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William Regal has admitted his delight at working with Bryan Danielson again in AEW – claiming the former WWE Champion is like his "fourth son".
Danielson, formerly Daniel Bryan in Vince McMahon’s organisation, has always been close to Regal and the two have done battle across the globe.
They’re paired once again in Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling as part of the hard-hitting Blackpool Combat Club.
Being able to be at such close quarters with the 41-year-old is clearly a major thrill for the British veteran, who spoke to Daily Star this week ahead of Saturday’s Double or Nothing event in Las Vegas.
“He’s like my fourth son isn’t he really?” said Regal, of the hugely talented and respected Danielson.
“His whole mission was to be what we set out to be a – a great wrestler. And he’s done it.
“When I say he is the perfect wrestler, he is the perfect wrestler and he’s proved it.
“He was brought into WWE, and forget the NXT thing, he was brought because they knew he was the person who could come in and have 12 and 15-minute wrestling matches and wrestle anybody.
“They thought that’s all he could do – and that’s an incredible role to be trusted with – but everything else was a plus.”
Regal shared a story from the duo's time in WWE that demonstrated just how highly McMahon rated Danielson.
It came more than a decade ago when the two tangled in a match taped for the relatively lesser lights of WWE Superstars in Liverpool.
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Though Danielson was noted as a key in-ring technician, Regal says many doubted just how good he was at wrestling’s other fine arts – from entertaining to playing the villain.
Their clash in the UK helped dispel those myths, with Danielson spoiling Regal’s homecoming by making him tap out in front of an arena full of his compatriots.
The Blackpool native – who was seriously injured prior to the day of the match – said: “We came [back] from that match and Mr McMahon was right there, and I had no idea he even watched Superstars!
“He shook our hands and Bryan, who'd carried me through that match walked away. Vince said to me – because for whatever reason people in England liked me – ‘he’s gonna make a great villain this kid.’
“He already knew how good Bryan was but if you look, it was right after that he started putting him into all that stuff with Kane and all of that.
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“He’s the living proof of a motto I tell a lot of people: make it work for you. No matter what he was given, he made it work.”
Danielson’s incredible athletic ability, ability on the microphone and immense popularity saw him firmly established as a popular figure in WWE, just as he is now in AEW.
Indeed, Regal has no time for any notion to the contrary that claims McMahon’s organisation tried to hold the athlete back, saying: “If you want to buy into that nonsense myth that people like to put out there – because it sounds like a good story – that he was held was held down in WWE, you are absolutely living in fairly land.
“If they didn’t want him to main event WrestleMania, he wouldn’t have main evented WrestleMania.
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“The boss knew he had something special on his hands and he didn’t care about the narrative, he was going to see if he got there, and every test he gave him, he got there.”
Regal will be at Danielson’s side this weekend in Vegas as he and Jon Moxley join Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz to face The Chris Jericho Appreciation Society.
Asked about how happy he is to see his protégé back in the thrust of his career years after having to retire to injury, the 54-year-old beamed: “I’m happy if he’s happy. I’m exceptionally happy that he’s doing what he is now and that I can be a part of it.”
Fans in the UK and Ireland can watch AEW's Double or Nothing on Sunday night on FITE.
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