William Regal and Triple H are long-time friends in the wrestling business and have travelled all over the world together. The pair first met in WCW and spent a brief period as tag team partners, before later reuniting in the WWF.
They both became big stars in the promotion, with Triple H becoming a multi-time world champion and William Regal becoming King of the Ring in 2008 on top of a host of other honours.
Both HHH and Regal became huge stars in the WWF during the Attitude Era, although that was only possible once they jumped ship from WCW. Joining the WWF was the best decision Triple H ever made, meeting his wife and eventually running his own brand in WWE called NXT.
However, he only joined the promotion due to advice from one WWE legend – William Regal himself.
William Regal and Triple H
William Regal revealed on his Gentleman Villain podcast that he advised Triple H to leave WCW to join WWE. He told his co-host that he gave The Game advice to join Vince McMahon’s promotion, telling him “you need to go to the WWF”.
In his podcast, William Regal said about Triple H in WCW;
“We were put together as a tag team to be the original Blue Bloods. Jody Hamilton was running the Power Plant in Atlanta. I had been in WCW a year before him (Triple H). We were constantly training together. On our days off, we were training together. I wanted to teach him as much of that old British stuff as possible, not that he ever really needed it or used it that much.”
“He was a young fella that was a student of the game as they say nowadays, and I wanted to pass that on to him. We trained and we traveled together a bit and whatever else, and that’s where that friendship comes from,” Regal said.
“There was a decision to put us together as a tag team, which there are a few matches that you can see on YouTube. Jody Hamilton was an expert tag wrestler, so he taught us and we worked with him a lot. We were ready to unleash this team. They were going to put Sherri Martel with us and there were big plans for us.”
“At the same time, his contract was up. There was some talk of me going as well, but I had already had a deal with WCW, and WCW was paying for my family’s green cards. I wouldn’t have left anyway because I signed a deal with them. But I said to him, ‘You need to go to the WWF.’ He needed to go because what he lacked was reps. In late ’94, they (WCW) weren’t doing many shows. They decided it wasn’t viable to do that financially. He made his mind up I think anyway, but he asked me my opinion. I said, ‘What you need now is reps. You need to go.'”
William Regal and Triple H feuded multiple times in WWE, one time which led to an iconic William Regal promo that proved that he deserved to be in the main event scene in WWE.
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