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Today’s topic: With Jack Swagger introducing Zeb Coulter (Dutch Mantel) on Raw Monday night as his manager, it begs the questions – is it time for wrestling managers to make a comeback in the industry? Or has the business changed to the point wrestling manager won’t work on the same level they once did?

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12 Responses

  1. MC Live says:

    Managers won’t have the same importance they once did. If you can’t be the star yourself, a manager won’t help you. But they should be brought back. Main eventers don’t need them, but some mid carets do. Like Swagger. Managers could be very useful in building a younger star

  2. Alex says:

    I think having managers are one of the best ways to build a superstar, Paul Heyman & Ric Flair being perfect examples.

  3. Scott says:

    Yes, managers should make a comeback. With the right manager, it’ll helpnyou get over even quicker. Example: Some of the guys Bobby Heenan managed over the years. Plus, if you can’t talk a good game yet, having a manager do so is a huge plus.

  4. Tony says:

    I had very little exposure to him, but to me Abraham Washington was a breath of fresh air. He took a solid team with good in ring skills and gave them that little bit of extra they needed. Yes bring back managers, but please make them intricate in the upbringing of the wrestler and not heat mongers.

  5. Frankenzilla says:

    I liked Umaga and Estrada a few years ago.

    I always liked when monsters turn on their creators like frankenstein. Cool to see it happen. Hope it happens with Big E & Ziggler, liked Batista when he did it to HHH.

    Its easy to pull off but it is an effective way to put over the “monster”.

  6. Frankenzilla says:

    I think it would be interesting to see Another 3 man team.

    Maybe Cesaro, Barrett & another heel.
    Maybe turn Sheamus heel.

    The European Legion. Or something like that.
    Matching gear just like the Shield has done. Maybe black jackets, european legion the back with their contries flags below the words.

    And to replace Sheamus as top face on smackdown. Ryback.

  7. VDT says:

    Thing this there must be a wage bugdet so are they gonna spend it on in ring talent or a old fat bloke standing at ringside?

  8. Paul says:

    The business needs managers again. I miss the days of heel stables like Heenan’s family, Slick, Hart and Fuji’s guys. Gave more angles to the angles, and worked as mouthpieces for some of the guys. Bring em back!

  9. matt says:

    Managers should definitely be used more regularly. Theyre not only a great way to help build up young talent but they can add so much to a match and help keep things interesting! If you have an unpredictable manager at ringside, you never know if or when theyre going to interfere & it keeps u watching plus it distracts the opponent which is another advantage of having a manager. Also if they can take the crowd’s attention during slow points of the match like sleeper holds or chin locks, it keeps the crowd in it and its a great way to draw heat which is probably most important. If you’re getting a reaction, you’re getting over and when you’re getting over, you become a threat.. Managers are a great way to draw heat

  10. -J- says:

    Yes, go back to the edgy 80-90s gimmicky pg wwf style including over the top managers that give the otherwise stale talent a much needed boost of personality…not every rassler can get over on his or her own.

  11. Denis says:

    Wrestling needs managers. Always have, always will. I remember the old Memphis days when Jimmy Hart used to bring in wrestler after wrestler to defeat Jerry Lawler. I remember the Dangerous Alliance and Paul E. Dangerously. Jim Cornette and his Midnight Express. Captain Lou Albano, Bobby Heenan, Classy Freddie Blassie, Sir Oliver Humperdink and his House of Humperdink, Paul Jones and his stable trying to end the career of Jimmy Valiant, JJ Dillon and The Four Horsemen, man, the list goes on and on. And you remember those angles, not like most of today’s.

  12. Greg says:

    Always been a huge fan of Managers and there stables, excellent way to get young talent over starting them out as tag teams getting there mic skills better. I miss the days of Jim Cornette, Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, JJ Dillon, Lou Albano, Freddie Blassie, Oliver Humperdink, DDP, Skandar Akbar, Sherry Martel, Adnan AlKaissie, Eddie Gilbert, Missy Hyatt, Gary Hart roaming the ring side, giving orders and ever once in a while getting involved in the matches at just the right time.

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