Dutch Mantell Calls Cesaro's WWE Run "Wasteful"

Mantell feels like WWE dropped the ball with Cesaro

'Dirty' Dutch Mantell, better known to some as former WWE manager Zeb Colter, recently spoke with WrestleZone about the WWE departure of Cesaro. 

The Swiss Superman left WWE when his contract expired last month and Mantell, who previously managed Cesaro and his 'Real Americans' tag partner Jack Swagger on-screen in 2013, feels as though the company dropped the ball with him. 

"I don't know how old he is. But I think his tenure in WWE was more or less wasteful, because they let a super talented guy that speaks five languages — especially in Europe, I mean he would be [incredibly over]. He speaks German, French, I think he speaks Dutch, Spanish, English, and maybe one more. So he's a great, great [asset], probably the strongest guy in WWE. I don't know why they never got behind him".

"When he went on TV in WWE, you automatically thought that he was gonna be the one getting beat. Because they did it to him way too much. Way too much and I think he kinda got hot when he was with me and Swagger. Because he brought him over, he got heated up. And I thought that was the idea of putting him with me is to heat him up, but they didn’t even let that set before they took him and gave him to Heyman. And then he died again. See I would have thought if they put him with me and Jack before we split. Me and Jack would have turned on him and got something out of it. We got zero out of it".

Mantell cited a four-team elimination match featuring the Real Americans, Los Matadores, RybAxel and The Usos (where The Usos went over) as an example of WWE making the wrong call, but that the match served as a lesson to Cesaro and Swagger. 

"We were heels but we were getting more cheers than The Usos were getting. It was down to three teams, and then Jack and Cesaro, they got [eliminated] Then when we were walking up the ramp, I turned to Jack and Cesaro and I said, 'you hear that?'. They said, 'hear what?'. I said, 'exactly. You don't hear anything. You know why? Because we're out of the match'. [The fans] wanted us to win it. Now we've sucked the air out of the building, and now they didn't care. And I think that both those guys learned something that day. Because if you take away hope, you don't have nothing. And I think when they yanked those guys out of the match at that point, then people didn't give a crap who won then".

H/T WrestleZone

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