Dave Taylor Talks About William Regal’s Past Demons

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Former WCW and WWE star Dave Taylor recently appeared on the Inside The Ropes podcast and spoke about his time in
WCW, wrestling for WWE at 49 years old, becoming a trainer at NXT, drug issues
people had in WCW and much more. Below are some highlights of what Taylor said
about William Regal and the drug culture in WCW:

“[William] Regal came here (US) in 1992 or 93,” Taylor said. “Then I came
across to visit him and did my first show which was World War 3 in 95. He’d
called me and said they’re wanting guys to come over and they’ll pay for your
ticket and everything, no problem and put you in World War 3. I said ‘Yeah I’ll
do it, no problem.’ So I came and I stayed with him. He’d had some injuries with
his knee and that, and he’d started taking pills and that sorta stuff. I saw
that side of him. There’s nothing you can do about it. There’s nothing I could
say. Guys always have an excuse, who are doing that sorta thing. Then I came
back home and the year after I came back to live here and he’d got really bad.
I’m surprised he didn’t die. But he got through it all. I’ve seen some bad
things with him. It wasn’t just him then.

There were a lot of guys, a lot. A lot of them have passed away. The guys who
were into what people call ‘the demons.’ They’d all say that they got injured
and started taking pain pills and it started from there. When I got injured, I
wouldn’t take pain pills or anything like that. Neither did Finlay. Me and
Finlay were pretty much the only guys in WCW that never took a drug of any kind.
I remember getting on a plane one morning and one of the guys passed me a box of
pills, 6 o’clock in the morning, and said, “Here you go, you and Finlay take
some of these and get yourself a nice little buzz.” I passed them back and said
“Nah you’re OK, we don’t do this s–t.” He asked what we do for the pain, I told
him we just suffer. They’re thinking, god they must be tough. But it’s not that
at all. It’s that you see what that stuff does and you think to yourself, ‘I
don’t wanna get involved in that s–t.”

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