William Regal has revealed that it was his fellow AEW rogue Jon Moxley that was responsible for coming up with the Blackpool Combat Club name.
William Regal took the wrestling world by surprise when he made his AEW debut at Revolution following the bloody brawl between Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley. Giving both men a dry slap, Regal appeared to unite the pair, putting the rest of the AEW locker room on notice.
Before long, the trio became known as the Blackpool Combat Club, as an homage to Regal’s hometown in the northwest of England. Since then, the group have added Ring Of Honor Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta to their ranks and have looked unstoppable.
Speaking to Chris Mueller of B/R, William Regal divulged how it was Jon Moxley that came up with the group’s catchy name:
“So the name, the Blackpool Combat Club, it was Jon’s idea. I was like ‘you sure you want to call it that?’ ‘Yeah! It sounds good.’ Then we have, I’m not going to give that away because it’s somewhat obvious because of the origins of where I started and where I used to live. So this thing started, and again, you may understand it more than me, because it’s gone by so quickly for me. I’m turning up and doing it. But it’s still not sinking in, it just seems to be working.”
“So I’m going out and doing my bit, they’re doing a great job with their bit. Wheeler was mentioned, and he came on board. And then we’re at as of this moment. So that’s how it’s all worked out. And we’ve done some (great things). We all get on great together. We just seem to work.”
On AEW Dynamite on Long Island, NY, The Jericho Appreciation Society found out firsthand how dangerous the Blackpool Combat Club could be after the group joined forces with Eddie Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz to hand out some retribution to the group. William Regal even got in on the action delivering a knockout punch to Chris Jericho, a man who famously once urinated in Regal’s tea.