William Regal, a renowned figure in professional wrestling, is set to make a return to television following his departure from All Elite Wrestling (AEW) last year. Reports from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter indicate that Regal's non-compete clause is nearing its conclusion, paving the way for his anticipated television appearances.
Regal, who has held the WWE Intercontinental Championship among other accolades, last graced the screens during the November 30, 2022, episode of "AEW Dynamite." That eventful night saw the AEW World Champion MJF betray and attack Regal, marking a dramatic exit for the veteran wrestler.
Regal's WWE Role Speculated
Since his return to WWE, Regal has been contributing as the Vice President of Global Talent Development. His role, primarily off-screen, involves nurturing and guiding emerging talents. Dave Meltzer, a noted journalist from the Observer, speculates that while Regal might make occasional cameo appearances for WWE, a full-time return to television seems unlikely.
Meltzer reasons that WWE’s decision to appoint Nick Aldis as the General Manager of "WWE SmackDown" hints at different plans for Regal's on-screen role. He also discusses the comparison between Shawn Michaels, the current authority figure of "NXT," and Regal, acknowledging Michaels' more prominent name recognition despite Regal's esteemed status in the industry.
Regal's move to WWE last year sparked comments from AEW CEO Tony Khan during the ROH Final Battle pre-show media scrum. Khan confirmed that Regal’s agreement with WWE restricts him to behind-the-scenes roles throughout 2023.
This limitation followed a moment of contention when Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE's Chief Content Officer, shared throwback clips of Regal uttering "WarGames!" on social media in the lead-up to the 2022 WWE Survivor Series: WarGames event.
This move by Triple H was not well-received by Khan, highlighting the competitive dynamics between WWE and AEW. As Regal's non-compete clause concludes, the wrestling world eagerly anticipates his next move. Whether in a managerial capacity or an authority figure, Regal's return to television is expected to add a compelling layer to WWE's storytelling and talent development.
His storied career and deep understanding of the wrestling industry make him a valuable asset, wherever he appears on the wrestling landscape.