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William Regal in the Brawl for All

After William Regal got fired by WCW for alcohol and drug abuse, and for deliberately making Goldberg look bad, he came to WWF in the summer of 1998, right before the Brawl for All started.

My question is why didn't Regal participate in it?

He had a reputation as a shooter and a tough guy and this would've been a good way to give a solid midcard hand something to do creatively.
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His first match was the night the Brawl for All tournament began. And judging by Bruce Prichard's podcast, his appearance, as well as his health & personal problems were probably enough of a problem that he wasn't even considered.


Regal was in a VERY bad place at this point. In fact, so bad that during his first meeting with Vince a month prior to his debut, he passes out in the middle of the meeting. They didn't know it was due to drugs, as they thought he was sick (he battled pneumonia and a bad lung infection just a month prior). However, they knew he wasn't in a good place and likely weren't willing to do anything with him until he gets better.
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Regal's WWF run in 1998 was interesting. He was actually a part of the title tournament at Survivor Series 1998. Still he was in a bad spot at that time, great to see he recovered from it.

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Regal was legit, and I’d be very interested to see how he would compete in the tournament. Regal possibly could have been handcuffed by the rules, which made lots of the fights sloppy boxing matches. I could see regal doing very well if once they hit the floor, they were able to grapple.






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There's a video of him wrestling in in the indies in 1998 where the dude has his boots on the wrong feet and wrestles a 30 minutes match. It's terrible. He was barely functioning.

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Regal was legit, and Id be very interested to see how he would compete in the tournament. Regal possibly could have been handcuffed by the rules, which made lots of the fights sloppy boxing matches. I could see regal doing very well if once they hit the floor, they were able to grapple.
Between his status with the company and this it is pretty much what I was thinking. Turn it more into a MMA rules (or no rules) and I think Regal would have a pretty decent chance.
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If WWE ran the Brawl for All today there'd only be one wrestler in it, Brock.

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After William Regal got fired by WCW for alcohol and drug abuse, and for deliberately making Goldberg look bad, he came to WWF in the summer of 1998, right before the Brawl for All started.

My question is why didn't Regal participate in it?

He had a reputation as a shooter and a tough guy and this would've been a good way to give a solid midcard hand something to do creatively.
That part's debatable... no debating his substance abuse issues though. It's, unfortunately, cost Regal a lot in his career.

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That part's debatable... no debating his substance abuse issues though. It's, unfortunately, cost Regal a lot in his career.
I don't think it's debatable. The bare facts are Goldberg believed, and still believes, Regal set out to make him look bad, Regal was abusing various substances, and WCW management took Goldberg's side and sacked him, with the Goldberg match being the tip of the iceberg.

I watched the match and it didn't look like a misguided attempt to make Goldberg look good which backfired. It simply looked like Regal had no interest in making Goldberg look good. He was on top the entire match, what offense Goldberg was given was barely sold, he plainly looked to be stiffing Goldberg at various points, and he was basically tying him in knots to the point the match became an uncoordinated mess; it basically looked like an act of impudence.

I'm not sure how anybody can take it otherwise unless they have a pro-Regal bias.

Regal has spoken about this in a passive-aggressive manner saying he was just told he had 6 minutes, and to make Goldberg look good, as if to imply it was a combination of WCW being a disorganised mess and Goldberg being green.

But guys like Raven, Perry Saturn, Bam Bam Bigelow and several others had matches with Goldberg exceeding 6 minutes which were all pretty good; Goldberg almost broke MENG's neck in a match and Meng didn't use that as an excuse to be unprofessional.

So in the extreme unlikelihood that this was somehow not Regal's fault then maybe he's not as good as people say he is? Or, you know, he was being an arrogant dick and trying to make Goldberg look like an imbecile.
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I don't think it's debatable. The bare facts are Goldberg believed, and still believes, Regal set out to make him look bad, Regal was abusing various substances, and WCW management took Goldberg's side and sacked him, with the Goldberg match being the tip of the iceberg.

I watched the match and it didn't look like a misguided attempt to make Goldberg look good which backfired. It simply looked like Regal had no interest in making Goldberg look good. He was on top the entire match, what offense Goldberg was given was barely sold, he plainly looked to be stiffing Goldberg at various points, and he was basically tying him in knots to the point the match became an uncoordinated mess; it basically looked like an act of impudence.

I'm not sure how anybody can take it otherwise unless they have a pro-Regal bias.

Regal has spoken about this in a passive-aggressive manner saying he was just told he had 6 minutes, and to make Goldberg look good, as if to imply it was a combination of WCW being a disorganised mess and Goldberg being green.

But guys like Raven, Perry Saturn, Bam Bam Bigelow and several others had matches with Goldberg exceeding 6 minutes which were all pretty good; Goldberg almost broke MENG's neck in a match and Meng didn't use that as an excuse to be unprofessional.

So in the extreme unlikelihood that this was somehow not Regal's fault then maybe he's not as good as people say he is? Or, you know, he was being an arrogant dick and trying to make Goldberg look like an imbecile.


As I said, debatable at best.

It really depends whose side of the story you believe.

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