Honestly, I have enjoyed this little battle between Teddy Long and Johnny Ace. It replaces the Money in the Bank ladder match, and I am fine with that.
As I wrote about nearly a month ago, there is just no need for the Money in the Bank concept to be at WrestleMania in April. No reason whatsoever.
Taking its place on the show will be a huge tag team match where the winner will decide who is the sole general manager of WWE. It isn't exactly Raw vs. Smackdown, but you get the idea.
As we saw on Monday Night Raw, Mr. Excitement as already recruited David Otunga and Mark Henry. Both men are great talents right now, and I am proud to see them get a nice spot at Mania.
On Teddy Long's side, you have Santino Marella as the captain. Other than than, it is hard to figure out who will round out his team of six.
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston got involved Monday, but they were destroyed pretty easily. Maybe Mick Foley is still going to end up in a match in Miami?
You just never know.
The question in the end is very simple: Who wins?
Will Teddy Long be running Raw and Smackdown?
Will Johnny Ace rule with an iron fist every Monday and Friday night?
Honestly, I can't decide right now. The teams have yet to be finalized, and there are still two weeks to go before the event.
What I can say is that I am enjoying the hype. Just like Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, I do hope this ends at Mania. That is where the pay off should come.
How will the match end?
As most know, I am not big on "fantasy booking." However, you have to imagine this story will have a major conclusion. I don't see this ending with just a pin fall and the feud ending.
The controversial topic would involve The Miz. He is trying to do anything he can to get a match, so it wouldn't shock me to see him join Big Johnny or even beg Teddy for a spot on his team.
That would be something.
Other than that, you still have to wonder what Drew McIntyre is doing. His entire feud with Mr. Long has been going on long enough; a proper finish has to be coming soon.
Will that come at WrestleMania XXVIII? We shall see...
If I had to pick a winner right now, my gut is telling me Teddy Long will prevail. That may not be a popular choice, but he has the one intangible on his side that could lead his team to victory.
My "it" girl, Aksana!
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