July 7, 2012
As the WWE Universe eagerly awaits the announcement of the permanent General Manager of Raw and SmackDown – which occurs on the historic 1,000th episode of Raw SuperShow July 23 at 8/7 CT on USA Network – several candidates have already tried their hand at one of the premier jobs in sports-entertainment.
In recent weeks, Mick Foley, Vickie Guerrero and Theodore Long have all had a shot as Interim GM, with varying results. There have been unique match stipulations, surprise title defenses and shocking upsets. In fact, one of those upsets will result in a “temporary promotion” for a certain Long Island, N.Y., resident.
By winning the Great American Bash 20-Man Battle Royal on SuperSmackDown LIVE July 3, Zack Ryder will be Interim SmackDown GM on the July 13 episode. The Long Island Iced-Z will be standing in for one episode, but can a current Superstar successfully fill the General Manager role, as a sort of “Player/Manager”? Superstars from the past like Kurt Angle, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Sgt. Slaughter have done it, but what current Superstars might be up to the job?
If you want a General Manager who always has his finger on the pulse of the WWE Universe, look no further than The Cenation Commander-in-Chief, John Cena. It’s not just about the immense size of the Cenation or his social media support (more than 2,305,000 Twitter followers); it’s about how Cena never turns a deaf ear to his critics. He hears it all, takes it in, and finds ways to rise above it. WWE needs a GM who knows how to make the right decisions as well as embrace the adversity that comes with such a high-pressure job.
With a tireless work ethic and a never-say-quit attitude, Cena has also raised the bar as a true leader for the entire WWE locker room, so drawing respect as a GM won’t be a hurdle. Over his 10 years as a WWE Superstar, Cena has spent extensive time on both Raw and SmackDown, witnessing some of the best (Stephanie McMahon) and the worst (Mike Adamle) brand bosses, which gives the Cenation leader an upper hand in understanding the do’s and don’ts of the crucial position.