Fact 1: Daniel Bryan is still adorable. Fact 2: William Regal really isn’t an old villain

Pity me, reader. Soft-hearted wretch that I am, I shed a quiet tear on Monday night as William Regal and his (adorable) protege Bryan Danielson aka Daniel Bryan shared another tender moment.

The pair opened the card at the Smackdown house show in Birmingham. Bryan galloped out first, Money in the Bank briefcase in hand; Regal’s music hit and I fervently waved my REGAL OR RIOT! sign in the air.

And what a fantastic match it was. Regal had his compatriots firmly behind him, giving Bryan the chance to play heel, which he clearly loved, mocking Regal’s gracious wave and inciting further booing. And wily old Regal got to play the face, and a face in peril at that for much of the match, but brilliantly dodging some of Bryan’s trademark moves with a knowing grin and a headshake – “I taught you everything you know, but I didn’t teach you everything I know.”

After an exchange of submission moves, Bryan tapped out to his old mentor. Yet rather than milk the applause and ovation, Regal took the mic and paid handsome tribute to a young man he is clearly very fond of, telling him that he is proud of him; and then he hailed his old tag partner (and trainer of Wade Barrett and Sheamus) Robbie Brookside, there at the arena.

Then, after declaring Bryan “the future of the WWE”, Regal left the ring, leaving his tutee there to lift his briefcase and acknowledge the crowd. It was a gallant move.

Regal promised that this is not his retirement tour. We all hope to see him again in the ring, in the UK, very soon. Perhaps challenging Bryan for the World Heavyweight Title after Wrestlemania 28.

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3 Responses to Fact 1: Daniel Bryan is still adorable. Fact 2: William Regal really isn’t an old villain

  1. ValkyrieSmudge says:

    Regal is the most adorable creature in pro-wrestling. For someone who made a career out of being evil, he really is lovely and very sweet.

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  3. Mike says:

    OK, so I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fan of both Regal and Bryan Danielson, but the opener on Monday’s show was terrific on so many levels.

    Firstly, it was a switch of roles for both guys. Regal was the hometown hero, Bryan his vicious antagonist. And both guys played their roles brilliantly.

    Then of course, it was a great wrestling match. Regal and Bryan were given plenty of time to put on a clinic for the fans, they told a story in the ring and had the crowd applauding each exchange.

    Then, we got to hear from Regal himself. He thanked the crowd, paid a touching tribute to his old tag team partner Robbie Brookside, and gave Bryan all the credit in the world and the spotlight at the end.

    I’m really looking forward to Superstars this week, and seeing if the match the two had on the TV tapings!

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