In 2014, Regal underwent his first neck surgery. Below is an interview the NXT general manager conducted with WWE after his operation.
Can you explain what the surgery entailed?
“I had a neck surgery last year and everything was very, very good, and I went in for a follow-up exam six weeks ago. Luckily, we did the exam, because they found there was more damage in the back of the neck that needed to be taken care of as soon as possible. The last surgery I had, they went in through the front of my neck; this one’s in the back, so there’s a lot more work involved and a lot of healing in the muscle in the back of the neck.
“It was my C3, C4, C5 and C6 [vertebrae]. I believe the operation is called a laminectomy, where they go in and completely clean out the calcium deposits from the back. Now that I’ve got this done, it’s just a matter of healing up and I’ll be good to go. Dr. Maroon, who is head of the WWE Wellness Program, performed the operation. He said I’ll be good to go for another 50,000 miles, or 50 years. Hopefully, that will cover me for the rest of my time on this Earth, anyway.”
WWE.COM: Have they given you a timetable for your recovery?
“No. it’s just a lot of doing nothing but walking for the next couple of weeks, and then we’ll go from there. I’ll definitely be on the NXT tour of the UK. Definitely, there’s no question. I won’t be wrestling, but that wasn’t the plan to begin with. I’ll definitely be at all the shows. There will just probably be three to four weeks when I can’t fly long distance. I won’t be able to go on WWE’s November tour, which I normally always go on to do TVs in Manchester, which is a shame. But, as long as I’ll be there for December…”