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With many wrestling fans pondering whether Daniel Garcia could be the latest addition to the Blackpool Combat Club, BCC member Claudio Castagnoli has suggested Serena Deeb as a potential new recruit for the group.

Speaking on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, the current ROH World Champion offered up Deeb as someone he’d like to see join the ranks of William Regal’s batch of brutal bruisers.

As Castagnoli detailed:

“I think Blackpool Combat Club could use a female. I’ll pick Serena Deeb, probably. I think she would be a good fit for the Blackpool Combat Club.”

A former NWA Women’s World Champion, Deeb has been with AEW since September 2020 and has challenged for both the AEW Women’s Title and the ROH Women’s Title.

Regarded as one of the best technical wrestlers on the planet, period, the Professor certainly fits the bill for what the Blackpool Combat Club is about. Of course, whether Claudio gets his way and Serena enters the BCC fold, that remains to be seen.

For now, at least, the Blackpool Combat Club consists of Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley and Wheeler Yuta, with the aforementioned Regal and his Blackpool roots steering the ship for this fan favourite faction.

Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view kicked off with a new ROH World Champion.

AEW star and Blackpool Combat Club member Claudio Castagnoli defeated Jonathan Gresham to become the new ROH World Champion.

This win marks Claudio Castagnoli’s first ROH World Title reign. During his first run with ROH, Castagnoli held the ROH World Tag Team Championship twice with Chris Hero.

Before losing the title tonight, Gresham had been the champion since defeating Jay Lethal at Final Battle in December 2021.

2022 has been the year of the Blackpool Combat Club, from the group’s violent beginnings at AEW Revolution complete with the arrival of William Regal to Wheeler Yuta’s bloody initiation to Anarchy in the Arena at AEW Double or Nothing. The group has also been strengthened due to the arrival of Claudio Castagnoli, and Jon Moxley defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi for the AEW Interim World Championship at AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door.

Even more interesting than the BCC’s success though? Their formation, at least as told by Moxley when he appeared on “The Sessions with Renee Paquette”, hosted by Mox’s wife.

“There was not some big plan or anything,” Moxley said. “It was — I was going to wrestle Bryan because (before) I was going to wrestle Bryan, and then I went to rehab. So we needed a reason to wrestle. Bryan said something about, ‘Maybe I can float the idea of us doing a team to you. But you know that I’m a bad guy and you don’t trust me.’ I had done something similar with Jericho where he wanted me to join the Inner Circle … We go do a promo in the ring. I don’t know what Bryan’s going to say, he doesn’t know what I’m going to say.

“Bryan suggests to me, in the ring on TV, that we should be a team, and he talks about how we could take young guys and mold them and, ‘You don’t have anybody watching you’re back. We can dominate this place.’ All this stuff that he said in the promo, and I was listening to it for the first time in the ring and he made such a compelling case. And the audience, you could tell the audience was going, ‘Huh, you know, that actually kind of makes sense.’ It wasn’t like Jericho and the Inner Circle where they were total bad guy characters like, joining them would be turning to the dark side. Bryan was making a really good case. The people were actually reacting strongly to the idea, like, ‘I think he’s got a point.’”

After thinking about it some more, Moxley concluded that the idea had merit. And he wasn’t alone in thinking it.

“I texted Bryan and I was like, ‘Man, I’m not going to lie to you. I was thinking, what if we did do that?’” Moxley said. “He was like, ‘I was thinking the same thing!’ I can’t in real life or as a character think of a good reason to say no. One of us or both of us talked to Tony … He didn’t see the whole vision at first, he was like, ‘Yeah, you can do it for a few weeks, and then break up or whatever.’ Me and Bryan saw the vision, I could tell we both saw the exact same thing.”

Moxley later explained how Regal got involved with the group.

“Regal had just got fired,” Moxley said. “I hadn’t talked to him in a while, I don’t know if he’s actually available. I don’t know if he even wants to work, I don’t know what his contractual status is or if he’d even be interested. I’m just fantasy booking, but Regal’s got this relationship with me, he’s got this relationship with Bryan, and we’re doing this story right now, and I kind of had the vision of him coming in and breaking up the ruckus (at Revolution).

“So I kind of threw that out there. And Bryan said, ‘Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. He is interested and Tony already talked to him. He’s available.’ So everybody was already thinking the same thing, they had already talked to him and were like, ‘Yeah, he was going to be at the PPV.’ Perfect.”

While the pairing of Danielson, Moxley, and Regal came together very naturally, Moxley revealed that other circumstances led Wheeler Yuta to the BCC.

“The thing with Wheeler was an accident,” Moxley said. “… I’m supposed to wrestle Brian Kendrick. An hour before the show, that match is not happening. ‘What are we going to do? We’re opening the show, the show starts in an hour.’ Tony’s like, ‘Wheeler!’ I’m like, ‘Perfect — Wheeler.’ We go and have a little match. That was either before or after Bryan did the promo, and he’s one of the guys, I think Bryan mentioned by name. It just very naturally happened, and before you know it, he’s in the group. But the people so truly and naturally got behind him and bought into the story, and it was like, ‘Here we go. Now, it’s a thing.’”

Bryan Danielson of the Blackpool Combat Club has received a lot of praise for his in-ring work over the course of his his 20+ year career, but during the post-show media scrum following AEW X NJPW’s Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View, current AEW Interim World Champion Jon Moxley had a particularly strong compliment for his BCC stablemate.

“In my book, Bryan Danielson is the greatest professional,” Moxley said. “People say like, ‘[Hiroshi] Tanahashi is one of the greatest ever, Jericho is the GOAT,’ you know, just for my money, my opinion, the greatest professional wrestler to ever live, to ever do it in the ring, is Bryan Danielson.”

Danielson has been in professional wrestling now for over two decades, winning a multitude of titles throughout his career such as the ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Championship, the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championships. Danielson also had the prestigious distinction of being part of the first Hall of Fame Class for ROH alongside CM Punk, Samoa Joe, the Briscoes, and former ROH owner, Cary Silkin.

“In my book, Bryan Danielson is the greatest professional,” Moxley said. “People say like, ‘[Hiroshi] Tanahashi is one of the greatest ever, Jericho is the GOAT,’ you know, just for my money, my opinion, the greatest professional wrestler to ever live, to ever do it in the ring, is Bryan Danielson.”

Danielson has been in professional wrestling now for over two decades, winning a multitude of titles throughout his career such as the ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Championship, the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championships. Danielson also had the prestigious distinction of being part of the first Hall of Fame Class for ROH alongside CM Punk, Samoa Joe, the Briscoes, and former ROH owner, Cary Silkin.

The Blackpool Combat Club now consists of Danielson, Moxley, Castagnoli, and Wheeler Yuta. The group is led by former Intercontinental Champion and former NXT General Manager William Regal.

In his short time working with AEW, Wheeler Yuta has been part of two different factions in AEW: Best Friends and the Blackpool Combat Club.

During a signing with K & S WrestleFest, Yuta discussed transitioning from the Best Friends faction to the BCC, led by William Regal.

“Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, like they’re my friends in real life, I’ve known those dudes for years,” Yuta said. “It kind of felt like, ‘Alright, I’m in this big position, like it was still huge for me to do that’. But it was like, ‘This is huge, but it’s with my friends like I’m in my comfort zone’. When [BCC] started to happen it’s like, ‘This is, alright, this is a step up’… it was definitely a big step up. It was like a light switch.”

Yuta started out in AEW as a friend of the Best Friends faction, which included Kris Statlander, Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, and Trent Beretta. Yuta, nor Best Friends, had any success with the alliance, and eventually, Beretta and Yuta had a falling out, resulting in Yuta no longer being associated with Best Friends. The two former stablemates have not had a singles match in AEW to date.

Following his time with Best Friends, Yuta joined the Blackpool Combat Club, a group that consisted of Former WWE and AEW World Champion Jon Moxley and former WWE Champion Bryan Danielson. The group is also led by William Regal, who worked as an in-ring performer from 1986 until 2013, and served as the General Manager for “NXT” from 2014 until his release in January of 2022.

Yuta did not get a free invitation into the group, however, as he first had to go through a match with Danielson on the March 30th edition of “AEW: Dynamite” where Yuta fell short to the American Dragon, losing by referee’s decision after about 10 minutes of hard-hitting back and forth action. Yuta wasn’t done earning the respect of the former world champions there as he took on Moxley a week and two days later on “AEW: Rampage” in a brutal match that saw Yuta bleed.

Following the match against Moxley, Danielson, Regal, and Moxley welcomed Yuta into the BCC as Yuta spelled BCC on his chest with his own blood.

All Elite Wrestling’s “Blackpool Combat Club” and Claudio Castagnoli (aka former WWE star Cesaro) seem like a match made in heaven given the ties to several members of the group. From his matches with William Regal and Jon Moxley to his real-life close friendship with Bryan Danielson, Castagnoli would be a perfect fifth member, matching their hard-hitting and technical style in the ring as well.

But of all the members Castagnoli would have ties to, Wheeler Yuta is not one of them.

“Cesaro’s awesome,” Wheeler said, during an online FaceBook meet and greet for K&S WrestleFest. “I would support him in any role, anywhere I can see him wrestle. He is incredible but I think he would fit in well with us [in the Blackpool Combat Club], he’s got history with Regal as well.”

Speaking of Regal, he’s been very vocal about wanting Castagnoli in AEW, stating that he would sacrifice roster members to sign the “Swiss Superman.” Since departing WWE in February after his contract expired, Castagnoli has yet to comment on his free agency status and also hasn’t made an appearance for another wrestling company.

His last match for WWE came against Happy Corbin where he lost in under 4 minutes. It was reported earlier this month that the former United States Champion would be taking some time off from his wrestling career to focus on his family.

Tony Khan has been vocal in the past about Castagnoli, stating he’s a fan and has a ton of respect for him as a professional wrestler. It’s unclear at this time where the former Cesaro will end up, but it’s obvious many within AEW would love to see him become All Elite with Wheeler Yuta adding himself to that list.

AEW’s Jamie Hayter would love to be a part of William Regal’s Blackpool Combat Club should the chance ever arise.

During an interview with ourselves ahead of tonight’s Double or Nothing PPV, Hayter was full of praise for the Blackpool Combat Club faction that currently comprises of Regal, Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley and Wheeler Yuta.

When asked outright if she’d have interest in joining this hard-hitting, violence-embracing group down the line, the former SWA World Champion was more than open to sitting under the learning tree of Messrs Regal, Danielson et al.

“Yes, absolutely. Like, I would love to be. If I wasn’t with Britt, I would be gunning to go to the BCC just because that’s my sh*t. They do the stuff that I love doing, and I think that I’m a bit rough around the edges and things like that, like a normal British person is. I would love to be under their wing and learn from them and be more of a lethal weapon in the ring.”

In addition to having William Regal now in AEW to seek advice from, Hayter also had plentiful praise for Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko and Jerry Lynn as other veterans of the business whose brain she enjoys having the opportunity to pick.

Elsewhere during this chat, Jamie was quick to name her dream opponent should Stardom become a part of any crossover event with AEW in the future, which outside talents she’d love to see appear in All Elite Wrestling, the possibility of AEW introducing Women’s Tag Team Titles, and also indicated that she is far from done with Toni Storm.

In a recent interview on Talk Is Jericho, William Regal discussed working with the Blackpool Combat Club in AEW, having creative freedom with his character, and much more. You can read his comments below.

William Regal on working with the Blackpool Combat Club in AEW: “When I was asked to come here, it’s like, ‘Can you just give me like a month to get my legs underneath me a little bit?’ You know what I am like, I can’t help my wrestling brain. I don’t feel like it’s up to where it needs to be, but it’s getting there. It’s just figuring it out. I’m in a new company, and there are a lot of things – I’ll be honest about this, I’ve just been in the job that I’ve been in, you come in here and go, ‘What’s everybody gonna think?’ Or, ‘do they think I am going to be a direct hotline back to the old company?’ Which is not my way, and enough people know me to know that. My word is my word, and I’ve come in here and I work here now. I’ve been a different role for whatever the last amount of years on TV. I’ve been out to strictly deliver messages and be a straight act with the general manager thing. I’m just getting used to that. It’s so different. I am fortunate enough that you’re in with these fellas and getting told that is why you’re coming in is one thing. But actually, ‘Oh wow, we’re not giving that away here but I am just watching what’s going on.’ It’s mind-blowing. I am getting giddy over it again. You couldn’t ask for anything better.

On having creative freedom with his character: “I’ve got the freedom to just be me again and have my little nuances and little twitches and ticks and stuff when I am out there. Or just talking, which I go all over the place with. I have no idea where I am going to go when I go out there, same when I used to work. Basically, although I am not a jazz music fan, I like listening to it live. But I was a jazz wrestler. I just used to go out there and go wherever it went. Now, I’ve got that freedom to do that again, and I can be in there with them and the people around me are the greatest thing I could be involved in, but not overshadow it, not try and take away. It’s fantastic. I hope that’s coming across right.”

AEW’s Wheeler Yuta recently spoke with Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman on The Wrestling Inc. Daily about getting to work against Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, and William Regal as part of the Blackpool Combat Club. He competed in singles matches against Danielson and Moxley to join the group and admitted that it was his biggest test to date.

“Yeah, both of those matches in consecutive weeks were the biggest test of my career, right? Being in there with Bryan Danielson, who for my money is the best wrestler of all time,” he said. “And the fire that he was trying to get out of me. I could tell that he was hitting me harder, trying to see if I had that fight within me.

“I think I found it, or at least I thought I had found it until the next week when Moxley pushes me even further, and further, and harder and harder. There’s definitely a different atmosphere when you’re in the ring with those guys that you don’t get just on a normal match. There’s something there that elevates you, and you either have to match that, or you’re just going to be left behind. That’s what those matches felt like to me.”

Wheeler Yuta is now a member of the Blackpool Combat Club alongside both former WWE stars and while it was something that came to be naturally, he did have other ideas in his head.

“It all just kind of started happening around me before I ever really found out much of anything,” he said. “Like even the Danielson match I found out on the day of, the Moxley match I found out on the day of. I had a lot of ideas in the back of my head like, ‘what if this happens?’ But I was never explicitly told, ‘alright, this is what’s happening.’

“I had things in the back of my head, that I was getting ready like, ‘well if this happens, how would I approach a match with Danielson, or how would I approach a match with Moxley again?’ But, there is never anything definitive until right before it happens. I had things in the back of my mind, but I was never 100 percent sure.”

This journey began for Wheeler Yuta when William Regal slapped him in the face. Yuta would go on to face grueling punishment to further be initiated into the faction. Hausman asked the young AEW star if he was confident Regal would shake his hand and welcome him into the BCC following his brutal match against Moxley.

“I think it really depended on my performance, I really do think it did,” he said. “Everything obviously worked out, and I think I did as well as I could in that match. I think it was the best match I’ve had. But that was one where I was like, ‘I really hope, legitimately really hoped, that I could make these guys trust me, and that they’re proud of me, and that they think that I can do this moving forward.’ I think I pulled that off.”

For Wheeler Yuta, he is now trying to work on his promo skills, something Bryan Danielson said he needed to refine throughout his career much like Yuta will.

“It’s absolutely a part of my game that I have been working on, and been trying to improve, and they’ve been very helpful with a lot of that. It’s really cool to be able to stand there and do interviews with them,” he said. “On Dynamite, we did one before the match with The Gunn Club that aired that week on Rampage, and just being able to kind of discuss with them how they approach just doing interviews was mind-blowing to me.

“They’ll stand in front of mirrors and work on gestures, and things like that. Things that I never thought of, there’s drills for that, just like there’s drills for being in the ring. Being able to stand by them and learn from example watching them, and also having my little moments where I can interject my own verbiage, or my own personality has been really helpful.”

The new ROH Pure Champion and AEW wrestler Wheeler Yuta was a guest on the latest episode of SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio, which was recorded before last night’s classic bout with Jon Moxley on AEW Rampage.

Yuta was scheduled to face Jon Moxley on AEW Rampage last night, and he noted that he is no longer scared of the former AEW World Champion.

“Moxley and I have had a few battles before,” Yuta said. “The first one, I don’t know if you could call it a battle. A massacre would probably be a better assessment of that. I think it lasted maybe less than three minutes. But, now, now it’s a different ball game. I’m not scared of Moxley anymore. There’s nothing he can do to me that he hasn’t already done to me.

“He has beaten me down, bruised me, battered me. All I can do now is give my best and show that I deserve to be in there. I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve, I think, tonight. We’ll see. My goal is to earn his respect, and if not, just get that win. Tonight’s definitely a level up for me.”

Wheeler Yuta also disclosed that behind the scenes at All Elite Wrestling there is a positive competitive environment, but realizes that because of the large roster, wrestlers have to level up or get left behind.

“AEW is such a competitive environment, but in the best way possible,” Wheeler explained. “It’s very positive and uplifting, but there’s just so much talent. So much that you have no choice but to either level up or get left behind. So I think being put in the environment has really helped me out and has allowed me to grow both as a wrestler and just a human being.

“Just being around all these people that I respect so much, who have done it for years and years, it’s an environment where you really have to get stronger, get better, or else you’re going to get left behind. So, I think being in AEW has been the best thing for my career.”

Yuta squared off against Bryan Danielson last week and revealed that it was so cool for him to be in the ring with someone that he has looked up to for so long.

“Last Wednesday against Bryan Danielson was so cool,” Yuta said. “It was in the Colonial Life Arena. My parents now live in South Carolina so they were – this is the first time that they’d seen me wrestle since I was like 17-years old. Being in there with someone that I looked up to for so long. I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I used to pirate ROH DVDs with his matches on them. Custom Bryan Danielson compilations that I made.

“So it was really cool to be able to have that come full circle, and it was someone that – and to be able to do it in front of my parents, that was really special to me. Parents, a lot of friends were there. It was a great night, for sure.”