William Regal doesn’t believe Bryan Danielson was held down in WWE, says the boss knew how special Bryan was

William Regal touches on the idea that Bryan Danielson was held down in WWE and described that notion as a 'nonsense myth'

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William Regal further speaks about his relationship with Bryan Danielson.

As All Elite Wrestling inches closer to their Double or Nothing pay-per-view on 5/29, members of the talent roster have been making the media rounds to promote the show and among those individuals is William Regal.

Regal is part of the Blackpool Combat Club with Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley and ROH Pure Champion Wheeler YUTA. Regal has spoken at length about his friendship with Bryan and while being interviewed by Daily Star, Regal touched on the idea that Bryan was held down in WWE.

He says that claim is a ‘nonsense myth’ and if the company did not want Bryan to main event WrestleMania, he would not have headlined the show.

If you want to buy into that nonsense myth that people like to put out there – because it sounds like a good story – that he was held was held down in WWE, you are absolutely living in fairy land. If they didn’t want him to main event WrestleMania, he wouldn’t have main evented WrestleMania. The boss knew he had something special on his hands and he didn’t care about the narrative, he was going to see if he got there, and every test he gave him, he got there.

On an episode of ‘Superstars’ in 2011, Regal and Danielson went one-on-one. Regal shared that after the match, he was approached by Vince McMahon who told him that Danielson was going to be a ‘great villain’. Bryan went on to win the World Heavyweight Title at the following pay-per-view and began his tag run with Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs five months later.

He shook our hands and Bryan, who’d carried me through that match walked away. Vince said to me – because for whatever reason, people in England liked me – ‘he’s gonna make a great villain this kid.’ He already knew how good Bryan was but if you look, it was right after that he started putting him into all that stuff with Kane and all of that. He’s the living proof of a motto I tell a lot of people: Make it work for you. No matter what he was given, he made it work.

Danielson and Moxley are teaming up with Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz at Double or Nothing to take on The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Matt Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia & Jake Hager) in a ‘Anarchy in the Arena’ match.

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