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Wrestler Facts

Wrestler Name: Dutch Mantell
Birthday: 29th November 1949
Hometown: Oil Troff, Texas
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 220lb
Previous Gimmicks: "Dirty" Dutch Mantel, Uncle Zab



Title History (3)

08/Aug/1997:USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion - -
[2 Times]:WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion
[2 Times]:AWA International Heavyweight Champion

Biography/Additional Facts

Wayne Cowan debuted in 1973 as Dutch Mantell. He wrestled for various Southern promotions and achieved considerable success in the National Wrestling Alliance.

Mantell was instrumental in the careers of several huge wrestling stars of the nineties, including the Blade Runners, who later went on to achieve notoriety as Sting and the Ultimate Warrior. The Undertaker and Kane both were early recipients of Mantell's astute wrestling knowledge, which served them well later on in their careers. Mantell also is credited with giving Stone Cold Steve Austin his stage surname, since Austin's real name is Steve Williams which was also the name of "Dr. Death" Steve Williams. At the time, he was a booker for Jerry Jarrett's Memphis territory.

Mantell formed several tag teams throughout his career, including The Kansas Jayhawks (with Bobby Jaggers) and The Desperados, which lasted only two months. Mantel achieved his greatest notoriety in 1980 when he and then-partner, Cowboy Frankie Lane, as Los Vaqueros Locos, sold out the 16,000 seat Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico for an unprecedented 9 weeks in a row, an attendance feat that still holds to this day.

When the independent wrestling promotion Smoky Mountain Wrestling, promoted by Jim Cornette, opened in 1991, Mantell served as the original color commentator for the television broadcasts. He was joined by Bob Caudle and would give something of a heel perspective to the television show. He also hosted a weekly talk segment called "Down and Dirty With Dutch," where he would interview the stars of SMW. He remained with Smoky Mountain until around 1994.

In the 1990s, Mantell appeared in the World Wrestling Federation as Uncle Zeb. He was the manager of The Blu Brothers and later Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw. He also had a brief stint in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as a member of The Desperados. Mantell later joined the Puerto Rican International Wrestling Association as a creative consultant which included writing/producing and booking 4 hours of original TV programming per week and remained there until September 22, 2003. Mantell set a record in the number of hours that a single writer produced a TV wrestling show as he was responsible for 4 hours a week, 52 weeks a year for a total of 208 hours a year for 5 years straight while in Puerto Rico. His ratings also set records as his shows regularly ranged in the 12 to 15 range with his highest being an 18.1 with a 55 share of the TV viewing audience while working for WWC in 2000.

Since 2003, Mantell has worked behind the scenes as a writer/producer for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling most recently as a member of a committee which includes Vince Russo and Jeff Jarrett.


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