• 007 James Bond Gimmick For Current AEW Wrestler Was Rejected By WWE
While being interviewed on a recent episode of the Smack Talk podcast, Old School Wrestling Legend Dutch Mantell (Uncle Zebekiah in the WWF, Zeb Colter in WWE) revealed that he came up with a 007 James Bond type gimmick for Cesaro, while the Swiss Superstar was still in WWE.
The character would’ve been based on the fictional movie character James Bond (007), originally (1962-2021) portrayed by actors Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
WWE’s creative department ended up rejecting the idea and Cesaro was eventually left the company when his contract expired.
He recently ended up in Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling, where he performs under his real name Claudio Castagnoli.
Here’s what Dutch Mantel had to say:
“Before I left, I said, ‘Listen, why don’t you guys think about this? Why don’t you guys try to do this James Bond 007 look for Cesaro.’ Just see how that’d come out because he looks like a classic European, and he dresses nice, he looks nice.
They didn’t see any worth in that. I don’t even think they knew what I was talking about. They said, ‘Hell, he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.’
But they could’ve done a lot, lot more with Cesaro had they just sat down and thought about it. That’s the problem. They don’t sit down and think about stuff.”
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• Old School WCW Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 52nd birthday of Old School WCW Veteran Doc Dean (Real name: Ian Dean).
Doc Dean used to be a famous wrestler in England (UK, Europe) during the 80s & 90s, often teaming up with British wrestling legend Robbie Brookside, who is now a coach at the WWE Performance Center.
In 1997, after a successful NJPW tour, Doc Dean was signed to a contract by Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling promotion, but despite having high hopes, he ended up being used only as a ‘Jobber To The Stars’ for his entire WCW run.
In 1998, he left the company and retired from Wrestling all together.
Ian passed away in Florida, where he lived ever since he came over to the United States.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE DOC DEAN
July 3, 1970 – August 13, 2018