GM War: A Great Angle Heading into Wrestlemania 28
The Respective GMs
An All Out War Between the Two Bosses is a Great Concept
Theodore Long has been the general manager of Friday Night Smackdown for many years now. He is in fact one of the longest running GMs in WWE history. He has a credible wrestling background, having managed wrestlers the likes of Mark Henry as well as serving as a WWE official. He is a colorful personality admired by fans for his fun-loving demeanor and his continued dedication to justice and fairness in the WWE. Enter Mr. John Laurinaitis, the Executive Vice-President of Talent Relations and the Interim General Manager of Monday Night RAW. He is another man with a long history in wrestling, being the brother of The Road Warrior Animal and having an in-ring stint of his own during the 1980s. Not so much as vibrant as Teddy Long, John Laurinaitis has quickly established himself as an antagonist, albeit a word-stumbling, oftentimes boring one. Interestingly enough, however, that personality works. It's one the fans love to hate.
In recent weeks we have heard Mr. Laurinaitis and his "legal counsel" David Otunga speaking of a plot to rule both RAW and Smackdown. Laurinaitis has repeatedly bashed Long's competence, and has even assembled a group of followers to speak out against the Smackdown general manager. Now any good member of the WWE Universe would disagree with that point-of-view. We all know that Teddy Long is perhaps the greatest and most just general manager in WWE history. Now, heading into Wrestlemania, we have a great rivalry with implications affecting the entire WWE roster and Universe. After watching the events unfold over the past couple of weeks, I have a good feeling where this one is going, and I am pleased with it. I believe this feud is leading up to a confrontation between Long and Laurinaitis at Wrestlemania. It should not, however, feature a match where the two GMs will actually fight one another (I mean would we really want to see these two old guys wrestle each other?). The two men should (and probably will) choose an individual to represent them and have those two representatives face off at the big event with their respective GM in their corner. It should be something in the same vein as when Bobby Lashley (representing Donald Trump) battled Umaga (representing Mr. McMahon) at Wrestlemania 23. And, much like in that match, much more than a win or a loss in on the line. Now the next question that comes to mind is who each man would pick to represent him. At this juncture, it appears a likely choice for John Laurinaitis would be David Otunga. The "A-Lister" has defeated Ezekiel Jackson twice in a row and that's no easy accomplishment considering Jackson is a monstrous, powerhouse of a man. If this is the choice of Laurinaitis I'm fine with it. Otunga needs a more positive direction in the WWE versus just getting beat up week after week. Now granted I would probably prefer to see Laurinaitis bring in someone totally unsuspected to represent him (perhaps Kevin Nash), but if it is indeed Otunga then it would be a pleasing development of that particular superstar. As for Teddy Long, I believe someone entirely unsuspected should be brought in to represent him. In my opinion, the perfect individual would be someone like Brock Lesnar. That would be the perfect angle for Lesnar to make his return with. Now it's possible that Long would stick with Ezekiel Jackson but, considering Otunga has made quick work of him twice in one week, I don't think that would be the wisest choice. Otunga versus Lesnar would be a legitimate confrontation. We all know that Brock a chiseled monster and Otunga is no little man himself. It would be good for Otunga's career and something fresh for the WWE Universe. Still, someone like Kevin Nash versus Brock Lesnar would be pretty darn good, too. Nash is a much bigger name than Otunga and would probably appeal more to longtime fans. Either way the angle is sound, and we'll have to stay tuned to the programming in coming weeks to see how it plays out.
If such a battle does take place at Wrestlemania then there needs to be a major stipulation, and that would naturally be over the control of WWE programming. If Long's man wins, then Teddy would run both RAW and Smackdown. If Laurinaitis' man wins, then he would run both shows. Again, we have a situation where no matter what happens the landscape of the WWE would drastically change for the better or worse. That's good business and good suspense for wrestling's biggest event.
Teddy and John Fight Over Who Won between Daniel Bryan and CM Punk
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