During an interview on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast, Old School WWF/WCW Veteran & current AEW Personality William Regal went into detail about his health issues.
This is a very long article, so we have broken it into parts. If you want to skip to certain part, then select one of the links below:
1. Having pericarditis, breaking his neck in 1993 during a match in WCW, doing a program with Jon Moxley – On this page itself
2. Tearing his bicep and pec, wrestling Daniel Bryan with an injury – Tap Here
3. Wrestling Cesaro with a bad neck, facing issues with his legs – Tap Here
4. What happened when he met a doctor – Tap Here
5. WWE paying for his expensive neck surgery – Tap Here
6. Facing more issues, sitting upright for 8 days straight and feeling insane pain – Tap Here
7. Losing 40% vision in his left eye and almost bleeding to death – Tap Here
8. Doctors telling him he has less than 6 months to live – Tap Here
9. Doctors almost cutting his leg to save his life – Tap Here
Below is the starting of the complete article (which will help you understand his whole situation better):
On having pericarditis:
“I went home two weeks before Christmas (in 2018). The last time my family was all together was 2018 for Christmas and I was in the hospital for 8 weeks.
I was given 24 hours to live. They were going to cut my leg off. This was January 4, 2019.
Since 1998, I have had pericarditis. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sack around your heart.
What it does is scar that sack so your heart can beat, but that sack can sort of lockdown, but because I always did all the squats, always breathing, and taking bumps in wrestling, it kept that from locking down and going solid, the skin has a skin around your heart.
I went to India, got really sick, and was out for a year. I had bouts on and off.”
On breaking his neck in 1993 during a match in WCW:
“I’ve been wrestling with a broken neck since 1993. There’s a match, the first time I won the WCW Television Title against Ricky Steamboat, and I was 25 years old. You can actually watch this.
The finish is me giving him a German Suplex. I land and you can see clear as day if you watch this right now, my head hits my neck, goes to the side and it goes crack.
All my arms went dead, and it was never right after that. It was never right, but it got better and went away.
What I used to get a lot was all this spasm in my left track and my neck would get stiff. I ended up having my neck done in 2004.”
On doing a program with Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose):
“In 2013, I had my last match. There were a few people close to me. Obviously, Bryan Danielson, and then I met Claudio, Cesaro. Along the way. I happen to meet Jon Moxley.
So by fortune, we were together at the right time and the right place and Dusty Rhodes went, ‘What about you two (Regal and Moxley) doing something together?’ and I was doing commentary on FCW.
So we ended up having, which is a lost little thing, but we had a one year program. If you actually put that story together, it’s probably the greatest thing I ever did as far as a story.”
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