William Regal has made comments that may be interpreted as a sneaky shot at former two-time AEW World Champion CM Punk.
Punk was stripped of his title following a backstage brawl following All Out 2022, which also involved his former trainer Ace Steel, and AEW EVPs Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks.
Punk famously refers to himself as the ‘Best in the World’, an accolade that a lot of today’s wrestlers strive to become. However, according to AEW’s William Regal, there is no such thing as the best wrestler in the world.
In an interview with Alistair McGeorge of British newspaper the Metro, Regal gave his thoughts on some wrestlers’ ambition to be the “best in the world”, and why he believes it’s not worth wrestlers fixating on.
“It’s not a knock on anybody trying to be the best wrestler in the world, I just don’t want them to eat their lives up, fixate on it. I’ve seen it put some of my friends in the grave. That’s not an exaggeration.
“Some of my friends have gone to the grave because they have been trying to live up to too much, because they put so much pressure on themselves to be somebody you can never be. There’s always gonna be at least one person will disagree – even if they don’t disagree – just to disagree. If you listen to too much of it, it’s gonna send you off the deep end.
“I’m gonna offend people if I say this because there’s no such thing – there never was, there never will be – as a best wrestler in the world, because it is subjective. If one person thinks you are not – I know there’s a lot of young lads at the moment wanna claim that and think that.
“I hope they’re not driving themselves mad with it. I have seen some of my friends drive themselves to the edge of not good things trying to be the best wrestler in the world, and unfortunately there’s always somebody who’s gonna critique you.
“Just be as good as you can be, because somebody is always gonna say you’re not what you are. It might offend you, and that headspace, it’ll take up time as you’re trying to get mad at them or worry about some non-entity saying that you aren’t the best. You could be working on actually getting better at being a wrestler.”
Punk is currently on the sidelines in AEW due to a suspension, as well as a tricep injury he suffered in his match with Jon Moxley at All Out. It is not yet known when – or indeed if – CM Punk will return to AEW television.
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