William Regal is about to create a pro wrestling textbook on his new podcast, “The Gentleman Willian,” and this week, he offers a valuable lesson to talent. Regal took a moment to talk about his colleague, Jim Ross, who Regal says is portrayed in an unfair light when, in all actuality, Boomer Sooner is aiming to be active.
“He gets people who criticize him for calling him out because they say it’s not a good pin,” Regal says of his longtime colleague. “Well, he’s trying to help you, he’s not trying to hurt you. He’s trying to help you by saying, ‘You need to tighten your pins,’ or, ‘ It’s a lackluster armbar there.’ Maybe if you learn to do it well, he can talk about it and then finish you off.”
Regal knows to help talent because it was part of his job to work with WWE NXT, and notices a primary problem that is currently in all wrestling locker rooms.
“You’re talking about those feelings when I was a teenager, I sometimes feel like when I look around the building and I see people on their phones all day when you have better one day a week Happens to try to be,” Regal said. “I must be trying to get better. I’m asking or trying to learn something, right? You have plenty of time to chat with people or do something else on your other days that you do at work.” No. You should try to be better. I don’t care in any way, it’s totally up to you.
“My job, where I came from in NXT, I would politely go and talk to people like, ‘You might want to put a little more time into this, and then maybe you’ll be better at it than complaining about everything. ‘ Right? It’s not a fair job, so take everything out of it. Sometimes it works – no matter how good you are – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t It happens.”
Regal, like many legendary talents in the business, has been one to pay his dues, and he himself has always been a student of the sport, but has drawn in too many elements from outside wrestling to add to his appearance. Ring, at ringside, during the promo and behind the commentary booth.
“99% of us who have gotten anywhere in this job or have made a career out of it have taken a lot of time and hard work to figure it out. If you spend all your day messing around on your phone, you can ask people and learn [from] Guys, this is a problem for me. It is and it is not. This is one of those things that I had to lock in my mind,” he said. Regal is all about helping talents get better, but the two aspects he values more than anything is honesty and willingness to learn.
“I’m gonna say it out loud: Don’t ask me because you think you’ll have to ask, because I’ll see through you sooner than you want, and now that I’ve said it out loud, at my old job, it’s I had a job and I used to help everyone. If I think you’re asking me right now, ‘Better I go and pretend I’m asking,’ don’t waste my time because I’m someone like that. I want to help someone who cares,” he said.
Regal brings up an interesting moment when he was down in NXT and brings up an unnamed female wrestler who approached him and some familiar associates during the big time of transitioning to the Black & Gold brand.
“There was a point last year where one of the women who always ask questions and always try to be better, came to Samoa Joe and Fit Finlay, who were all [sitting] At a table, talking to each other. I looked around and he said, ‘Why don’t you go and instill some wisdom in someone,’ to the three of us and I said, ‘I don’t want to interrupt their call time.’ It’s all about your priorities that you are getting paid to be better at your job. Maybe you should be better at your job, not trying to read how good you are. Leave it on until you return to your room that night.
“I’m open-minded and I’m not like an old wrestler and I don’t want to go back to that, but you still have time to get there,” he said.
A lot of the talent at Regal’s Blackpool Combat Club lead by example when it comes to being on their phone. It is rare when you see Brian Danielson, Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli or even Wheeler Yuta active on social media.
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