William Regal has revealed he and Kurt Angle should have gone on to have a programme together.
Whilst both William Regal and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle have had stellar careers and did share the ring with one another on occasions, a feud between the two legends was something that unfortunately never happened. However, Regal recently revealed a dream rivalry between Angle and himself very nearly did occur back in 2001.
“Well, I would have done it [burned the American flag] without the slightest hesitation. Anybody who knows me well enough knows that I would have done it, I would have been the one to hold it and I would have been the one who put the match to it, without the slightest hesitation.
I would, I don’t care, we could have been doing Tribute to the Troops and I would have done it. You know that’s one thing right? I don’t know if this is because Mr McMahon knows the kinds of things I would do, I never ever did a tribute to the troops, he would never ask me to do one. Because I think he knows I’ve got a bit of a wicked sense of humour, I don’t know, this could be just me hoping this is the case. This is why I was never once asked by him in 21 years.”
Regal continued, explaining he and Kurt Angle were due to work together if he had not suffered an injury:
“I did do the, two weeks after 9/11, I did a show for all the rescue workers’ families at Madison Square Garden which was an honour to do on this Sunday afternoon. And it was the one and only singles match of myself and Kurt Angle. And I remember then there was a lot of USA [chants] when I started going into it then. And it’s just me, there’s something in my brain that leaves a sensible part of Darren in the dressing room when it comes to getting heat, but it wasn’t really that kind of match and that was the one that I tore the hole in my bicep there.
I did something with Kurt and it went ping and tore my bicep and I believe we should have gone on to have a programme together, and I took two weeks off and I never got it fixed, and when I came back he’d moved on and when we only had a few little things in tags, so we never got to [wrestle a singles match again]. Believe me, if I’d got Kurt Angle, Olympic gold medalist and you put an Englishman who was not frightened, the quality of the wrestling would have been something else.
The amount of heat we could have got off that, with me willing to wrestle an Olympic gold medalist. It would have been a lot worse than me saying John Wayne was a draft dodger when I did in 94. And that getting a lot of heat with Dusty Rhodes, because he was, you know, a big John Wayne fan. I would, I would have gone full at it, I mean full at it if that if I’d have been given the opportunity.”
Whilst Regal has retired as an active wrestler, he is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he manages the Blackpool Combat Club stable. Two members of the faction, Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson, will face off in the finals of a tournament to crown a new AEW World Champion next Wednesday on the September 21st episode of Dynamite.
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