Former WWE manager Dutch Mantell, best known in the company as Zeb Colter, says Vince McMahon doesn’t trust all the talent he has at his disposal.
In recent months, WWE has cut swathes of their roster from their contracts while All Elite Wrestling has been signing up the cream of the crop in the wrestling world.
Since spring AEW has added former WWE Superstars Andrade El Idolo, Malakai Black, Ruby Soho, and Adam Cole to their ranks. This is as well as the huge signings of former WWE Champions CM Punk and Bryan Danielson.
Speaking on Smack Talk, Dutch Mantell says he thinks AEW is letting a lot of talent show what they can do without the micromanagement that occurs in WWE:
“All these ex-WWE guys are coming in. I don’t know because if it’s all ex-WWE guys, they can still have great shows. They showed you what they could do in WWE if they let them go with it. But I don’t think Vince (McMahon) trusts talent. I mean he will probably let top talent say what they want to say, but he doesn’t trust, you know, the underneath brand. Because there’s no telling what they’ll say. I never liked the micromanaging when I was there. I dealt with it because I had no choice. You deal with it and try to get with it the best you can.”
With the Wednesday Night Wars ending after WrestleMania 37 with NXT’s move to Tuesdays, all eyes have now turned to demo ratings between both company’s flagship shows RAW and Dynamite. Dynamite has now beaten RAW two weeks in succession for the much sought-after key demo of 18-49-year-olds, this was despite RAW on the 13th of September seeing a new WWE Champion crowned as Big E cashed in Money In The Bank.