During the course of the last 10 days on the Road to WrestleMania, I'll be taking a look at each match on the card individually in order to fully explain the background of the storyline, a breakdown on why each Superstar could and should win, and the bottom line -- my prediction on the result of the match and the immediate aftermath, plus any other random thoughts. Today, it's the 12-man tag team match to determine the general manager of both Raw and Smackdown between Team Johnny and Team Teddy.

Background

John Laurinaitis has gone from nearly getting canned to potentially running both shows. Skipping the gaps in logic here and remembering it is professional wrestling, this match got its official start when Laurinaitis announced he wanted to run both shows at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, and returning heels Alberto Del Rio, Christian and Mark Henry came out to speak in support of him, and against Teddy Long. Over the course of the next few weeks, the two GMs tried to undermine each other at every turn, including taking turns running the opposite show. The match was officially announced by the WWE Board of Directors on WWE.com and the two began picking representatives for their teams. Team Laurinaitis is David Otunga, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre and The Miz. Team Long is made up of U.S. Champion Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, the Great Khali and Booker T.

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Breakdown

Why Team Johnny should win: Simply put, more entertaining television. Laurinaitis has emerged as a terrific on-screen character after initially being an uncharismatic bore. Having him go away while in the prime of his run would be a huge mistake. More exposure is a good thing there. Besides, things are more fun when you have a heel running things. As we saw with Christian, Laurinaitis has promised his team members certain things, such as one more match. (Even thought, because of injury, Christian is no longer part of the team.) What if someone from Team Teddy turned and helped the Laurinaitis crew win the match? For example, Zack Ryder, who was put up to it by Eve, who was promised something by Laurinaitis to get Ryder to turn?

Why Team Teddy should win: This is a tough one. I don't think Long brings a whole lot, and his recent appearances on Raw, which is taped live every week unlike Smackdown, has highlighted his shortcomings on the microphone. The only reason his team should win is to give a push to some of the young, marketable babyfaces on his team like Kingston, Ryder and Santino, or possibly turn one of Laurinaitis' teammates babyface. But to do so at the expense of good television in the long (no pun intended) run isn't a good idea.

Bottom line

Unlike a lot of the other matches, the authority figure storyline will have long-term ramifications for the entire roster, which makes it tricky to pick a winner. Business sense would dictate that Laurinaitis become GM of both shows, because he's a much more intriguing character, while Long is just kind of there. However, because Laurinaitis is still the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, his team could lose the match and he could still appear on TV trying to undermine Long's decisions. Because of that, I think Team Teddy wins. It won't matter when, in six months, COO Triple H emerges to run things and/or fire whoever is running the shows. Whoever from the heel team takes the deciding fall I think will turn babyface shortly after. I envision it being someone like Mark Henry, who has been built up as the dominant member of the team, and who unjustly takes blame for the loss. Perhaps Laurinaitis gets in his face and he gives him a World's Strongest Slam. The real bright side to Team Teddy winning? It probably means Team Johnny's "official announcer" Michael Cole will be replaced with Jim Ross for the duration of WrestleMania.

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