D-Von Dudley weighs in on William Regal and Brian James’ departures.
As WWE continues to shape the NXT 2.0 brand, they are bringing in new talent and personnel. Earlier this month, WWE parted ways with William Regal, Brian ‘Road Dogg’ James, Ace Steel, Dave Kapoor, Scott Armstrong, Allison Danger and NXT writer Ryan Katz.
Regal made his first appearance for the WWF/E in the late 1990s. He was brought back into the company in 2000 and spent the next 22 years there. Brian ‘Road Dogg’ James served as a writer and producer for the SmackDown and NXT brands dating back to 2014. Current WWE producer D-Von Dudley weighed in on those respective releases while speaking on the ‘Wrestle Buddy’ podcast.
He credited Regal and James for their contributions to wrestling and to WWE and hopes to see them back in the company one day.
Well again, I don’t know too much. I mean, again, on the, you know, I hate to say ‘firings’ but [WWE] letting go of certain talent or their producers or you know, talent. I don’t know too much of it. I do know that, you know, William Regal was looked upon as probably one of the greatest minds in the business to help launch NXT with Triple H. Of course Road Dogg working for both main roster and NXT. A lot of people praised Road Dogg for his contributions for both rosters. It’s sad, you know, but for whatever reason, WWE did what they did. You know, it’s not me to judge or to ask questions. I just — I do my job and I move forward. They will be greatly missed because again, they were great minds and they were able to put a shot in the arm on both SmackDown, Raw and NXT. So hopefully, they’ll be fine and maybe one day, like everybody else says in wrestling, it’s a revolving door. Hopefully they’ll be able to come back. Not in the wrestling form because that’s what they always say. They expect us to come back to come back wrestling and I’m just like, ‘No, we’re too old to do that now,’ even though some of us don’t feel that way and we still wanna get in the ring but, I know my time is done. But I just feel that one day, it probably will come back around. We might see those guys back again, we might not, I don’t know. But I do know that they will be greatly missed and you know, again, it was sad news to hear about the exiting of so many great people.
To check out a written recap of the latest edition of NXT 2.0, check out POST Wrestling’s coverage of the 1/18 show.
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