Darren Kenneth Matthews is a retired professional wrestler, color commentator, and trainer currently signed to WWE on the NXT brand under the ring name William Regal, acting as the brand's general manager. In addition to being the on-air NXT's general manager, WWE refers to Regal as the WWE Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting.More
Darren Kenneth Matthews is a retired professional wrestler, color commentator, and trainer currently signed to WWE on the NXT brand under the ring name William Regal, acting as the brand's general manager. In addition to being the on-air NXT's general manager, WWE refers to Regal as the WWE Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting.
Matthews is also known for his time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the ring name 'LORD' Steven Regal. **NOT the same person who wrestled as 'Mr. Electricity' Steve Regal**. Having started his career on a rare surviving carnival booth in Britain, he moved on to wrestle for national-level promotions on the British wrestling circuit and on British television. He then progressed to touring around the world in countries such as Germany and South Africa before being called up to WCW in 1993.
In 2001, Matthews joined the World Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE), where he became commissioner. More recently, he has been general manager of Raw, the 2008 King of the Ring and the official match coordinator for NXT Redemption in 2011. He is highly respected amongst his peers and fans and has achieved considerable championship success in professional wrestling, although he has never been a world champion.
Beginning with the 26 November episode of Saturday Night, Regal began scouting fellow aristocrat Jean-Paul Levesque (Triple H) during his matches, which lead to the duo forming a tag team on the 21 January 1995 episode of Pro, when they defeated Brad and Scott Armstrong. Shortly after, Levesque left WCW and he was replaced by Alabama-born Bobby Eaton when Regal and Eaton faced each other in a match on the 18 March episode of Saturday Night. Regal stopped the match and proposed that he and Eaton form a team, which Eaton accepted. Regal formed the team The Blue Bloods with Eaton and was involved in humorous vignettes where he tried to teach Eaton the finer points of dining and the proper usage of the Queen's English. He renamed him "Earl" Robert Eaton. The duo first began teaming on the 8 April episode of Saturday Night. Regal also toured where he unsuccessfully challenged for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Blue Bloods quickly entered the title picture as they initially feuded with The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags), their complete opposites in terms of "sophistication" and presentation. Blue Bloods unsuccessfully challenged Nasty Boys for the WCW World Tag Team Championship at The Great American Bash. On the 24 June episode of WorldWide, Blue Bloods retaliated by costing Nasty Boys, the tag team titles against Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray). Blue Bloods faced Harlem Heat and Nasty Boys for the title in a triangle match at Bash at the Beach, where they failed again. Blue Bloods soon dropped off the title picture and continued to compete as a mid-card tag team. They added "Squire" David Taylor to the team and Jeeves as their lackey by the end of the year. Eaton and Regal received a shot at the WCW World Tag Team Championship against Sting and Lex Luger on the 23 January 23 episode of Clash of the Champions, where they failed to win the championship.Less
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