William Regal Recalls Uncomfortable Moment With US Police Officer That Left Him Shaking
William Regal found himself in an uncomfortable situation with a Florida police officer not long after his arrival in the US
William Regal discussed his time working as a heel in WCW in 1994 on the latest episode of his Gentleman Villain podcast, recalling a scary incident when he attempted to generate heat following a non-televised match with Larry Zbyszko.
Regal had successfully defended his WCW Television Title against the Living Legend in Jacksonville, Florida on July 30, 1994, when his post-match antics almost backfired in the most spectacular of ways.
"I wrestled Larry Zbyszko in the old coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida one night when I was doing the thing with him in '94 and me being only 26, just turned 26 and all about getting heat, it used to be, you had to go up onto a stage, like on some steps onto a stage and then off the side of the stage into the dressing rooms. On the wall at the back of the stage, there's a huge American flag.
"Me, I've just beat Larry Zbyszko and people are booing and booing and booing and it's all that in the days when it was easy to - it was, 'USA, USA, USA'. Me not thinking and not knowing any better really because I'm 26 and...you know, I've been travelling the world for four years and not really noticed anything that was going on in the world. Never knowing American history. I wasn't taught American history in school. I was taught English history [Regal chuckled]. I grabbed and was about to pull this - I don't know how big it was but it was huge - a big American flag off the thing and I'm looking at the crowd to my right.
"As I looked to the left, I just felt a tap on my forehead. From the side of the stage, there was a Jacksonville police officer stood and as I turned my head, there was a gun in my forehead and he said, 'I suggest you don't do that sir' and I went, 'I think you're right officer' and I just walked off the other side and completely went out of character. I was just like, boom, with a gun pointed to my forehead.
"This isn't the first time I've told this so I'm not making this up, right? And I doubt anybody could remember that back then. Maybe somebody but, and I walked off the other side. Luckily, there was like two lots of steps. I went, oof, and had that in my head. The gun was pointed in my head and he said, 'I suggest you don't do that sir' and I walked off the stage and went down the steps and again, people think I'm a tough guy, and people have seen me do things at certain times and we can tell stories about that. I went down the stairs, found a quiet spot and I was shaking because I've seen a lot of things in my time but I'd never - Revolver stuck right in me head and a cocked Revolver...It was all about getting as much hatred as possible".
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