William Regal

  • Born: 05/10/1968 in Codsall, Staffordshire, England
  • Birthname: Darren Kenneth Matthews
  • Height & Weight: 6'3", 243 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWF World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Lance Storm (2), Eugene (1) and Tajiri (1)
  • WWF Hardcore Championship (5 times)
  • WWF/E European Championship (4 times)
  • WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
  • King of the Ring (2008)
  • WCW World Television Championship (4 times)

Trained by Marty Jones, Matthews started his career in 1983, at the age of 15. His first matches took place at a rare surviving wrestling carnival booth at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. He went on to wrestle for national-level promotions on the UK wrestling circuit, and wrestled on television for ITV.

He then progressed to touring around the world until 1993, when he was signed to World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he took the ring name Steven Regal and became a four-time World Television Champion. In 2000, Matthews joined the World Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE), where he became a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a five-time Hardcore Champion, a four-time European Champion, a four-time World Tag Team Champion, and the 2008 King of the Ring.

He also had stints as the on-screen commissioner, the General Manager of the Raw brand, and the official match coordinator for the 2011 season of the original NXT. As NXT became WWE’s developmental brand the following year, he appeared as the on-screen General Manager and served as WWE’s Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting from 2018 until his release in 2022. He would later sign with AEW.

Wrestlers trained: CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Johnny Gargano, Matt Cross, Brian Kendrick, Chris Hero, Skye, Bobcat, Samoa Joe, Reckless Youth.

Notable Feuds

vs. Edge

vs. Finlay

vs. CM Punk

vs. Christian

Notable Matches

vs. Chris Benoit at Mercy 2006

vs. Goldberg on Nitro, September 2nd 1998

vs. Steamboat at Fall Brawl 1993

vs. Christian on (WWE) ECW, October 11th 2009