Following Teddy Long this week, there will be two more weeks of former GMs handling booking duties for Raw and Smackdown until a new, permanent GM is named for both shows on the 1000th episode of Raw July 23.
I tossed out a bunch of possibilities for returning GMs a few weeks ago, but this article is going to examine five possibilities whom the WWE Board of Directors could name the new permanent GM of both shows. I've decided to rule out all former Raw general managers, as I don't think they want to waste a big hook of the 1000th episode on someone we've already seen in this position, but there is at least one name who had run Smackdown in the past I thought was worthy of consideration.
5. Jim Ross/Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/Booker T
OK, this is cheating by naming four people in one shot, but really, I wouldn't mind any of them moving from behind the commentary booth to the front office as the general manager. The commentary is one of the worst things about the WWE for the past few years, so anything to shake it up would be welcome. Plus, I think any of these men could handle themselves as the general manager. I'd think Cole would be the most likely candidate and Ross the least likely, since he isn't regularly on TV now anyway. I fear that Cole would take the job but continue to do commentary.
4. Paul Heyman
Heyman, the current legal representative for Brock Lesnar, could petition the Board of Directors to make him the general manager in exchange for dismissing several lawsuits against the company and Triple H. It would certainly make for an interesting few months of WWE television until Lesnar's contract ran out, then we'd likely be back in the same situation getting a new authority figure. Heyman can certainly hold his own on the mic and I'd love to see him feud with one of his real-life proteges, CM Punk.
3. Eve Torres
This is probably the safest and least exciting decision, but one I think is very likely and could turn out to be a good one. Some of the most intriguing general managers have been females -- Vickie Guerrero and Stephanie McMahon -- and Eve could follow after performing her role as the executive administrator to Laurinaitis to perfection. While Steph and Vickie were manipulated by their storyline husbands Triple H and Edge, Eve could be the one doing the manipulating of the male Superstars this time around, making her the most powerful woman in WWE history.
This would be the choice that has the most impact, but seems incredibly unlikely. The last time we saw Edge, he talked about how his WWE contract was about to run out and rumors are that he decided not to resign with the company so he could pursue other things. Having just recently watched the DVD documentary on the Hall of Famer, I can't help but think he's totally at peace with his life right now and would like to avoid the hectic travel that goes along with being a member of the WWE roster, even if it only means working TVs.
1. The WWE Universe
That's right, don't be surprised if WWE decides to shock the world by announcing that the new general manager of Raw and Smackdown is you, the fans, the WWE Universe. If you have been paying attention, you'll see that WWE is giving this a bit of a test run. Notice the Twitter poll about AJ on Raw and then the post on WWE.com about what her role should be in the WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank? When they announced the move to three hours, it was also noted that the show would be more interactive than any show on television, with viewers making decisions. Here's exactly what was said in the press release: