Wrestling legend Dutch Mantel has had some harsh words for a recent AEW interview calling it “the worst interview almost ever.”
AEW Rampage Grand Slam aired from Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City with a star-studded line-up. CM Punk defeated Team Taz’s Powerhouse Hobbs, The Lucha Brothers, Santana, and Ortiz teamed to defeat the Hardy Family Office, Penelope Ford defeated Dark Order’s Anna Jay, and in the main event, Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston teamed to face the Suzuki-gun team of Lance Archer and Minoru Suzuki.
As is custom on Rampage, before the main event there is a split-screen interview anchored by WWE Hall Of Famer Mark Henry. This interview began with Archer before Suzuki spoke Japanese in menacing tones. The interview took a turn when a fired-up Eddie Kingston interrupted, even trying to rip his own vest off as he spoke.
According to former WWE manager Dutch Mantel speaking on Smack Talk, the interview was a mess from start to finish – and it was no fault of Mark Henry:
“Mark Henry’s interview has to go down in the annals of the worst interview almost ever because Kingston was talking, Moxley was talking, then Suzuki trying to say something, then Mark Henry is trying to decipher that. I’m going what the hell is going on. It wasn’t Mark’s fault but it wasn’t good.”
Despite not being a fan of the interview beforehand, Mantel went on to say that he was a big fan of the match between the four men:
“Now, Suzuki, I liked him. You know how many bumps he took in that match? Zero. That was the best match of the night though.”
Kingston won the contest for his team when he thrashed Lance Archer who was trapped inside a trash can with a kendo stick. Former Ring Of Honor Champion Homicide made his presence felt in his hometown as he helped Moxley and Kingston to victory.