• Paul Heyman Blamed For Ruining Cesaro’s WWE Push
While talking to Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Old School Wrestling Legend Dutch Mantell discussed Cesaro’s 10 year (2012-2022) WWE run, including the time when he managed The Swiss Superman in The Real Americans.
Dutch, who previously worked for the WWF as Uncle Zebekiah and later returned to the WWE as Zeb Colter, claimed that none other than Paul Heyman killed off Cesaro’s push in WWE.
Here’s what Mantell had to say:
“Well in wrestling when you go into an arena and you got to feel it, you got to feel what the room and how they’re accepting you or what they think about you. And they like these two guys, even though I was the heat magnet for them, they like (Jack) Swagger and they like Cesaro together.
Both guys about 6’5, strong, and then I show up at TV one day and they put him with Heyman and I asked one of the agent, and I said, ‘why?’ and I never doubted anything really. I was glad to be there but I’m thinking, why would anybody make such a move?
He’s getting over. We’re all getting over with this threesome here. Well Vince, he wants to put him with Heyman and then I said, ‘why?’ They said, ‘Vince thinks he can get him heat’. He was getting over with us, he really was and they put him with Heyman and then three weeks later they took him from Heyman because Heyman killed him too.”
Cesaro made his surprise AEW debut at the AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door PPV, where he replaced an injured Bryan Danielson, and is now a full time wrestler on the All Elite Wrestling roster, going by his real name Claudio Castagnoli.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 12, 1986) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1986, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This was the original third nationally syndicated show that later became known as “WWF Wrestling Spotlight” after the August 30, 1986 episode.
NOT to be confused with the famous “WWF Superstars of Wrestling” TV show, that eventually took over WWF Championship Wrestling in September 1986 and ran until 1997, before becoming a recap/highlights show that ran till 2001.
Here’s the card:
Tito Santana & Pedro Morales vs. Scrubs
The Flower Shop feat. Paul Orndorff
The Macho Man on TNT
Harley Race vs. Lanny Poffo