Welcome to the second exclusive FATP column here at wrestlingrambles.com. Hopefully you all enjoyed No Way Out last night and my review of the show which was posted earlier today. Overall, it was a decent show, not great, but not a bad summer PPV from the juggernaut that is WWE.
You’ve probably heard the result of last night’s main event, where John Cena beat the Big Show in a “Steel Cage Match”, which resulted in Vinnie Mac firing Big Johnny, before Cena gave Laurinaitis an Attitude Adjustment through the Spanish announce table. That poor table man, what’s it done to deserve that? Every time you see the Spanish announcers during the broadcast, you know that their table isn’t going to be in great shape at the end of the night! Laurinaitis’ firing leaves us in a bind. There’s no authority figure for Raw or Smackdown, so who’s going to steer the ship going forward? In honour of John Laurinaitis, and in the name of People Power, I’m going to look at five potential replacements for Big Johnny. As always, feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comment box below and let’s get to it!
Although William Regal has been a general manager before, I think he’s effective in that role. Regal’s a great talker and he’s got an air of authority around him. Don’t let the fact that he’s never been a WWE or World Champion distract you from the fact that he’s also a great wrestler. The reason that I’m suggesting Regal is that, after barely being seen on Raw or SmackDown over the last year or so, he was involved in a backstage segment with Mr. McMahon last week on Raw. Could Vince have been interviewing Mr. Regal for the position of general manager? Only time will tell.
There was a time where I’d change the channel whenever Vickie appeared on-screen. Since then, I’ve grown to appreciate her for what she is: she’s a tremendous modern-day heel manager. As soon as she appears on stage, shrieking “EXCUSE ME!” at the top of her voice, I sit there and laugh. There are very few people who can do what Vickie does, and that’s get genuine heat for her clients. Moving Vickie back to the position of general manager lets Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler break away from her without having to feud with each other and it keeps Vickie on TV without losing any heat.
When you look at Cole’s face, it’s a face that only a mother could love right? Yup, Michael Cole is on this list. When Cole is playing the heel role at full tilt, he’s a complete jackass on commentary, but if you switch him from behind the desk into a “position of power” and it would be a tremendous move by WWE. Taking Cole off commentary on Raw and SmackDown means that, if they want to, WWE could recall Jim Ross to the announce booth before the three-hour Raw shows begin at the end of July.
Mick Foley returned to WWE from TNA late last year and he’s been used sparingly. In the last week, WrestlingInc.com’s Daniel Pena reported that the reason for that is because Triple H feels Foley is: “an out-of-shape nobody who should be paying us to appear on our shows.” If that’s the case, and I’ve no reason to believe it’s not given the source, then Triple H needs to do what Vince McMahon has often done, and do what’s right for business. If the opportunity arose to have Foley back on screen and it could be worked around his schedule, then there’s no reason why Mick couldn’t be an effective general manager.
Since turning into a fully-fledged bad girl, Eve Torres has been one of the standout on-screen performers in WWE. She looks even sexier and she’s had a lot of screen time since becoming the administrator to John Laurinaitis. It’d be a shame if WWE let all their time go to waste by leaving Eve at the wayside now that Johnny’s been fired, because they’ve spent so much time developing her into the best female heel authority figure since Stephanie McMahon. If it were up to me, I’d replace John Laurinaitis with Eve Torres and let’s see what she can do!
I know that not everybody will agree with me choosing some of these names, but they’re the only five I could realistically think of that WWE could put in the role. They’re not going to put Vinnie Mac back on TV every week and Mr McMahon-in-law, HHH, will be busy being Brock Lesnar’s punchbag throughout the summer, so their options are limited. I think it’s better when there’s a heel authority figure that the babyface has to go up against. It creates more entertaining TV than a happy, smiley authority figure that gives everyone what they want. Mind you, that’s just my opinion, I know you’ll have your own. Feel free to either get in touch with me on Twitter, @georgec1982, or leave a comment about the article and let’s talk it out!
I’ll be back next week with the latest edition of “From Across the Pond”, exclusively for all of the readers of wrestlingrambles.com, so until then, thanks for reading and have a great week!