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Darren Kenneth Matthews (born 10 May 1968) is an English professional wrestler.

Background

Pre-WrestleMania

He re-debuted in a match with Chris Benoit at the third annual Brian Pillman Memorial Show. His new character was Steven William Regal (soon shortened to William Regal), a stereotypical English snob, harkening back to his WCW character. As a villain, Regal had much more success, winning the European Championship.

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulations Date
Chris Jericho William Regal Houston, Texas X-Seven Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship April 1, 2001
Rob Van Dam William Regal Toronto, Ontario X8 Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship March 17, 2002

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Knee Trembler (Running knee strike) – 2005–present
    • Power of the Punch (Left-handed knockout punch with brass knuckles) – 2002–2004; used rarely thereafter
    • Regal Cutter (Arm trap neckbreaker) – 2000–2002
    • Regal-Plex (Bridging leg hook belly-to-back suplex) – Innovated
    • Regal Stretch (Arm trap cross-legged STF) – Innovated
    • Regal Bomb (Double underhook powerbomb)
  • Signature moves
    • Choking an opponent while distracting the referee
    • Crossface chickenwing
    • Double underhook
    • European uppercut
    • Forearm club
    • Half or full nelson
    • Hammerlock transitioned into either a figure-four armlock or an armbar
    • Knee drop
    • Multiple knee lifts
    • Multiple mule kicks to the chest of an opponent seated in the corner
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Double underhook, sometimes from the second rope
      • Dragon
      • Exploder
      • German
      • Half nelson
    • Neckbreaker
    • Regal Roll (Rolling fireman's carry slam)
    • Single leg Boston crab
    • Surfboard, sometimes while applying a dragon sleeper
  • Managers
    • Sir William Dundee
    • Jeeves
    • Dave Taylor
    • Lady Ophelia
    • Layla
  • Wrestlers managed
    • Triple H
    • Eugene
    • Paul Burchill
    • Vladimir Kozlov
    • Ezekiel Jackson
    • Skip Sheffield
  • Nicknames
    • "A/The (Real) Man's Man"
    • "Sir"
    • "The Ringleader of the Tormentors"
    • "The Goodwill Ambassador"
    • "The Old Pro"
    • "The British Brawler"
    • "The Gentleman Villain"
  • Entrance themes
    • World Championship Wrestling
      • "Noble Occasion" composed by Steve Hodges (1993-1996)
      • "Trumpet Voluntary in D Major (The Prince of Denmark's March) performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra composed by Jeremiah Clarke (1996-1998, 1999–2000)
    • World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE/NXT
      • "Real Man's Man" composed by Jim Johnston (1998, 2011)
      • "Promenade" composed by Jim Johnston (2000–2001)
      • "Promenade" V2 composed by Jim Johnston (2009)
      • "Regality" composed by Jim Johnston (2001–2009, 2010–present)
  • Wrestlers trained
    • CM Punk
    • Daniel Bryan
    • Johnny Gargano
    • Matt Cross
    • Brian Kendrick
    • Chris Hero
    • Vicky Swain
    • Bobcat
    • Samoa Joe
    • Reckless Youth

Championship and accomplishments

  • Memphis Championship Wrestling
    • MCW Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 18 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1994
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW World Television Championship (4 times)
  • World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Television Announcer (2013, 2014)
WWE Intercontinental Champions
Pat PattersonGreg ValentineRandy SavageRicky SteamboatThe Honky Tonk ManUltimate WarriorRick RudeMr. PerfectThe Texas TornadoBret HartRoddy PiperBritish BulldogShawn MichaelsRazor Ramon ● Diesel ● Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple HRocky Maivia/The RockStone Cold Steve AustinKen ShamrockRoad DoggThe GodfatherEdgeD'Lo BrownChris JerichoKurt AngleRikishiEddie GuerreroBilly GunnJeff HardyKaneAlbertChristianWilliam RegalRob Van DamBooker TRandy OrtonRic Flair ● CM Punk ● JBLBig ShowDaniel Bryan ● The Miz
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