Under the tutelage of Marty Jones, a kid by the name of Darren Matthews got his start in the squared circle in the mid-1980s. With a natural talent for the sport, it didn’t take him long to get on the radar of some pretty major wrestling promotions. By 1993, he’d sign a contract with WCW, bringing his ring name, Steve Regal (later changed to Lord Steven Regal), and his ring proficiency with him. He’d find moderate success there during his two stints — the first from ’93 to ’98, the second from ’99 to 2000 — as both a solo and tag team competitor, but it didn’t quite measure up to his WWF-WWE run.
Following a brief stint in the WWF from 1998 to 1999 as the “Real Man’s Man,” he returned in 2000 as William Regal. In the waning days of the WWF Attitude Era and into the Ruthless Aggression Era, he’d play a scheming, snobbish heel who found himself at odds with names like Chris Jericho, Triple H, and CM Punk, to name a few. He held several championships, win the King of the Ring tournament in 2008, and even became the general manager of “Raw” for a time. As his main roster career drew to a close in the early-2010s, he became a regular on “WWE NXT,” working with young talent behind-the-scenes and acting as an on-air authority figure.
It goes without saying that William Regal has done it all in professional wrestling, and despite retiring in 2013 in an incredible match against Antonio Cesaro, he’s not finished yet. As of this writing, he’s currently the mastermind behind AEW’s Blackpool Combat Club faction, featuring Bryan Danielson, Wheeler Yuta, Jon Moxley, and the former Cesaro, Claudio Castagnoli. Nevertheless, he’s a surefire WWE Hall of Fame inductee when the time is right.