With William Regal seemingly heading back to WWE, there has been a clamour to find out just what went wrong in AEW. After all, the star had been with the company for less than nine months.
With the rumour mill in full swing, EC3 claimed that he has heard that Regal “immediately regretted” his decision to join All Elite Wrestling, claiming there was a maturity issue with management. There have also been suggestions that Regal’s advice wasn’t always appreciated by those within the company.
Brian Pillman Jr. Hits Back At Criticism Of William Regal
In a series of tweets Busted Open Radio’s Justin LaBar noted that some within AEW felt that Regal’s advice was beneath them.
“So what I’m picking up is Regal done w/ AEW, back to WWE soon. Close w/ HHH but also his wisdom & coaching not appreciated/received the way you would think by some in AEW locker room who feel they have 6-figure multi year deals & Regal’s advice is behind times or beneath them.”
Brian Pillman Jr. quickly responded, commenting that the claims weren’t totally true.
“This is not entirely true. There are several of us, myself included, who spent multiple hours before TV working with Regal and learning from him. Should there have been more? Maybe, but he and Danielson always had a solid audience around the ring before TV.”
Brian, I'm glad you're speaking out because the biggest thing of what I said is "some." If you or any others were picking his brain…good on you and best of luck!
— Justin LaBar (@JustinLaBar) December 5, 2022
Yeah I wasn’t trying to argue just wanted to add some context.
— Brian Pillman Jr. (@FlyinBrianJr) December 5, 2022
As his in-ring career wound down William Regal moved into a backstage role with WWE, and became an integral part of NXT. As well as appearing as the on-screen General Manager, the British star played a key role in recruitment, and helped sign the likes of Sasha Banks, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and more. During this period, Regal formed a formidable team with Triple H, which built on their existing friendship which goes back decades.
With Triple H away from WWE, William Regal was released in January 2022 and debuted with AEW just two months later. There have long been suggestions that Regal would eventually return to WWE to work with Triple H now that he has become Chief Content Officer.