William Regal explains why WWE wouldn’t sign Rush
When WWE made the decision to come out Guillaume Regal of his contract due to “budget cuts”, it looked like a mistake.
While he hadn’t been an in-ring performer in, oh, almost a decade, being “retired” by his former pupal, Claudio “Don’t Call Him-Cesaro” Castagnoli, Regal was an NXT staple in as an in-universe authority figure and behind-the-scenes talent evaluator who has helped bring more than a few of your favorite artists into the business and helped hone the craft of many others.
Free to go where he pleases, Regal moved to AEW at the behest of Tony Khan and quickly helped reshape some of the promotion’s top guys in his image, unifying Jon Moxley and Brian Danielson into a killer one-two combo. , elevating Wheeler Yuta from a member of Best Friends to a pure champion in his own right – literally – and even bringing his latest in-ring nemesis, Castagnoli, into the fray as a new member of the team. Regal has been money on the commentary microphone, money as a manager and money in the ring too, shouting blood and guts in a way that would make even the most brand-loyal, longtime NXT fan smile.
Regal is surely a man with story after story after story to tell about what he saw in specific stars and why certain artists fell through the cracks in his scouting process, including a very interesting nugget on the opponent of interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, Rush, whom he dropped on the wrestling world while commentating on the opening match of Fight for the dead.
The #AEW Interim World Champion #BlackpoolCombatClubJon Moxley is here in Worcester, MA, and William Regal joins the commentary desk! look #AEWDynamite #FightForTheFallen Live of @TBS Network right now! pic.twitter.com/tcmwIpXmAI
– All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 28, 2022
Rush was reportedly rejected by WWE brass.
Rush has been a professional wrestler for 14 years. He’s wrestled in over 1,400 matches, according to Cagematch, including fights against many of the best players in the world today, and at 33, he’s surely seen his contract come back more than once on his journey. around the independent world. wrestling world. He has signed contracts with CMLL, Ring of Honor, and now a deal per appearance with AEW and also starred in many other top promotions around the world, from stints in NJPW to Lucha Libre AAA and seemingly every other indie promotion Mexico has to offer.
And yet, the one company that has always eluded Rush has been WWE.
But why? His colleague La Faccion Ungovernable The La Sombra member signed with the promotion in 2015 before being repackaged as Andrade, as did other artists he wrestled like AJ Styles. Heck, according to Dave Meltzer, there was a time when WWE was interested in Rush just three years ago but for some reason didn’t pull the trigger. Here’s what he had to say about an episode of The Observer dictated by Wrestletalk.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Rush when his contract expires here at the end of the year. The two key points are that Andrade, who wasn’t happy in NXT and WWE for a long time when he wasn’t not used, is happy now, has a good relationship with Charlotte Flair, gets a boost and earns money, so the attitude of being negative towards his good friend about him coming in has changed. obviously wanted Rush for a while, but the second issue is that he is still under contract with CMLL until early 2021.”
Seriously, what does it give? Rush’s contract with Ring of Honor was terminated late last year, and his CMLL contract is also said to have expired; Was the promotion scared off by his relationship with Andrade? Or maybe they just didn’t like his age, because he turns 34 in September.
Well, according to William Regal’s comment during the opening title match on AEW Fight for the deadthe man who probably scouted the Toro Blanco blurted out that his former company felt Rush was “too violent” for WWE’s liking and was therefore routinely ignored in favor of more, uh, performers appropriate who will do things the WWE way, instead of the way one learns things as a Certified Road Warrior through all the major promotions the world has to offer.
Box: How can you watch the Rush match on Death before dishonor with his brother Dragon Lee and you don’t want to sign him to a long-term contract? He’s an incredible performer who has it.
Rush doesn’t give a fuck! Murder of his brother Dragon Lee during last night’s ROH Death Before Dishonor (23.07.2022) pic.twitter.com/x9LTBxkKG3
– Dark puroresu flow (@PuroresuFlow) July 24, 2022
Now granted, maybe it was Kayfabe; maybe William Regal came out in the ring with a piece of paper with this line written on it and just waited for the right moment to pull the trigger. But the man formerly known as King Regal is just too good to write his lines like that. No, it felt like a real adlib by a man who forgot more about wrestling than most will ever learn, and fans are better off learning that.