William Regal is currently a big talking point amongst the wrestling world. After debuting at AEW Revolution a few weeks ago, Regal has aligned himself with Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson. While it's not very likely that the former Intercontinental Champion will ever wrestle again, he's now revealed some interesting details regarding the end of his in-ring career.
While appearing on Talk Is Jericho, Regal revealed that his WWE NXT match with Cesaro in 2013 was in fact not his last full match of his career.
"I had a match with Cesaro, someone I've known for a long time and think the world of. Got to put him over. That wasn't actually my last match because the following year, 2014, we went to Duabi to do a tryout and Sami Zayn came. At the end of it, pretty much everybody there, none of them had seen pro wrestling. At the end of this tryout, I thought, 'lets give them a flavor.' I felt a bit froggy. Sami Zayn was there because he speaks Arabic. I've always gotten very on with Sami from when I first met him in Toronto and he came as an extra. He didn't have his mask on, but I knew who he was. He was with Bryan. I'm happy for younger talent that always does well, I was never the old miserable (guy). I might put somebody in their place every now and again if I think they are getting above themselves. Like, 'Get a grip' a little bit. I wish sometimes, once I got to a certain age, I wish people had done that to me. I needed it. Nobody would do it. I had a match with Sami. That was actually my last match, in Dubai in front of about 30 people at the tryout."
Regal also talked in length on the podcast about the in-ring product in NXT. You can read about that by clicking here.
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