On July 23, 2012, WWE will be presenting the 1000th episode of its flagship show, “Monday Night Raw.” The episode will be three hours long, and will feature not only clips from past episodes of the show, but also returns of past Raw stars. Already advertised for the show is the return of D Generation X, featuring Triple H, and WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels. This particular show will also start Raw being three hours, instead of two each week. I am very skeptical of the move. It worked wonders for WCW when they did the same thing, but that’s Vince and USA for you.
[adinserter block=”2″]Another event that is going to happen is the naming a permanent Raw/Smackdown GM, as most everyone who has been following WWE knows, John Laurinitis has finally been fired by Vince McMahon at No Way Out. In the interim, WWE has brought back former GMs so the Board of Directors can see which one, if any would be a suitable Raw/GM. Of course, the Board could pick their own.
I have been doing some thinking and I figured that some fantasy booking is in order. I thought perhaps one of these people that I am going to discuss will fit the bill. After all, they have a few things in common. They have been known to “draw heat,” when their names are mentioned. They all have a personality where you either love them, or hate them. After all, to be part of WWE, a character has to be able to get some sort of reaction, and get themselves over so the fans buy them as that character. These people are successful at what they do, and have the egos to match. After all, as Raw/SD GM, one has to be able to handle ego-maniacal characters, such as Daniel Bryan.
I know it is not possible for these people to take the job, as this is fantasy booking, but when I see them on TV, in the back of my mind, it is the way they act that makes me feel that Vince McMahon should sign them up for some sort of non wrestling role such as GM.
These are not in any particular order, so here are people I would suggest as Raw/SD GM.
1. Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan
Why he’s a candidate:I knew he had a big mouth when he was Defensive Coordinator with the Ravens. I am not surprised considering his dad being Buddy Ryan. However, when he became the Head Coach of the New York Jets, and had his press conference, I was floored. His guaranteeing Super Bowls, and his obsession with beating the New England Patriots were mind blowing. I could not believe he was that bombastic. Now, he claims he will calm it down. We will see. On the other hand, he does seem to be likable, and does have a good rapport with his players.
His brashness, and boastfulness would get him so much heat, as the target has been on his team’s back. His friendly nature allows for a babyface turn, which would go well with the fans. He would definitely be a heel in the New England, Buffalo, and Miami areas. He is very intelligent. His past indiscretions, such as getting into with fans after the Patriots loss last season would make him a strong heel overall.
2. NBA Commissioner David Stern
Why he’s a candidate: If anyone was a “heat magnet,” it would have to be NBA Commissioner David Stern. I just watched the NBA Draft the other night, and every time that man came out, he got booed out of the building. You could barely hear who was being drafted. NBA fans really can not stand Commissioner Stern. Many fans are angry that the officiating of NBA games, especially playoff games, are so bad, that the game is fixed. Fans blame it on Stern. I agree that the officiating needs some improvement, but I don’t think the games are fixed. People are upset also about some things Stern has done in the past, like implement a dress code so the players do not look like thugs, etc.
Stern would be a great Raw/SD GM, because he is a “heat magnet,” as I said. The man is also very smug, and very condescending. He is a man, you want to hate. Every interview he does, he tries his hardest to make the interviewer feel stupid. Stern really gets on my nerves. I could imagine how he would be with the WWE Superstars as GM. Every time he would come out to the ring, a chorus of boos would come down.
3. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Why he’s a candidate: Much like Stern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also is a huge heat magnet. At the NFL Draft, every time Commissioner Goodell comes out, he gets greeted by boos. He has to be one of the least popular commissioners in all of sports, in my opinion. I don’t know how Goodell could beat Stern in that department, but he does. I have never seen a Commissioner who is pretty much singlehandedly trying to change the game of professional football till it’s unrecognizable. Hey, I fully understand dumping the ultra hard hits, and leading with the helmet, and all that. However, trying to alter kickoffs?
What gets me is that Goodell is left with all this power as far as punishment goes. He is judge, jury, and executioner. Yes, the players agreed to it, but it is one thing fans hate, He would be a great Raw/SD GM because he would have the storyline arrogance of making decisions, and punishing WWE Superstars willy nilly. He also would be booed off the stage, and get incredible heel heat.
4. Tim Tebow
Why he’s a candidate: If anyone is polarizing, I can’t think of anyone more polarizing than
Tim Tebow. I mean, you have those who love this kid to death, and talk about “all he does is win.” Fans here all the talk about him from ESPN, and NFL Network. Fans get bombarded with how Tim is a “good, Christian man, ” and how they “have to like Tim Tebow.” I mean, Skip Bayless from ESPN would beg to be his assistant on WWE Raw and Smackdown.
There are those, like me who are not fans of Tebow. I like the young man as a PERSON, but I do NOT like him as an NFL player. I am also an Episcopalian, so if anyone is going to start the “You’re not a Christian” argument, you are barking up the wrong tree. There are people who feel he is not a good QB, and don’t worship God the way he does, etc.
As Raw/SD GM, he would get such great babyface heat, I think he may wind up challenging John Cena for the company’s top babyface. One caveat would be is like, Cena, it would be difficult, if impossible to turn him into a heel GM. Fans would love him too much.
[adinserter block=”1″]Well, I came up with four pretty good candidates for the Raw/SD GM position. I think each man has their distinct qualifications for why each one should get the job. Like I said, this was just a fun, fantasy booking type of blog.
As for who I think WWE will actual pick, as Vince changes his mind like I change socks, I couldn’t guess. It would be too predictable to say Foley, or Vickie, but I would not be surprised if they do something that predictable.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/missedgehead
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