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August 01, 2013

William Regal

ON WHAT MAKES A WRESTLERS’ WRESTLER:

You may ask different people and get different answers. It’s usually the fellows that aren’t the most flashy or the guys that haven’t always been the biggest stars. But there are certain people that the other professionals usually stop to watch. Daniel Bryan gets that kind of a thing. You see that in him now. People stop when he’s on.

ON THE BEST ADVICE HE RECEIVED FROM A WRESTLERS' WRESTLER:

From where I’m from in England, there was Pete Roberts. If you watch me and then you go back and watch him, you’ll see a lot of me in him. He was my idol. The greatest compliment I ever had was when [Yoshiaki] Fujiwara in Japan told me that he thought I was his son. Pete Roberts told me, when I was a teenager, “Make everything you do mean something, or else don’t bother doing it.” All the best wrestlers’ wrestlers do that.

ON THE WRESTLERS’ WRESTLERS HE GREW UP ADMIRING:

Another guy from England was Terry Rudge. Terry looked like a wrestler should look — perfect build for a wrestler. He looked like an old circus strongman — bald head, big pieces of ham on his arms. You watch him and you go, “That’s what I want to do.” Every move that he did meant something. No wasted motion. Everything looked like it should do. They were wrestlers’ wrestlers.

Another hidden gem in England is a guy called Jon Cortez — an absolute gem. He’s another guy like Terry Rudge. You watch these two — Terry Rudge or Jon Cortez — you’re taken into another world of how good they are and the way they do things compared to everybody else.

ON THE WRESTLERS’ WRESTLERS WHO INFLUENCE WWE TODAY:

Finlay. People talk about who’s the actual best pro wrestler, as far technical skills and whatever else. Even the pros don’t know how good he is, because he doesn’t do that style in the ring. He’s a brawler. He is, without a doubt, a thousand miles ahead of anybody else when it comes to technical skills. But you only really get that when you train with him. He knows more stuff, how to do it better, make it hurt more, he’s just the best of them all.

Arn Anderson’s a wrestlers’ wrestler. Every move that he made meant something. No wasted motion. It was all exactly how it should be. It looked like it should look. That’s really what makes a wrestlers’ wrestler — to people who know, anyway.

Read Regal’s tips for being a wrestlers’ wrestlerWatch Terry Rudge vs. Marty Jones on YouTube

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