May 10 2018 marks the 50th birthday of one of the most timeless and versatile performers that the professional wrestling business has ever known, William Regal. Through more than three decades in the professional wrestling business, the real-life Darren Matthews has seen and done it all, from making his bones as a carnival shooter in his youth, to entertaining large crowds on the global scale, to mentoring tomorrow’s crop of stars with his many years of acquired wisdom.
The man behind the William Regal characterization has time and time again demonstrated the capacity for entertaining on multiple fronts. In his natural state as a conniving heel, Regal could blend the iciness of a James Bond villain with Peter Sellers-esque deadpan silliness. In the instances that Regal was a babyface, Regal displayed a similarly deft touch that could trigger empathy and elation. In non-wrestling roles of either alignment, Regal’s verbal command was delivered just as powerfully as even his hardest strikes.
In honour of William Regal’s 50th birthday, we here at Cultaholic would like to look back at his finest on-air contributions to the WWE product. Some are humorous, while others are a tribute to his genuine talents as a ring general. It is most fitting that a list commemorating some of William Regal’s finest moments could have such diverse range, since the subject of the list is as diverse a talent as there ever has been.
10. Regal, Regal, Yeah Yeah
Leave it to Regal to liven up what was, to be honest, not one of the greatest SummerSlams in the event’s chronology. The 2007 SummerSlam took place in the midst of the regrettable Vince McMahon paternity storyline, in which various in-ring talents raised the possibility that perhaps they were the one sired as a result of some lurid McThrusting.
The threading mystery led to a backstage skit at SummerSlam with McMahon in the company of Regal, Jonathan Coachman, and Theodore Long, when Shad and JTG of Cryme Tyme added their names to the ‘suspect’ list. This led to a rather random dance circle that Regal comically joined in on while wearing JTG’s New York Yankees baseball cap. The look of bug-eyed horror on McMahon’s face as soon as Regal takes to grinning and shuffling combined to create the highlight of the night.