• Wrestling Legend Says Vince McMahon’s Temper Affected Backstage Morale In WWE
During a recent interview on the Smack Talk podcast, Old School Wrestling Legend Dutch Mantell spoke about Triple H taking over the bookings and the creative process in WWE, after Vince McMahon retired from all of his positions in July.
Dutch stated that Vince’s temper made it difficult for the WWE Writers & Wrestlers to go and talk to their boss.
Here’s what Mantell had to say:
“I did hear that morale of the writing staff in WWE is much higher now. I guess it’s because they are not getting cussed out by Vince! And I think Triple H encourages them and is easy to talk to.
You see Vince, you never know what kind of mood he’s gonna be in. He’s not going to hit anybody, but he had such a mouth, he had such a temper, and I’ve never been on the receiving end of it, but I’ve seen some guys and it’s not fun to watch.”
WWF/WWE fans will remember old School territory wrestler ‘Dirty’ Dutch Mantell as Uncle Zebekiah (WWF), the manager of The Blu Brothers in 1995 and the manager of Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw (later known as JBL) in 1996, as well as Zeb Colter (WWE), where he managed Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro in 2013 & 2014 and Alberto Del Rio in 2015.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 9, 1988) – WWF Wrestling Challenge
On this day in 1988, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
It was broadcasted from the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1988’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
Brutus Beefcake vs. Randy Spear
Koko B. Ware vs. Trent Knight
The Big Boss Man vs. Scott Hudson (not the WCW announcer)
The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. Tony Sober & Gene Ligon
Jim Duggan vs. Al Burke
The British Bulldogs vs. Barry Horowitz & George South
”Ravishing” Rick Rude vs. Joe Cruz