WWE: Why John Laurinaitis Will Not Lose His General Manager Role
The feud between John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long for supreme control over both Raw and SmackDown.
John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long have engaged in arguments and physical altercations over the past several weeks, which will most likely culminate in some sort of match at WrestleMania 28.
The format of the match is still unknown, but there is a good chance it will be similar to the Donald Trump vs Mr. McMahon feud from a few years ago, where each man picked a representative in the match.
John Laurinaitis is still new in terms of being an on-screen character, but his time in the role he was given has allowed him to grow as a performer and actually gain a few fans.
I, for one, love the dry sense of humor and awkward mannerisms of Johnny Ace and I think that he is destined for great things as a heel on the corporate side of things.
Teddy Long has been around for a long time and his character has grown stale.
He has basically been a mouth piece for certain matches to be created, but he has never been the major focal point of a main-event feud.
Long has been in a few romantic angles, but they generally just give one of the Divas something to do until a better idea comes along.
I think Teddy would be best suited as a manager these days.
He is still valuable to the company if they can find the right way to utilize his skills. He is good on the mic and can be a convincing baby face manager for a few superstars and/or Divas.
Laurinaitis is getting better each week and he can only get better if creative keeps putting him in situations where he is interacting with top-level superstars.
How should this feud end?
His exchanges with Punk have shown that he is more than willing to play the fool and his time as a wrestler gives him more tough-guy credibility than Long will ever have.
Mr. McMahon is someone who made his heel character by actually screwing over one of the most popular wrestlers of all time and then capitalizing on it.
Laurinaitis is getting over on storylines alone and that is commendable.
He will always be compared to Vince because of the similar nature of their on-screen roles, but no one will ever have the real heat generated by the Montreal screw-job.
I am really looking forward to what John Laurinaitis brings to the table at WrestleMania and hopefully he can ride a wave of momentum out of Miami and into the Summer.
What do you think, should John Laurinaitis get to stay on as Raw and SmackDown GM or should Teddy Long take over both shows?
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