John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long will finally fight each other at WrestleMania 28.
Although the match may not be the best of the night, the battle between Team Long and Team Laurinaitis holds the most weight when it comes to level of importance. When ultimate power of both shows is on the line, nothing may be as important.
To say that Long and Laurinaitis have had their differences is an understatement. The two have been at each others throats for the past several weeks and Long has gotten the best of Johnny Ace every single time. Teddy has pushed Johnny down a couple of times now and it did not sit well with him and his attorney David Otunga.
Currently, both teams are not completely set. Last week on Friday Night SmackDown!, Christian joined Johnny's team when he was promised a heavyweight title shot. Long then decided to add Kofi Kingston to his squad.
According to WWE.com, R-Truth has now joined Long's team as well.
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long revealed that R-Truth would join Captain Santino Marella and four other yet-to-be-confirmed Superstars on Team Teddy in the squad's anticipated 12-Man Tag Team Match against Team Johnny - led by Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis - at WrestleMania XXVIII. The high-stakes confrontation will decide whether Laurinaitis or Long will oversee both brands once the dust has settled at The Show of Shows on April 1.
A report from PWInsider.com (via WrestlingInc.com) says that either Rey Mysterio or Evan Bourne might join the six-on-six battle at WrestleMania.
As we have also posted, Rey Mysterio may end up with the final spot on Team Long for the big multi-man match at WrestleMania 28.
WWE officials have also been considering Evan Bourne for the spot.
There was talk of making the Team Long vs. Team Laurinaitis match an Elimination Match but that would take up too much time.
Regardless of who is on either team, the WWE Universe would like to see Johnny Ace and Theodore Long duke it out themselves. If two sideline commentators like Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler were given three matches, it only makes sense to give these two colorful GMs their own battle.
The match itself will likely take some sort of turn throughout and that will be a perfect opportunity to have both GMs enter the ring and start fighting. Let's be honest here, what would it say about the outcome if either GM did not actually get their hands dirty.
Could the WWE Universe really feel proud about having a GM that controls both shows without him actually fighting? It seems unlikely.
If Long and Laurinaitis truly want total control of both RAW and SmackDown, they must fight each other until one is not standing any longer. Even if they are not booked to fight when the card is finalized, they need to make an impact in the match that would benefit their team and harm the other.
The right thing to do would be to have both men in the match as one of the competitors. Although the match type is not set yet, the right thing to do is to make it an elimination match. Considering Teddy and Johnny would likely play spectator for most of the match, it would be perfect to see them both as the last two men standing.
The wrong thing to do would be to have both of them outside of the ring as spectators throughout the match. Then, as the fight is in full swing, one of them, most likely Johnny Ace, will try to get involved.
The latter scenario is very likely because the former may be harder to book.
Either way, one of the storylines should be in place if the creative team wants to create the most effective story and outcome.
Don't be surprised if the former scenario occurs. A double-elimination by two competitors may make it possible to have both GMs stand face-to-face. With the WrestleMania logo behind the two as they stare into each others eyes will have all the fans cheering as they wait and see who will control the two shows.
An effective leader is one who can fight his own battles. On April 1, on the grandest stage of them all,Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis must fight in their battle in order to prove how much they really want to have complete control both RAW and SmackDown.
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