On this past Monday night’s WWE Payback “go-home” edition of RAW, the longtime General Manager of the show — Brad Maddox — was fired by Stephanie McMahon. With Maddox getting axed, presumably a spot for RAW General Manager now opens up.
The official WWE website recently ran a poll, which asked the question, “Who would you like to see as the new Raw General Manager?” The results for that poll, after 63,206 votes, are as follows:
Hulk Hogan — 44%
Paul Heyman — 11%
Other — 11%
JBL — 9%
William Regal — 6%
Adam Rose — 5%
John Laurinaitis — 5%
Bray Wyatt — 3%
Lana — 3%
Zeb Colter — 1%
Vickie Guerrero — 1%
I think the WWE Universe got it right on this one. As much as I love the idea of multiple Paul Heyman promos and segments on RAW each week, as well as Heyman’s involvement in all of the top story lines, if a new RAW GM were to be selected, it would have to be a baby face.
With The Authority — Triple H and Stephanie McMahon — still a part of the show, and Triple H likely returning to his authoritative role with Evolution possibly disbanding after Payback, the key “authority” figures are both heels. The necessary dynamic would be for a baby face GM to counter the heel authority of, well, The Authority.
In this scenario, it also gives “The Hulkster” an excuse to appear on television on a regular basis, and also gives WWE a way to get more out of a guy they are paying a lot of money to.
Another option, which isn’t listed on this poll, is obviously “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. There are few in the world that are better on the microphone than Naitch, and with his in-ring career finally behind him, there are only a few roles Flair could fulfill if he were to be a regular television character, which recent reports claim he will be soon.
The only other person on the official WWE poll that I would have any interest in seeing as the regular weekly GM of RAW, is John Bradshaw Layfield — and for only one reason — I’m a JBL mark. Plain and simple. I loved the character when he was an active in-ring performer, and I think as a color commentator he’s pure gold. Any excuse to give JBL some promo time and involvement in the main story lines, I’m all for it.
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