William Regal was recently interviewed by Metro and talked about scouting talent for NXT, which wrestlers he’d like to see join the company, and more. Here are the highlights:
What types of athletes is he looking for to join NXT:
“There is a guy called Luke Menzies who has been trained as a wrestler by one of the guys that trained me but he hasn’t actually wrestled yet. He was a pro rugby league player and he’s very, very good. He looks exceptional, you couldn’t draw this guy, and he can talk and do exceptional promos and do everything you want. He’s coming in and we’ve signed him, and that’s the developmental part of NXT.
Once people from the rugby league business realize that one of their own has made it in wrestling, it opens up other doors for them. You’re always looking at people who are athletes that can actually do what we do.”
If there’s any non-WWE talent he’d like to see signed:
“There’s a lot but I can’t really say much! First of al, because it puts unnecessary pressure on them. I don’t like putting pressure on anyone. I’m asked all the time who the next big thing is in NXT and I always say I’m not going to say because it puts too much pressure on them.
There are a thousand things you’ve got to deal with, you don’t need extra pressure by the fella telling you you’re going to be the next big thing. Obviously, there are people working in other companies that we’d like, there are loads out there who are very good. It’s a matter of the right time, the right place. So much of it is timing.”
Which wrestlers he’s most proud of helping to get signed:
“I don’t really like singling anyone out, but Sasha Banks. I’ve known her since she was 18, and the previous people that were doing what I’m doing now wouldn’t even give her the time of day.When I was asked by Triple H to be part of that team, of which there is nobody still here who was in the team at the time, I kept asking to bring her in, to which people replied ‘oh no, there is nothing in her, she’s useless.’Sasha was the first person I went to bat for, and her development is a great thing to see…
Bayley in a way also because I had the idea for the character but I didn’t have anyone to fill the role. I saw there was an open market because everything was pushed towards young boys, but we had nothing for young girls. That was a role that could be filled, and finding Bayley helped.That was one of the first tryouts we did in LA. Seeing her and going ‘she’s the perfect person for that role’. It’s not an act with her, it’s real. We just had to make it right. She created the character along with Dusty Rhodes, but I had the idea for her.”
For the full interview with William Regal check out Metro.