William Regal was released by the WWE on Wednesday as part of the company’s latest wave of firings, which centered around staff members of the WWE Performance Center. Regal had been with the company since 2000 and was decorated as a four-time tag team champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, Hardcore Champion, European Champion and King of the Ring. But in 2014 he began transitioning to a backstage role, working as NXT’s general manager on-camera and Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting. While he rejected stepping down as Gm multiple times in 2021, he stopped appearing on NXT programming following its 2.0 reboot in September.
Regal was beloved by fans and wrestlers alike for his time in NXT both on-camera and backstage. Fans quickly took to Twitter after the news dropped to voice their outrage and pay their respects to the British star, and you can see some of the best reactions below:
From Johnny Wrestling
If it wasn’t for William Regal a lot of your favorite guys wouldn’t be on television. He got so many of us “indie guys” an opportunity. He will never take credit for that, but he deserves his flowers for helping and molding this generation of wrestlers. ThankYouRegal pic.twitter.com/ib8GFIHHzE
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) January 5, 2022
We Smell Money
William Regal needs to treat this sacking as an opportunity and start doing a podcast with Conrad Thompson where he talks about 70s and 80s British comedians
— Major Charles Innocent (@JoeStephenson96) January 5, 2022
What Should Have Been
How can you not have a place for William Regal. Should’ve had that gig for life. https://t.co/3XFhuBLQCC
— Evan (@EvanMcFarlane) January 5, 2022
William regal is invaluable when it comes to knowledge in professional wrestling.
The key words I keep thinking about are “professional wrestling”.
— JONAH (@JONAHISHERE) January 5, 2022
If Tony Khan is as smart as we all think he is, he’ll be contacting William Regal by the end of the week.
He’s just as valuable to AEW, if not even more so, than almost all of the free agents out there.
— Louis Dangoor (@TheLouisDangoor) January 5, 2022
If William Regal shows up in AEW and just so he can shout “BLOOD AND GUTS” that would be fine by me.
— Fiending For Followers !! (@Fiend4FolIows) January 5, 2022
William Regal is absolutely one of the best. Fantastic in-ring career and a very important figure in the formation of many of the current superstars as well as the PC. You’re going to see a lot of people posting appreciation to him in the next 24 hours and he deserves it all. pic.twitter.com/nBTZADvNA0
— Peacockery (@PeacockeryNews) January 5, 2022
NXT 2014-2019 was as great a wrestling product as you could ever wish to watch. William Regal was an integral part of all that success. He is a genius, whether that’s as a wrestler, an on screen character, a trainer, a scout, you name it
William Regal forever ??? pic.twitter.com/jn48D84ycb
— Wrestling Travel (@WrestlingTravel) January 5, 2022