Episode: FCW TV #194
Recorded: 24 May 2012
Aired: 24 June 2012


“Dean Ambrose has become a little obsessed with me. And, good, that’s what I wanted at first.”
–William Regal


William Regal
Dean Ambrose has obviously got just as much chances as anybody else. It’s… I’m in a strange situation here. I know exactly what it feels like to compete against Dean Ambrose. I know – and I’ve said this many times here – that I have a feeling, an instinct that Dean Ambrose will be the man that finishes my career. It’s… it’s a daunting thought that you’re looking at the man that will end… end your run and put you out of an industry that you love. I don’t know why I feel that but I do feel that. And I’ll be quite honest with you, I’m trying to prolong my being around because I still feel that I have something to contribute. And as gung-ho as I was originally to bait Dean Ambrose, sometimes you have to question yourself, is it… is it a smart thing to do. The older I’ve got the more I want to stay around a little longer. So not quite yet. He’s not having what he wants and that’s me.

[commercial break]

William Regal
D’you know, one thing that’s very surprising to anyone that’s watching Dean Ambrose here is – I don’t… to put it bluntly, he comes across as somewhat of a mental case and there’s no way that you can be as warped as an individual and be such a skilled grappler as he is. As we’re seeing here, you know, he obviously… he likes to play into that role that he knows throws his opponents up for he’s completely deranged. But this man is a man who’s spent hours and hours and obviously years on the mat becoming a truly great grappler. And it’s… it’s very surprising to me. (…) A brilliant technician and we know what an incredible technician Seth Rollins is, but Dean Ambrose – very surprising. (…)

[Lifer] means – I believe the way it was spoken – it means that they’re both in this industry for the rest of their lives and… and as yourself and I’m another one and that’s the reason that I wanna stay around a little longer. I’m very cautious of Dean Ambrose because I know what it… you know the reason I took a liking to him straight away is because – and I’ve said it on this show – I’ve got a villainous streak in me and I see that in the eyes of Dean Ambrose. I’m very proud of the fact that I can look in my three sons’ eyes and they look back at me not with my eyes. It would be that evilest and spiteful streak that I’ve got. I look in his eyes and I see that, I see that – as I’ve said before – that somebody who would stop at nothing and has nothing but devious intentions on his mind. I know what that is because I’ve lived that. (…) That’s why I like him. But that’s also why I’ve become very cautious. I don’t want to finish my career quite yet and he will finish it for me if I let him.

[Dean Ambrose teases Regal Stretch on Seth Rollins but the latter is able to get out]

Byron Saxton
Oh, wait a minute, speaking of, um, look at that, finishing…

Cesaro
That looks familiar to you there, William.

William Regal
Certainly does, yes. And that is something, I believe, you know, Seth Rollins is right. He has become, Dean Ambrose has become a little obsessed with me. And, good, that’s what I wanted at first. But – I just mentioned it – I’ve got three sons, I’ve got to pay for them. And I’ve got… I don’t want to quite finish off yet.

[Dean Ambrose brings himself and Rollins down on the mat again with a superplex from the top rope and got himself injured on his left shoulder again]

William Regal
I… I know exactly what’s happened here and what it feels like. When I competed against Dean Ambrose – as you probably remember – I dislocated his shoulder. I damaged his arm so much. You can see the way that he landed there, the tendons in his arm aren’t quite healed. And you can see the pain. I know because I’ve dislocated my shoulder several times and I know it was the most painful injury that I’ve ever had in twenty-nine years of competing. And you can see that pain in his face now.

[commercial break]

William Regal
Look, you can see… see the muscle separation in his shoulder blade there. That’s the sign of a… at least a separation there.

[Dean Ambrose tries to put his shoulder back into usual place]

William Regal
That’s what makes Dean Ambrose special (laughs), in a very special kind of way. He’s so willing to co… Dean Ambrose is so willing to compete here and has that streak, that he needs to win that he’s willing to try and force his shoulder back in the socket, so he can continue. (…)

Cesaro
Now, William, let me ask you, did you have fun when you dislocated his shoulder?

William Regal
Of course I did.

Cesaro
Good.

William Regal
I thrive for such moments.

Cesaro
I expected nothing less from you. I would’ve had the same pleasure.

William Regal
D’you know, while I’m sat here, I’m starting to get that desire again. And it’s not that I’m seeing a wounded man in front of me. But it’s the fact that… I’m remembering every… every blow that took place between me and Dean Ambrose and perhaps it’s time for me to give it all I’ve got and finish myself off if need be.

Cesaro
See, I think that may make Dean even more dangerous that his arm is hurt, because he knows now that Seth… as soon as Seth will get a chance, he’ll go after that arm. And now he has to do everything…

William Regal
‘Course it is. It’s like cornering a rat. It will attack with everything that it has.

Cesaro
Maybe that’s why you’d like to wrestling him right now because you thrive for those challenges.

William Regal
It’s true, yes. That’s what I live for. Who’m I kidding? That’s the reason I like Dean Ambrose. I’m a villain. That’s what I love about myself, you know, that’s I’ve… I’ve managed to steer the course in this industry. And I love seeing that.

[Dean Ambrose performs Figure-Four leglock on Seth Rollins including a little bridge]

William Regal
Can I just interrupt you? When do you ever see anybody add that extra bridge into a Figure-Four leglock?

Cesaro
Genius!

William Regal
Let me just explain to anyone at home. Ninety-nine percent of people will never have dislocated a shoulder. Your body actually goes into shock. My body was… I… you… actually retch, you’re in so much pain. It’s indescribable. The amount of… it’s just… your body, your whole nervous system really rebels against you…

[Dean Ambrose rolls down kneepad to prepare for Regal’s Knee Trembler; he finally connects but Rollins stays alive; Ambrose then does his shoulder routine onto the mat again]

William Regal (laughs)
Look at this. He’s trying to put his shoulder back in the joint so he can continue. Don’t get anything wrong about the way, the dynamic between myself and Dean Ambrose. I have… and I truly don’t respect hardly any man on the Earth. I respect him. I admire people’s qualities but he’s maybe one of the small handful of people that I have to respect. Because I know what it takes to be such a… a demonic force. And he definitely is a villain.

[Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are almost dead]

William Regal
We’re seeing two true warriors of the canvas wars here. It’s a joy to watch. You can feel the… just the excitement – everybody here in the FCW arena – and anybody that’s watching is watching a truly classic encounter.

[Dean Ambrose kicks out of Curb Stomp; Seth Rollins performs Regal Stretch on Dean Ambrose]

William Regal
Obviously this is a… this is a submission… submission move that I invented and the pain is throughout your body. The most stress goes onto the shoulder joint. There’s also stress on the knee joints and the ankle joint, but the shoulder suffers greatly.

[Seth Rollins hits Curb Stomp for the win]

William Regal
It’s nights like this that make me proud to be a part of professional wrestling. Truly.


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