Details on Dutch Mantell wanting to ‘freehand slap’ the WWE legend

Former WWE manager Dutch Mantell shared his experience working with Lex Luger.

Lex Luger is known for his work with WWE and WCW in the late 1980s and 1990s. He was part of the Stamford-based promotion from 1993 to 1995 and was co-winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble alongside Bret Hart.

speaking on Wrestling Shooting InterviewsDutch Mantell said Lex was one of the hardest people to work with:

“Lex Lugar was probably the worst. He would talk about himself in the third person and say, ‘I don’t think Lex would do that.’ I wanted to reach out and slap him at one point. I said, “What would Lex do if he just got slapped, then I’ll find out what he would do.” (From 1:48 at 2:22)

The former WWE manager added that Luger was narcissistic and once refused to work in a match with him and Bobby Jaggers because he thought they weren’t on his level:

“Have you seen Lex lately? He looks awful. I mean, I always got on well with him, but he was very narcissistic. I don’t think he’s like that now. You could tell in looking at him that he was like that. One night he didn’t even want to work with me and Bobby Jaggers. It was me and Bobby against Lugar and Tully Blanchard. He didn’t want to work the match because he didn’t think that we were worthy to be in the same ring as him.” (From 3:05 a.m. to 3:58 a.m.)

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WWE Veteran Dutch Mantell Says Lex Luger ‘Couldn’t Work’

Dutch Mantell was not a fan of Lex Luger’s in-ring work. The wrestling veteran said Lex was a “horrible” wrestler who couldn’t work well with others. He added that the former world champion was always busy posing and was not a great professional wrestler:

“Lex was horrible. They pushed him to the moon and back. He couldn’t work. He just couldn’t do it. He was too busy posing and flexing. When I got into the business, they said, ‘The worst thing you can do is have the attitude of a bodybuilder. I said, ‘What does that mean?’ They said, ‘A guy even when you have him down, he poses.'”

To use a phrase from Road Warrior Hawk… “OH WHAT A RUSH”

Lex Luger made a name for himself in WCW, where he was initially aligned with Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen. He won the United States Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship during his time with the promotion.

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