Wayne Maurice Keown aka Dutch Mantel was born in Walhalla, South Carolina on 29th November, 1949. He graduated from Walhalla high School. Dutch went to Clemson University for one year and was drafted into training for military service in ft. Jackson. He worked in the 25th Infantry Division. Mantel was awarded with the Vietnam Service Medal for his service in the war.
Professional Wrestling Career
Different Promotions (1972-1990)
Dutch wrestled under the name Wayne Conan. Later, he changed it to Dutch Mantel and was also nicknamed as Dirty. He is mostly known for his time in National Alliance Wrestling. Mantel played a huge role to the uprising stars such as Sting, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Undertaker, Kane and The Ultimate Warrior.
He also worked for Jerry Jarret’s Memphis promotion as a booker. During this time, he created various tag teams such as Kansas Jayhawks.
In 1982, Dutch and Jerry Lawler competed in the good guys vs. good guys series. Fans were divided during this series. Mantell managed to defeat Jerry.
NWA World Championship Wrestling
In 1990, Dutch worked as a commentator on WCW and in the following year, he created a stable called Desperados which consisted on Dutch Mantell, Black Bart and Deadeye Dick. The stable was quickly dissolved until the end of the year.
Smoky Mountain Wrestling
When Jim Cornette opened his promotion named Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Dutch joined the company as a commentator alongside Bob Caudle. He would also host a weekly show called “Down and Dirty with Dutch” where he would interview the Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He then left the promotion in 1994.
World Wrestling Federation
In 1995, Dutch made his debut as Uncle Zebekiah. He managed stars like Blu Brothers and Justin Bradshaw. He was released from the promotion in December 1996.
International Wrestling Association
After leaving WWE, Mantel joined Puerto Rican World Wrestling Council as a wrestler and booker. He then joined the International Wrestling Association as a creative consultant. He left the promotion in September 2003.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
In 2003, Mantel joined TNA and was a writer, producer and agent for the promotion. He was a full time creative member. He bought Awesome Kong for promotion in 2007. In 2009, mantel left the company due to creative differences and joined the IWA promotion. He also joined the Showtime All-Star Wrestling promotion for a brief period of time.
Return to WWE
On February 11, 2013, Mantel returned to the promotion as Zeb Colter, representing Zack Swagger. His gimmick was that he strongly disliked the immigrants. In June, Zack severely injured his hand. Therefore, he aligned himself with Antonio Cesaro. After achieving some success, Cesaro dumped Colter as a manager after the RAW following WrestleMania XXX. Antonio revealed his new manager as Paul Heyman.
After taking many hiatus due to multiple injuries, Colter returned to WWE at the 2015 Hell In A Cell, where he would align himself with Alberto Del Rio. On that night, Del Rio would accept the United States Championship Open Challenge, where he won the match. In December 2015, Del Rio ended his association with Colter. He was released from the promotion on May 6th, 2016.
Return to Impact Wrestling
Mantel joined Impact Wrestling in January 2017 as a creative consultant for the promotion. In the next month, he was promoted to head of the creative team. He left the promotion in December after Don Callis and Scott D’ Amore took over as Executive Vice Presidents.