We heard on Saturday that the talk coming out of last week’s television tapings was for Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter to eventually feud with Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. There was also talk about the origins of the Zeb Colter character played by Dutch Mantel.
We are able to say with 100% certainly the character was inspired by the RJ Brewer character from Lucha Libre USA. For those that don’t remember, Brewer and Lucha Libre USA were featured on ABC’s Nightline a couple weeks ago. Vince McMahon was said to be livid/jealous that a small company was able to get that type of mainstream media attention for one of their characters.
Vince demanded that WWE come up with someone in a similar role, putting Triple H in charge of deciding how to handle it. Hunter came up with the idea of having it be a manger doing the gimmick, picked Dutch Mantel to play it and decided to put him with Swagger since Swagger has always had the all American gimmick.