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Dutch Mantell Reacts To Tommy Dreamer Controversy

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Legendary wrestling Manager Dutch Mantell has weighed on the controversial remarks made by Tommy Dreamer on the most recent episode of the wrestling documentary series, ‘Dark Side of the Ring’.

The episode explored the now-infamous ‘Plane Ride From Hell’ which took place following WWE’s UK exclusive pay-per-view Insurrextion in May 2002. The private flight taking WWE Superstars back to the USA saw several performers getting involved in incidents that would result in fines, lawsuits, and even releases from the company.

During the show, a Flight Attendant alleged that she was sexually harassed by Ric Flair. Dreamer was interviewed for the episode and made remarks about the incident which caused a storm of controversy online as it was claimed he was trying to defend Flair’s behaviour on the flight.

Speaking to Sportskeeda Wrestling, Mantell has questioned what the ECW stalwart was doing, saying he seemed to be trivialising the incident.

“Talking about Tommy Dreamer, like you said, Tommy Dreamer, I don’t know what he was doing. But he was basically trying to cover for Flair and trying to make his activities seem like it wasn’t a big thing. But if you put your wife, or daughter, or your sister or cousin or anybody or a good friend in place of the flight attendant, if you put it in a personal context, then you really really mad.”

Soon after ‘Dark Side of the Ring’ aired, Dreamer was suspended by IMPACT Wrestling, where he is currently used both as on-screen talent and in a backstage creative role. He has now released a statement on Twitter apologising for his remarks.

It has also been announced that an ad campaign by ‘Car Shield’ featuring Ric Flair has been “paused” while the company carries out “due diligence”.

H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above quotes