According to the Observer, it looks like Vicki Guerrero (!!!) is going to be the new Smackdown GM. Vince asked her and she accepted, although it was stated that she's probably not going to make many house dates (no doubt slowing ticket sales). Teddy Long will still have an on air role, but that hasn't been defined yet.
As thrilling as it is to have such a great promo artist as her in a prominent TV role (although to be fair, it IS nice, in a weird way, of Vince to give her a job), I'd REALLY like to see Teddy Long manage a heel Bobby Lashley. Teddy's still a good promo guy (and I loved the promos he did when he managed Doom) and he could do all the heavy lifting while Lashley just has to stand in the background and look angry.
As for Vicki, well, I can't wait until Rey gets back.... I'm sure there will be more Eddie storylines....
Kevin Kelly: "Mr. Austin, would you like to comment on Wade Keller's Take that endorsing the XFL hurts your anti-authority character?"
Steve Austin: "Oh shit, he actually said that? I thought the boys in the back were ribbing me!"
Kelly: "No, he really said that. Did they tell you the part about you sitting in the stands, looking all skeptical?"
Austin: "AHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah... oh man that was too much."
I am all for her having a job, but come on. Can't she work behind the scenes doing something?
Teddy is stale as GM, but a heel turn would help that. Even though i would rather see him as a heel manager. Maybe bring back the white boy challenge for Lashley??? Maybe I was the only one who thought that was funny.
Even better, maybe they could actually, I don't know, try something new and realize the whole GM/Commissioner/Authority figure is as played out as anything in wrestling today? For god's sake, they have been following the same formula for these shows for the last 8 or 9 years and they wonder where all the viewers went. Time to reinvent the wheel, or at least update the formula somewhat.
Dean! Have you been shooting dope into your scrotum? You can tell me! I'm hip!
Originally posted by kentishEven better, maybe they could actually, I don't know, try something new and realize the whole GM/Commissioner/Authority figure is as played out as anything in wrestling today? For god's sake, they have been following the same formula for these shows for the last 8 or 9 years and they wonder where all the viewers went. Time to reinvent the wheel, or at least update the formula somewhat.
Actually, Smackdown had the perfect variation on it...Teddy Long as the modern-day Jack Tunney, or the face authority figure who didn't really get involved in storylines. His character wanted to give the fans good matches, made fair rulings, and did his best to promote the show. I thought Long did a perfect job, and so of course by WWE logic he gets demoted. Hopefully Long goes to ECW or Raw to take over one of those empty GM slots, since he has built-in credibility with the audience after two years in the role.
Making Vickie Guerrero GM is....well, weird. I guess they could just apply the Tunney method and have her appear on-camera on an irregular basis and make her a face (since come on, who the hell wants to boo a widow?). But the fact of the matter is she's not an actress, or a trained performer. Can't Vince just cut the family a cheque without making her work for the money?
I don't know what is more disquieting -- the fact that the rest of the statue is missing, or that it has four toes.
Meanwhile, in the USA, there would be two touring brands, most likely Raw and ECW, with Smackdown becoming the Hispanic brand as it is already well established in the market. _____________________________________________________ From the Global Thread
If Da Meltz is correct, this kinda makes sense
NOT JUST A JOB, IT'S AN ADVENTURE! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH, MATEY!
I remember Rita from mid-80s WWF TV programs. Just a regular ref--this was in the pre-Hebner, pre-Davis days when refs rarely got involved in anything beyond the basics. I don't believe anyone made a big deal at the time about a female ref.