After the AEW Revolution’s media conference, Tony Khan spoke about William Regal’s surprise appearance. Former NXT General Manager appeared following Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson’s match. He asked the pair to shake hands when the company made it clear that he is now Al Elite.
Tony Khan admitted he was shocked to hear that William Regal was Released. But, he believes Regal is a crucial player in Danielson’s professional career and is a person Khan appreciates. He believes that the wrestling veteran will assist both on and off-screen.
“Well, I was very surprised to see 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. Honestly, I think people who followed his career closely know that he has a very long-established connection with Bryan Danielson. And was instrumental in shaping the pro wrestler that Bryan Danielson has become,”
He added, I think he’s also one of the best professional wrestlers ever, I genuinely believe. I believe that Lord Regal made a significant contribution to this.
“So I think when he was released I was first of all very surprised. But also eager to bring him here. I think he can contribute on-screen in a major way to both Bryan Danielson, and also he has a history with Jon Moxley. I think some of the last matches we saw Lord Regal wrestle were against Jon Moxley. They had a great rivalry also, so he’s very familiar with both men. They both have a ton of respect for him, and I think we saw after the violence and the way that they bled together tonight, they have built a lot of mutual respect now with each other. So, I think that’s very exciting.
Also, behind the scenes, I am really excited to have him here. I think Lord Regal can teach all of us, everyone, here a lot. It’s going to be great having him here, and I am very excited on-screen and off-screen. It came together very recently. It fits very well I think with what we are doing here in AEW all around.
William Regal was not the only one to appear at the PPV. Another ex- WWE employee joined the organization as Shane Strickland signed his contract during the event. Tony Khan was also shocked by the news of his departure. But he’s thrilled to be as a player, and he said that there’s a ton of potential opponents for him.
Well, I think I have a lot of ideas coming out of the PPV you always have to look at where the injury toll is. I am going to check. It was a very hard-hitting PPV so I don’t want to speak for anybody until I get their medical status. But there’s a lot of great opponents in AEW for him and a lot of them went through crazy matches tonight. We will see who is available on the roster.
But I know that there’s big matches and dream matches involving Swerve. And I am very excited that he made his first appearance in AEW tonight at Revolution.
I thought that I wanted to have, in addition to Lord Regal coming after the Danielson – Moxley match, I wanted to debut a star who I think will be great for us for the future. That’s Swerve. Again, somebody else that I was very surprised would be released because he had done very well I think in the matches and segments I had seen.
He was someone that I had really liked, so I was looking to snap him up, and I thought Revolution was such a great night of great matches would be a great stage for him to come out and I think it was a very high profile debut. Again, he’s a great wrestler and now we have that many more dream matches here in AEW.