Apart from The British Bulldog, William Regal is probably as close as UK fans have ever got to seeing a homegrown wrestler capture WWE's biggest prize, with perhaps the best run of his career coming in 2008 when he won King of the Ring.
Regal, who was also serving as Raw general manager at the time, then looked set for a long-overdue upper mid-card push, one that might have culminated with world title gold were it not for an ill-timed Wellness violation right around the same time.
Instead of heading for the moon, the Blackpool-native was forced to take 60 days out, being written off screen after tasting defeat in a loser leaves town match against Mr Kennedy (whose own indiscretions we'll get to momentarily).
He was reinstated to television a couple of months later, but all the momentum was now lost. He was back to being a comedic sideshow, feuding with the likes of Jamie Noble and Santino Marella. Oh, what might have been...