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Dutch Mantel (a/k/a Zeb Colter) told me earlier this year on the July 14 episode of the PWTorch Livecast that Donald Trump owes him because he lifted his campaign speeches from his WrestleMania 29 promo.
“I got a bone to pick with Donald Trump,” he told me. “At WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey, I went out in front of 82,000 people – it was Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio. And Donald Trump was there. After the match, I didn’t know he was there, but I sat down in the viewing area. A match or two later, Donald Trump walked in the viewing area with his daughter and his two sons. He walked up to me and tapped me on the shoulder and I looked up and it’s Donald Trump. He stuck out his hand and we started shakings hands and he said, ‘I really, really enjoyed your speech. It was fantastic.’ Then he walked off. And then I got to thinking when he started running, what he did is he stole my gimmick. He just renamed it ‘Make America Great again’ instead of ‘We the People.’ I think he owes me. He needs to Tweet my name or something. I need some sort of recognition for helping him out.”
So what exactly did Zeb say that got Trump’s approval? Here’s my summary of the speech from the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter #1299 covering WrestleMania 29.
Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger arrived to the ring in their camouflage vehicle called the Patriot Patrol. Zeb said this past week he walked “these filthy streets of New York. He asked, “When did we let them take over?” He stressed “them.” He said it was once a beacon of American prosperity and “now it’s not even worth the beads we paid for it. All it is is a cesspool of criminals, illegals that snuck across our borders and they speak Spanish and they speak Italian and they speak Greek and Chinese and they speak something called Yiddish and they plot God-knows what against us.” Swagger said, “We the People.”
Dutch may have said those things, but that doesn’t mean he agrees with them in real life enough to have support Trump’s run for President “I do like Trump,” he said. “I don’t really care for Hillary all that much. But Donald, I don’t know what he stands for; I really don’t. I think it would be a much better relation if you had Judge Judy vs. Nancy Grace. I think both of them would do a better job than the two we got. I don’t care much for Hilary, I don’t care much for Trump. You gotta be careful. Jerry Lawler said he supported Trump and he got death threats.”
Keller’s Analysis: I mean, you have to wonder, did that WrestleMania 29 promo actually spark Trump’s whole campaign tone and inspire his stump speeches? Could Trump be President Elect today because of a heel manager’s promo at WrestleMania 29? Dutch’s anecdote plus the similarity between their comments about America and immigrants is uncanny. Someone should ask Trump. What do you think?