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Legend claims Paul Heyman didn’t help departed WWE Superstar

Dutch Mantell has offered his brutally candid take on Cesaro’s short-lived WWE alliance with Paul Heyman in 2014.

One of Cesaro’s greatest WWE moments came at WrestleMania 30 when he won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The following night, The Swiss Superman broke up with Mantell and declared himself the “Paul Heyman Guy”.

Mantell, known in WWE as Zeb Colter, discussed the development of the storyline on Sportskeeda Wrestling’s “Smack Talk” show. He revealed that WWE leadership wanted Cesaro to become more villainous alongside Heyman. However, the partnership didn’t work out and only lasted a few weeks:

“They took him and brought him to Heyman,” Mantell said. “They explained it to me: ‘Well, let’s heat it up a bit.’ I said, ‘Really? You want to tease him? How’s Paul… what’s he going to do?’ Well, it turns out he did absolutely nothing because about a month later he was back on his own.” [5:54-6:21]

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Watch the video above to hear Mantell’s thoughts on how WWE Superstars may have reacted to Triple H taking over as creative director from Vince McMahon.


Dutch Mantell would not have booked Cesaro with Paul Heyman

Cesaro and Jack Swagger, known as The Real Americans, were among WWE’s most formidable tag teams between July 2013 and April 2014.

Mantell, the tag team manager, felt WWE decision makers were wrong to split the duo after just nine months:

“We would all have been better off if they’d left Cesaro with us,” Mantell continued. “I mean, I think Jack and Cesaro made a great team. They had a great gimmick. I could get enough heat just talking. All they had to do was go in and work their ass off and end the match. I think that was a missed opportunity, a big one.” [6:29-6:49]

Cesaro and Swagger have feuded with the likes of Cody Rhodes & Goldust and The Usos during their time together as tag team partners. Despite their undoubted skill, The Real Americans have never won the WWE Tag Team Championship.

Swagger (Jake Hager) joined AEW in October 2019. Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) left WWE in February 2022 and made his AEW debut in June. He recently defeated Jonathan Gresham for the ROH World Championship.


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