It would appear that there is no end in sight to WWE authority figures or G.M. characters. Vince McMahon made an appearance at the WWE Friday Night SmackDown taping for the first time in ages to announce a new G.M. to run the show.
Vince McMahon opened up the SmackDown taping with a big announcement. The new SmackDown General Manager was put in charge by the Chairman of the Board himself. The new G.M. is a five-time, five-time, five-time former WCW champion and his name is Booker T!
What was really odd about this announcement was the text the WWE sent out earlier in the day around 6 PM/EST. “BREAKING NEWS: Mr. McMahon will name the new General Manager of SmackDown at tonight’s live event, and there is strong speculation it will be Booker T.”
As soon as I read that message I figured there would be no way the G.M. would be Booker T. Even when I read spoilers at the beginning of the night I just assumed that it would all be swerve. I am really surprised that the WWE tipped its own hat in that manner. I can’t ever recall an obvious bait and switch headline out of the WWE stopping at the bait like this one.
If the new G.M. role keeps Booker away from the announcer’s table than I am happy. I like Booker and always found him entertaining, but he is just terrible as a commentator. He is unoriginal and repeats many of the same lines over and over again. I am sure that a lot of it is thanks to Vince McMahon chiming in through his headset, but after awhile it gets to be pretty obnoxious. Teddy Long will also serve as Booker’s “senior adviser.”
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