And yes, I realize that by that title I've left it wide open for all sorts of entertaining suggestions. My real question is, since HHH went to Raw, and she doesn't seem to be quite the equal of Bitchoff, what does she need to step up and look like good competition? My suggestion? Muscle. She needs some enforcers to carry out her will. I would have loved it if she had brought Bautista or some other intimidating guy to Vengeance to stand in front of the door when she was talking to HHH, or to throw him out when she first met Bish. Or maybe an advisor of some sort, like Regal.
As long as she doesn't scream too much or make herself Women's champ, I won't complain.
"To live like hu-man, to be like hu-man…Why is this not in the Plan?"
I like Steph's current role. Her voice isn't annoying, her hair's straight, the music could go, but you can't have everything. Plus, she didn't really LOSE anything by losing Triple H. What I see them doing now is evening out the rosters a little bit. And with Rock as Champ they haven't been more even.
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I don't accept the premise that Steph looks weaker than Bischoff. I've seen that several times, and I don't know why that is. I find it especially funny since in reality, Steph IS more powerful than Eric. Is it because she is a woman? That's the only difference I see. Isn't that sexism? Where all the folks complaining about McMahon's sexism for the stupid Molly's fat ass angle? Here's a real women's lib issue! Why can't Stephanie be a position of power without "muscle"?
No ges, I don't think it has anything to do with her being a woman. It has to do with Eric being the agressor, the person who is, and already has, trying to raid the other brand's talent. Eric got a headstart since he was on RAW, the first show of the week, and they played up his agression in the past, signing stars away from the WWE.
Stephanie was brought out as the other side, and she started out more defensive than offensively. She was trying to keep triple H, not sign him away. It is just a natural response to view the defensive person as being weaker, and the agreesive and offensive force as being stronger. Is it fair to do that? No. Does sex have anything to do with it? No.
Only yesterday at Vengence did we first start to see Stephanie as being offensive with her "rip the heart out of RAW" comments. Until that point she was being totally defensive, and therefore is percieved, however unfairly, as weaker.
I wasn't intending to say that Steph is weaker because she's a woman, but because Bischoff has some history behind him. Everything Steph has done has been with her brother, her father, HHH, ect. She's NEVER just gone off and done something on her own (and this GM deal is no exception, really.) She doesn't have the "experience" in storyline terms to really be able to fight someone like Bishoff, who even though he did run WcW into the ground, still ran it.
"To live like hu-man, to be like hu-man…Why is this not in the Plan?"
I figure what they'll need to make Steph seem credible is to steal someone back, as compensation. Sure, it's the obvious answer, but it has to happen first for any real interplay to occur. As for muscle, it makes sense to have someone serve as a henchman, personal defender (if she's coming back as a face, can you legitimately call an enforcer a henchman?)... although the person to serve as that defender is beyond my ability to reason. Who's currently not doing anything on her side of the roster?
Oh, and ges, I do like your idea about Steph doing what she does without muscle, but remember: base instincts. Average fans aren't going to see her as a power without either a: muscle or b: innuendos that she's sleeping around. Personally speaking, I'd love to see her character come out as devious as Bisch's character without outside help, but I'm not sure how plausible it is.
You aren't a very bright person, but since you always mean well and you're so likeable, people don't really care.
I guess I've always seen Steph as a strong character. She doesn't come off as meek to me, and her last name is McMahon, which will always mean she has a certain level of power. Though I will grant you that she has always had a partner in crime before, that's something I hadn't thought of. It's a good point.
As far as the feud goes, of course Eric got the better of Steph in round one. But I have no reason to believe that this feud will be one-sided. It's had to start with one of them getting the upper-hand, and it makes sense that it should be Eric, since he's the heel.
Steph getting some 'muscle' wouldn't be that bad. But Eric probably could use some too. It's not like he was protrayed as a bad-ass character in WCW.
Originally posted by Retro RobI agree that she does need a bodyguard to fight some of her battles. Batista shouldn't be the guy because I think he has too much potential to waste in that role.
Uh, what? Batista would have a better storyline as Devon's deacon? At least Steph is going to be in a lot of angles, which means a lot of screen time for a bodyguard character. And at least some fights, if not feuds.
"Nothing remains interesting where anything may happen." -H.G. Wells
Originally posted by TheCowI figure what they'll need to make Steph seem credible is to steal someone back, as compensation. Sure, it's the obvious answer, but it has to happen first for any real interplay to occur. As for muscle, it makes sense to have someone serve as a henchman, personal defender (if she's coming back as a face, can you legitimately call an enforcer a henchman?)... although the person to serve as that defender is beyond my ability to reason. Who's currently not doing anything on her side of the roster?
Hmm. A face enforcer. Would have to be someone big whom the crowd used to pop for and will buy as a protector, but doesn't have anything else to do right now... You may've just found something for them to do with Farooq. Maybe she could steal Bradshaw while she's at it, creating a viable reason for the APA to reform in storylines and making the tag team situation a little less barren.
Zaphod I like it, ecspecially since Bradshaw would have to drop the HC title before he jumped and Bodygaurds wouldn't be in the ring that much just doing beatdowns.Plus it would get Stephie some nice heat to be the one who re-united them.
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