In an interview with Chris Mueller of B / R, William Regal spoke about coming to AEW, and from whom he received the invitation. “Bryan gave me a call about … it might’ve been three weeks before I debuted,” Regal said, as quoted by wrestlinginc.
“He said, ‘Could you talk to Tony? Please, would you like to come here? We have this idea.’ And I was like, ‘That sounds like a lot of fun.’ And then I talked to Tony and it all sounded like a lot of fun.
I’d be coming in as talent, to be me and to be with Bryan because we’ve got such a long history together. Then I started watching the show because when I was let go by WWE, I checked out of wrestling completely.
“It might’ve only been six weeks, but when I said I checked out, I checked out because all I’ve ever done is wrestling. The only times I haven’t done it is when I’ve been ill. So it was like, ‘It’s not my job anymore.
I’ll have a complete break from it and not think about it, except for stuff that I like’, which is watching old British wrestling with my son, who lives in England and that’s what he does now. We watched some old British stuff and some old Japanese stuff, and that was it.
I was checked out.
Bryan and Regal
“So I started watching the show, and then I saw Bryan and his stuff going on with him and Jon, which looked to me like they were going to be together. Then I spoke to Bryan again, and he said ‘Yes, this is the idea.’ So I said, ‘Thank you.
Great.’ So I turn up and just do my thing. I didn’t know what I was doing until maybe 15 minutes before we did it. I got to the building at 7:15 or something that night. It was clear to Regal what was expected of him.
“I was in the room, and finally, Jon and Bryan came in and said, ‘Right, here we go. This is it.’ And I’m like, ‘What, this is it?’ ‘Yup, this is it. We’re going out to have a match in a little bit, then you come out and react.’ And that’s exactly what we did.
I just went out and reacted. They gave me an idea of where they wanted to go. The next thing, I’m just sort of having notes because I don’t feel like I’m in a position to say anything. I’ve mentioned the two things in the last few weeks, but I’m just like, ‘What do you need? Point and click? Right, I’ll just go and do my bit and react. And let’s see where it goes.' ”