|Regal and Me at Wrestlemania 24 in Orlando|
Apparently, this statement made overseas is what's spawning the speculation. This info comes from The Sun: "Maybe this is my last tour — so thank you very much." As some fans booed the mention of retirement, William added: "No no no, believe me this was the way I wanted to end it all. Thank you."
Regal is only 42. And in wrestling, does anyone ever really retire? Heck, Ricky Steamboat came back after a 15 year absence so anything is possible.
Regal has been involved in wrestling for more than 27 years. He spent a great deal of his career in WCW and WWE. Never won the world title but he was the WCW TV champion, and held the WWE Intercontinental, European, Hardcore, and world tag team titles. Most recently, he was crowned King of the Ring in 2008.
Regal has certainly done a lot over the years. He had some really great matches with Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero among others. Regal is also pretty good on the stick. He served as Raw's General Manager and was apparently the first person to join Vince McMahon's Kiss My Ass Club.
Besides his work in the ring, I was a fan of his work outside of it too. I thought he made an excellent manager when he was leading Vladamir Koslov and Ezkiel Jackson around. Hopefully, Regal will resume his role as a manager for someone. That would be great to see the trend of the heel manager return. But that's a conversation for another day.
As you can see from the picture above, I got to meet Regal before Wrestlemania 24 in Orlando. He was doing one of the meet and greet autograph sessions. Seemed like a nice guy, but they herd fans in to those things like cattle, so there's no way to really know for sure. Quick hand shake, sign the book, pose for a picture, and say something that doesn't sound too markish. That's how those things go down.
So if this is the end of Regal's career, I salute him. He has accomplished a lot and I think has more to offer the business as an agent. Hopefully we haven't really seen the last of the Brit.