15 Biggest hometown victories

#14 William Regal defeats Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella in Manchester — Raw, Nov. 10, 2008

On the Nov. 3 episode of Raw, William Regal won a Battle Royal to become the No. 1 contender to Santino Marella’s Intercontinental Championship. As luck would have it, his opportunity at the title came the next week when Raw emanated from Manchester, England, just a short distance from Regal’s hometown of Blackpool.

Enjoying considerable support from the energetic Manchester crowd, Regal demolished Santino in 40 seconds, finishing off the champion with a brutal knee and seizing the Intercontinental Title for his second reign. Afterward, the British WWE Universe showered the veteran with chants of “Regal!” as he earnestly spoke about the pride he felt being an Englishman, champion and WWE Superstar.

Cementing his legacy as possibly the greatest British Superstar in WWE history, William Regal picked up one of the most impressive and defining wins of his career in front of an adoring hometown crowd.