Blackpool Combat Club member Claudio Castagnoli has commented on William Regal’s status with AEW amidst reports Regal is returning to WWE.
Regal was the coach of the Blackpool Combat Club in AEW, which was made up of Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley and Wheeler Yuta.
At Full Gear on November 19, Regal betrayed Moxley and cost him the AEW World Championship against MJF.
However, just over a week later, MJF attacked Regal, which was seemingly how Regal was written out of AEW to make way for his departure.
Speaking with the Dallas Morning News, Castagnoli addressed the situation, saying:
“I mean, I guess we have to… we have to wait and see. You know, we’re still talking, I think we have to have a little group meeting to figure out what’s next, or if there’s a next. So yeah, I’ll leave it at that.”
It’s believed Regal’s AEW deal expires this month and he’ll be back with WWE, working in a backstage role, in the new year.
Castagnoli also spoke about Regal’s influence on himself personally, saying:
“I never stop learning from him. He’s the reason I got into WWE in the first place back in 2011, and he was one of the reasons why I really, you know, felt at home when I got to AEW because he was there.
“I was also the man who ended his career. So, I feel like there’s that connection there. There’s that respect. If you share the ring with somebody, there has to be a connection, especially when it’s somebody like William Regal.
“And I always learn from him, just the fact to be around him as much as I have been in the last couple of months in AEW, and to be around him not just in the back but also in front of the camera, it’s been emotional.”
It’s been said that one of the reasons for Regal’s AEW departure was that his advice wasn’t being appreciated by the roster.
CM Punk also made the point during his post-All Out media scrum that there are so many veterans in the AEW locker room with valuable experience and knowledge, yet so many talents who don’t listen to their advice because they think they’re already stars.
Before Regal joined AEW, he worked for WWE in NXT as a scout and coach, where it was literally the talents’ job to listen to his advice, so that may be where he ends up again when he goes back.
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