"Stone Cold! Stone Cold!"
There is no one alive better suited to create excitement headed into WrestleMania than the Texas Rattlesnake, and a light travel schedule might coax Austin back into the mainstream. (It sure wouldn't hurt his bottom line—that is, t-shirt sales.)
It goes like this: John Laurinaitis has been forced to resign after losing to Punk. It's the night after Elimination Chamber, just a few short weeks before WrestleMania.
Triple H marches to the ring in his COO suit, microphone in hand, and says, "It seems there's a job opening here on Raw and I'm behooved by my position as WWE's chief operating officer to fill it on a permanent basis. The Board of Directors are obviously not interested in my return as general manager, so I've had to look elsewhere. I was interested in finding someone who is a proven commodity here in WWE, who can take as good as he gets, and..."
Cue Mick Foley's music.
Before Triple H can speak, Foley interjects: "You and I haven't always seen eye-to-eye, Hunter, but I always knew you were good for business. And what's better for business, right here...in Miami, Florida...than giving these people what they want: Mick Foley, commissioner of Raw!"
Triple H replies, "Mick, I love your enthusiasm, buddy, I really do...But as qualified as you are, I feel like there's one guy who's maybe just a little more qualified than you."
Austin enters to a ridiculous ovation, riding to the ring on the four-wheeler from his tenure as Raw sheriff, and proceeds to hit every turnbuckle with beer in hand and arms upraised.
When he's done working the crowd, Austin takes a microphone and says, "Triple H, I accept the position as Raw general manager on one condition: we shake on it like grown men."
Austin holds out his hand while Michael Cole screams, "Don't do it, Hunter! Stone Cold never wants to shake anyone's hand!"
Triple H mugs for the crowd, asking them what he should do, before going in for a shake and taking a kick to the gut and a Stunner for his troubles. Austin drops and talks some smack in HHH's face before catching and sharing some beer with Mick Foley—who then receives a Stunner, as well.
The Austin Era has officially begun.
Two side notes: This is the best way to offset any ratings loss acquired by moving John Cena to Smackdown and lay the groundwork for a Stone Cold/CM Punk match at WrestleMania 29.
CM Punk: "Hey, Steve...After all these years of fighting Vince McMahon, how does it feel to finally become him? You stick your beer-drinking nose in my business one more time and I'll put you to sleep!"
Austin, coming nose-to-nose with Punk: "Is that so?"
CM Punk: "Yeah, it is, and I'm the only one here with the stones to do it."