The Blackpool Combat Club may be the hottest stable in pro wrestling currently and a large part of that is William Regal’s Blackpool roots. However, he was not the one to name the Blackpool Combat Club.
Many would assume that William Regal would be the one who named the faction however in an interview with the Blackpool Gazette, Regal revealed who christened the faction:
“I would love to claim it was my idea, but it wasn’t. It was Jon Moxley’s idea. I was initially planning to take a year off, I wasn’t going to do anything because I haven’t done anything other than wrestling for the last 39 years. All of a sudden, I heard Jon’s name was involved which piqued my interest even more and it’s ended up how it’s ended up. “
“Straight away there was a chemistry there because in real life there’s a chemistry there. People know a lot about me and Bryan but they might not know as much about me and Jon but these are stories we can tell over time. Jon came up to me and said he’s got a great idea for a name, because he had come up with different Blackpool things. “
“I told him it’s not about me, it’s about the two of them, I’m just a spare part here and riding on your coattails. But he insisted we called it this. That meant a lot because Blackpool has given me everything good in my life and I’ve done everything I can do to make sure that, regardless of where I went, I was always billed from Blackpool. “
“I didn’t think it would go any further than that conversation but then we get to television last week and he showed me his phone and he’s got these designs for different stuff. I replied ‘oh, are we actually going to do this then? This is a thing?’ We went out that night and I had no idea he was going to say it on TV, but he said it and the next morning there are t-shirts out, so I ran with it.”
“When you get an opportunity, you run with it. So that was how it happened.”William Regal to The Blackpool Gazette
It is nice to see Regal opening up more about the development of his role in AEW. As he mentions, he was scheduled to take a lengthy break from the world of professional wrestling. Most fans would agree that we are all thankful Regal did not step away from wrestling.
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