William Regal (Darren Matthews, 53) was on Talk is Jericho this past week in an interview taped shortly after his AEW arrival at Revolution.
The idea was to talk about his career and NXT, and there was a little of that, but much of the interview talked about one horrific health issue after another.
Some of Regal’s issues were well known, including a painkiller problem that nearly ended his career in the late 90s, and it was known he was gone for a while at different points in NXT due to health issues, notably his neck surgery and a situation where he blacked out. It was also known that after a tour of India where a lot of talent got sick, that Regal had a heart issue that kept him out of action for a long time. But in actuality, his heart issues dated back before that.
That explained the line in his first interview on Dynamite when he was with Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson, broke down in tears at one point thanking Tony Schiavone for helping him out when he started, when he talked about how he probably wasn’t long for this world.