Saturday, December 12, 2009

2009 Card-vent Calendar: December 11

December 11, 2009:
1991 Impel WCW #78 Dutch Mantell

The back of this card says it all:
"Dirty" Dutch Mantell is the hairiest wrestler in the world and one of the hairiest experiences any opponent can have in the ring. Usually seen with his lethal bullwhip "Shoebaby," you can expect the Dutchman to break every rule in the book, not to mention a few bones along the way.

His opponent on this card looks to be Terry Taylor (probably best known for his brief stint as the Red Rooster in the WWF). It looks like Mantell has Taylor in some sort of back and torso stretch that I am not well-versed enough in to identify. For Taylor's sake, it's a good thing he's not caught in any move or hold that places his face anywhere near Mantell's sternum. I would imagine that there's nothing in this world like having your face ground into Dutch Mantell's sweaty chest. Yuck.

Here's a great Mantell compilation vid, accompanied by the incomparable Willie Nelson.


SpastikMooss said...

Those WCW cards are so weird. I think I had the whole set at one point, and each guy gets like 6 or 7 cards. So 6 or 7 Mantell variation, 6 or 7 (that is in fact) Terry Taylor variations, 6 or 7 of the Steiners (together and seperate)...weird set.

William said...

This looks like an ancient cave painting.