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Vince McMahon Names New WWE SmackDown General Manager – Spoiler Alert

Vince McMahonIt 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.

Spoiler Alert: The rest of the blog contains SmackDown spoilers. If you don’t wish to read spoilers about this Friday’s television show, stop reading now. Okay, you have all been warned.

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.”

I still can’t help thinking that both Booker and A.J. are temporary General Managers. I can’t imagine either having any longevity as G.M. for either brand. I almost get the feeling and maybe it is wishful thinking more than anything that both are just band-aids until the WWE can sign Ric Flair without any legal issues hanging over their heads from the TNA lawsuit. Otherwise both A.J. and Booker seem rather dull as opposed to some of the more entertaining authority figures of the past.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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