Former WWE manager Dutch Mantell recently shared his insights on the impact of CM Punk's sensational return to WWE, particularly on the trajectory of current champion Gunther's career in the Stamford-based promotion. Punk, widely recognized as "The Best in the World," made his much-anticipated comeback at last year's Survivor Series: WarGames.
Following this, he became an exclusive member of Monday Night RAW and swiftly set his sights on the Men's Royal Rumble Match, emerging as one of the top contenders to clinch the coveted title this year. During an episode of Sportskeeda Wrestling's SmackTalk podcast, Mantell, a respected figure in the wrestling community, expressed his views on the dynamics within WWE since Punk's return.
He highlighted Gunther, known as "The Ring General," as a dark horse in the organization, questioning his current standing amidst these developments. "Where is Gunther in all of this? I think that's the jewel they have sitting over there," Mantell pondered, acknowledging the wrestler's potential.
Mantell on Gunther's Future
Mantell concurred that WWE's initial plans for Gunther, the reigning Intercontinental Champion, might have been delayed due to the reshuffling caused by Punk's return. Despite this, he remained enthusiastic about Gunther's prospects, particularly a potential face-off against Roman Reigns.
"The later they wait, if you fail, you at least get a year out of it. But he's (Gunther) not gonna fail... I would actually love to see Gunther vs. Roman," Mantell stated, underscoring his confidence in Gunther's abilities. In recent weeks, Gunther's absence on RAW has been conspicuous.
Meanwhile, his ally Ludwig Kaiser has stepped up, notably defeating Kofi Kingston this Monday on RAW, following an incident where Kingston injured Giovanni Vinci. As the 2024 Royal Rumble Premium Live Event draws near, the wrestling world is abuzz with anticipation over how Gunther will respond to the evolving landscape of WWE.
His next moves are eagerly awaited by fans and analysts alike, especially in the context of CM Punk's impactful return and the rising stakes in the championship scene. This dynamic interplay of wrestling titans makes for an enthralling narrative, one that continues to captivate audiences and shape the future of WWE.