William Regal recently spoke on a wide range of topics at his Gentleman Villain podcasting.
During it, he detailed how health problems from 2003-2004 caused his health insurance to total $300,000. The AEW manager stated that he paid those bills until he became an employee of WWE.
“There’s something lost in our work about – and I think I’ve talked about it before and if not, it’s a memory. As a talent, your company is your company when it comes to whatever your company is with the company you work for. Whatever deal you make, you have to be happy with it or not, but if you make it, it’s your deal. Don’t talk to people about money. We talked about that in an earlier podcast. Don’t talk about money. You made your deal. If someone makes a better deal, hard. You should have made your own deal because it only causes animosity and trouble. You have to accept the deal you accept. Different way of getting paid at that time. You had a guarantee and then you got paid off from houses. I know and this is thanks to Mr. Ross, Jim Ross, because he was the person who made the payout at the time. My time with Lance [Storm] was the most money I made in WWE.
However long we were together, that year was by far the most money I ever made in WWE, and then it all went [left] the year after that, when I – just my 20 percent, just my 20 percent that I had to pay from my health insurance – went up for the heart problems that totaled me to $300,000. So that’s when people wonder why – well, they don’t wonder why, because I don’t talk about money, but… I don’t care. Three hundred thousand for a normal wrestler like me, I’m not from the time when I was earning huge. I made good money. I’ve always made good money for a long time, but if you have a family and I don’t live big, three hundred thousand, and then my health insurance went up so much after that… once I had a heart problem, my health insurance has more than tripled , so from 2004, my health insurance was that I had to pay every month before I went out the door. That was just to get through the door so I could start struggling to bring home a wage. Before they even made it, my health insurance was $700 more than the mortgage on my house and I paid off my house in 15 years…and so all the way until I became an employee for the WWE I had this huge bill of health insurance to just to be able to continue working.”
Quotes via POST Wrestling