William Regal worked hard to become a mainstay of the pro wrestling world for well over three decades. He was the General Manager of NXT before getting fired by the company earlier this year right after the NXT: New Year’s Evil event.
He then made his debut at AEW Revolution as he formed a team with Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley after their intense match. William Regal recently spoke on Talk Is Jericho, where he recalled suffering a health crisis after a trip to Costa Rica with WWE, and that saw him fall an escalator, smashing his face, and suffering three weeks of amnesia. Regal then revealed that he ended up losing 40% of the vision within his eye, which is something he has yet to get back and is unlikely to ever get it back from what it seems.
“I get off the plane, I am feeling a bit dizzy, but not bad. And just so anybody knows, no drinking, no anything, before anybody might think. This is all things with my heart. As soon as you come off the plane, it’s like a rush of people trying to get down one escalator, you know how people just start pushing?
“I’ve got my roll-on, carry-on bag, and it’s on wheels. This is what I think happened. I just remember being on top of the escalator, this is one o’clock in the afternoon, I am going to watch a South American wrestling tournament for three days or something. I get off the plane, feel a bit not quite right, I go with the bag and all I can remember it felt like something caught the wheel on the rubber thing.
“Next thing I feel is, ‘smash,’ and that’s all I can remember. I fell forward, I fell down the escalator, luckily I hit the rubber rail. It completely shattered my left eye socket, knocked me out. Luckily, Ryan Katz heard the commotion and come and found me, because I had three weeks of amnesia after that, I have no idea what happened
I was in the hospital for a week in Costa Rica. And I shattered my eye socket, had three weeks of amnesia, and lost 40% vision in my left eye, which I still haven’t got. Everything is grey,” he added. “I can see, but it’s all grey. Head injury, finally they got me back home, and I was doing some pretty mental things, unfortunately, my wife had to go through.
“No clue what I was doing. I have no recollection of the next three weeks but doing some mental things. That three weeks in itself is a full show of insanity. Again, me nearly bleeding to death at one point, losing two pints of blood.”
Former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan rose to superstardom in 2014 thanks to his organic rise as a babyface. This culminated in him winning both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships at WrestleMania 30 after Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista in a triple threat match. Matt Riddle also dropped a huge Daniel Bryan bombshell.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes