Tony Khan has confirmed William Regal will have a big role in AEW after the Brit made a sensational debut for the company at Revolution.
The Brit was let go by WWE at the start of the year after decades with the company.
His departure was a surprise for many fans and there was quickly a clamour for Tony Khan’s company to snap up the hugely knowledgeable veteran.
They got their wish at Revolution on Sunday night as Regal appeared to a huge reception at the end of the clash between Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley.
Moxley had just pinned Danielson to end a back-in-forth encounter, one clearly set up what will likely be a series of matches between the two top stars in the months and years to come.
Danielson took exception to the end of the match and a brawl quickly followed – Regal then striding down to the ring to pull them apart and restore order.
Having played a huge role in the careers of both men, he gave each of them a stiff slap before forcing them to shake hands, much to the pleasure of the live crowd.
The commentary team teased that the two might even team up together, with Regals surely to play a part moving forward after boss Khan confirmed the deal to bring the British start to AEW.
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“I think he can contribute on screen in a major way to both Bryan Danielson and also he has a history with Jon Moxley,” Khan explained at a post-show media scrum.
“Behind the scenes, I think Lord Regal can teach all of us a lot and it’s gonna be great to have him here on-screen and off-screen and I’m very excited.
"It came together very recently, and it fits very well with what we’re doing here in AEW all around.”
Regal first debuted in WWE in the late 1990s before returning for a second spell.
All told, he spent over 20 years in Vince McMahon’s company, wrestling with distinction and winning 15 championships including two runs as Intercontinental champ.
Chiefly working alongside Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque in NXT in later years, Regal was an on-screen General manager, coach and scout, credited with the signing of some top stars including multi-time champ Sasha Banks.
Of his departure from WWE, Khan added: "I was very surprised to see that he had been released and was going to be available. I have tons of respect for his mind, and I think he's going to be a very valuable person here in AEW."
AEW Revolution also saw Hangman Adam Page defeat Adam Cole to extend his reign as the AEW World Champion, while CM Punk overcame MJF with a little help from Wardlow.
Dr Britt Baker remains AEW Women’s World Champion after defeating Thunder Rosa to retain her gold, with Eddie Kingston coming out on top against veteran Chris Jericho.
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