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Tony Schiavone says he had no idea William Regal was joining AEW

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On the "What Happened When" podcast this week, Tony Schiavone said he had no idea William Regal was showing up at AEW Revolution.

“I was absolutely stunned about William Regal," Schiavone said. "I did not see him prior to that. Then all of a sudden, the live interview I had done with Bryan Danielson a few weeks prior made sense because he mentioned Regal’s name."

"I remember in that interview thinking, 'Wow, that’s some inside baseball talk there. I don’t know if he got permission to say Regal’s name or not.' It just didn’t dawn on me that Regal would show up."

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"When he walked in, the fans went bananas chanting his name. It was a great scene. Before I went back and did my thing with Swerve, I ran back real fast and asked one of our producers backstage where Regal was. He said around the corner."

"Regal was standing there. I went up to him and grabbed him, hugged him, and said, ‘Well you son of a b*tch. You kayfabing son of a b*tch.’ He said, ‘How are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m doing excellent.’"

"I thanked Moxley and Danielson for putting their bodies on the line to make a great show. I thank all the guys for doing that. It was a very good surprise for me personally because when he got the ax from the WWE, another unwarranted ax, I got in contact with him. I called him and we talked. He’s always been a good friend. He’s one of the great guys and actually one of the funniest guys that I’ve ever been around in my life.”

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