wrestling world, Regal made a shock appearance at AEW Revolution on March 6th, where he confronted Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson.
On the following episode of Dynamite, Regal acted as manager for the pair as they set their sights on taking over AEW.
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