William Regal Comments On Refusing To Use Controversial Wrestling Term

William Regal cutting a promo holding an AEW microphone.

William Regal has recently discussed a particular phrase in wrestling which he has a major dislike for, feeling that it holds people back within the industry.

Having wrestled around the world and across multiple major promotions throughout his storied career, William Regal recently joined All Elite Wrestling having been released from his position in NXT by WWE. In one of his first interviews since leaving the organisation, Regal spoke with Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, and singled out the word mark as being counterproductive in the wrestling industry for the way it looks down at the fans.

I’ve never ever used the term ‘mark.’ I hate that term; I think it’s a nasty, horrible derogatory term to call somebody who’s willing to give you their time, money and whatever with this job, what you should think about is the people who’re willing to give you their precious time to watch you do your thing, you should never look down on them. Because if you do, you’ll stay at that level I think. You won’t try to better your craft; you get to a certain, ‘Oh, what’s it matter? Eh.

William Regal went on to liken attending a wrestling show to attending a concert, and how he wouldn’t want to do that if he felt the band was looking down on him.

You play, right? And you’ve been to a thousand concerts? And I did when I was younger, and some of the same bands are still about. But would you like to spend your hard earned money to go to see a band thinking that they were looking down on you, thinking look at these idiots? Well that’s what a mark is. And so when wrestlers talk like that… I’ve never talked like that.

And I’m the only… well, me and Robbie Brookside, the only real carny, carnival wrestlers left in this industry. Or, we’re not obviously, we’re no longer doing this. But we’re still in it. But I’ve never talked like that, with that nonsense way of thinking, and I think it holds people back on being open minded to do things differently or the way you look at your audience. Maybe that’s what’s kept me around, because I’ve never had that silly notion.

William Regal made his surprising debut for AEW at Revolution, where he intervened between Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley in an effort to get the pair on the same page, which seems to have been working over recent weeks. This came after his release from WWE on 5th January.

With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.