Why WWE Sucks - Part 1: The General Manager
by, 07-25-2013 at 01:13 PM (10377 Views)
I thought I would do a blog series different than others and something I have wanted to do for years but never found the time or motivation. This blog series I call 'Why WWE Sucks' and in each blog entry I will list a reason for their failures and a possible solution. Let's face it, WWE has so many issues that you can write an entire book or two on it. Instead of boring people to death with a book, it would be better to just make short entries once in a while.
I will be doing a series of these blogs whenever I can. The first installment is about General Managers.
I think the concept of a General Manager is great. Some may say it is outdated but with the right use it won't seem to be. The WWE has misused and overused this concept so badly that it has become a cliche.
The GM is supposed to be in charge of the show, nothing happens without his/her permission and the only person that can overrule a GM's decision is Mr. McMahon. GMs are used to built and continue storylines and are a part of it. Right now in WWE the GM is really useless. You see random guys coming out and challenging someone to a match or a title shot and the champion accepts. What is the point of the GM is wrestlers fix their own matches. Shouldn't the GM interfere anytime this happens and tells them that he/she is in charge and only he/she will make the matches.
This hasn't happened since Eric Bishoff was the GM. It has become so pointless that sometimes the GM only appears once on the entire show and that's all. Bishoff was a part of the show, he was there almost 6-8 segments trying to work matches, talk to superstars, build tension and push storylines. Not to mention his feuds with Steve Austin, Eugene, other guys etc...
Right now the WWE sucks so much that they simply cannot keep the audience's attention span towards the GM and keep it interesting that they have to change the GM on a quarterly basis. I thought AJ Lee was the 'permanent' GM or Raw, but she was gone in what 6 months? Then Vickie Guerrero who god knows how many times has been GM is back and she is gone, now its Maddox. Watch Brad Maddox will not be GM end of this year.
The same can be said on Smackdown, it is so stale and predictable. Booker T, Vickie, Teddy Long or some crappy Diva and repeat the cycle. Wasn't John Lauranitus in charge like a year ago? Since then they have had like what 3 GMs already? Is Mick Foley gonna be the next GM for like a month till they decide to make Vickie GM again?
It is a joke, you can see how they keep shuffling GMs as if the GM spot is like a championship. It hasn't been stable since Eric Bishoff left. In my opinion Eric Bishoff was the best example of a GM. He has a heel, he made matches and was involved in every feud and he made sure his superstars knew he was in charge and that if he was disrespected then there would be severe consequences. When Bishoff was getting stale, did they get rid of him? NO, they simply made Austin 50/50 GM and it was just fun from there on. Austin/Bishoff would argue on Raw about matches and change matches or add stipulations and it was quite honestly fun to watch each other go at it.
I am not saying Vickie, AJ and others were bad GMs, they just were booked so badly and felt more like just someone who made matches for the main event and forget about the rest of the roster asides from Cena/Ziggler. Bishoff made RAW entertaining, he was so good that it felt odd to not see on a Raw in 2002-2005 despite how much you hated him. Would it be the same today? Would people honestly care if AJ, Vickie or the current GM didn't show up for a RAW? As for Smackdown, it is even worse. Teddy Long should either be full time GM or retired, sick of seeing him go back and forth.
The solution to this is, hire someone who has the personality and can do what Eric Bishoff did. Let them be the GM for a long time, possibly 2 years and be involved almost in every single thing that happens on RAW. It has to be someone realistic, someone who is a wrestling guy. Someone who could actually seem like they could run a multi million dollar franchise. Paul Heyman would be an ideal choice for a GM. JBL could be a GM for Smackdown. Other choices would be Shane McMahon. Or how about HHH on Raw, HBK on Smackdown!?
Solve The GM issue and you have one more good reason to have better depth in storylines, better matches, promos, hype, unpredictability and excitement.