Former WWE personality Dutch Mantell, known as Zeb Colter, recently shared his thoughts on Shinsuke Nakamura. The wrestler made his return to WWE programming on SmackDown last week after being on the sidelines for nearly five months.

Speaking on Smack Talk, Mantell said that every talent has a shelf life after which they become stale. He suggested that Nakamura is in that phase and that it’s time to let the talent go for a while to keep them fresh in front of fans.

Mantell also mentioned that wrestling fans turn over every 2-3 years, which means that people seeing Nakamura now may not find him as exciting as when they saw him for the first time. The veteran wrestler stated that Nakamura doesn’t excite him anymore and that it’s likely the same for the fans.

“I think every talent has a shelf life. They have a date stamped on. He’s [Shinsuke Nakamura] been there for 7 years, and after a while, he just fades into the woodwork. I think after 5 years, unless they are main event level stars, you need to let him go. Two years, let him come back or something. I think they get stale, and if you don’t really handle them right, you do more damage than they can help you.”


Nakamura defeated Madcap Moss in his return match, and Karrion Kross teased going after the former Intercontinental Champion, suggesting a possible feud between the two in the future.

What are your thoughts on Dutch Mantell’s comments about Shinsuke Nakamura and the idea of wrestlers having a shelf life in WWE? Leave a comment below.

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