Professional wrestling legend and former four times WWE European champion William Regal who is also a former two times WWE Intercontinental Champion recently talked about his health issues that he faced during the time period of 2003 to 2004.
Butch was introduced to the audience of WWE back in 2016 through the inaugural NXT UK Championship tournament. Before coming to WWE, he worked in many other professional wrestling promotions on the independent circuit. He had been pretty impressive throughout his professional wrestling career.
William Regal Reveals His Health Issues From 2003-2004
He impressed the WWE management through the NXT UK Championship tournament in 2016. He was the finalist of the tournament before losing it to Tyler Bate. He defeated Tyler Bate after 4 months to capture the NXT UK Championship and had an impressive six hundred and eighty five days of reign. Later he dropped the title do Walter.
Dunne became one of the most familiar faces of the NXT and he became quite famous among the NXT fans as well. He was quite successful in Tag Team wrestling as well as he teamed up with Matt Riddle to win the NXT Tag Team Championship one-time and also the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team classic 2020.
Recently he made his main roster debut and he has formed alliance with Sheamus and Ridge Holland. WWE changed his ring name from Pete Dunne to Butch. It seemed like WWE would organize a 6 man tag team match for WrestleMania 38 between the team of Sheamus and the New Day but it does not seem like it would be happening anymore since Big E is still out with a neck injury. We hope Dunne would have an amazing career in WWE.
William Regal who is also a former two times WWE Intercontinental Champion recently spoke to his Gentleman Villain podcast where he talked about his health issues that he faced during the time period of 2003 to 2004. He said;
“There’s a lost thing in our job about — and I think I’ve talked about it before and if not, it’s a reminder. As a talent, your business is your business when it comes to whatever your business is with the company you work for. Whatever deal you make, you should be happy with or not, but if you make it, it’s your deal. Don’t go around talking about money with people. We did talk about this on a previous podcast. Don’t talk about money.
“You’ve made your deal. If somebody makes a better deal, tough. You should have made your own deal because it just causes animosity and problems. You’ve got to accept the deal you accept. Different way of getting paid in those days. You had a guarantee and then you got paid off of houses. I know and this is thanks to Mr. Ross, Jim Ross because he was the person who put the pay out in those days. My time with Lance [Storm] was the most money I made in the WWE.
For whatever amount of time we were together, that year was the most money I ever made in the WWE by far, and then it all went [left] the year after when I had — just my 20 percent, just my 20 percent that I had to pay of my health insurance totaled up — for the heart problems I had totaled up to $300,000. So that’s when people wonder why — well they don’t wonder why because I don’t talk money but… I don’t care. Says William Regal
“Three hundred grand for a normal wrestler like me, I’m not from the time I was earning huge. I’ve earned good money. I’ve always earned good money for a long time but when you’ve got a family and I don’t live large, three hundred grand, and then my health insurance went up so much after that… once I had this heart problem, my health insurance just over tripled so from 2004-on was my health insurance that I had to fine before I walked out the door every month.
William Regal Continued, “That was just to get through the door so I could go to wrestle to go to bring a wage into the house. Before they even made it out, my health insurance was $700 more than the mortgage on my house and I paid my house off in 15 years… and so all the way until I become an employee for the WWE, I had this massive note of health insurance just to be able to keep working.”
Quotes via POST Wrestling