A Possible Storyline to Keep WWE Fans Interested After WrestleMania
April 2, 2012. The day after WrestleMania 28.
After the dust settles on the "Showcase of the Immortals" in Miami, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and possibly Triple H will say their goodbyes from regular programming.
The WWE will have a general manager to look after both shows. The person in the role will have been determined by a 12-man tag team match.
While I personally do not agree with this 12-man match concept for various reasons, I have to concede that the future of the company depends on the outcome of this match and how the WWE carries the show after WrestleMania.
Here, I describe a direction that might be able to keep fans interested in the months after WrestleMania.
A Heel Authority Figure
Authority figures are best when they are angry and vengeful, at least in kayfabe.
The WWE would be smart to use a formula that has worked over the years and have a boss that all the fans can love to hate.
It would make sense for Team Johnny to win at WrestleMania and lead to the rise of an autocratic, power-drunk general manager.
If Team Teddy wins, the victory should be used as a stepping stone for somebody else (perhaps William Regal or Kevin Nash) to usurp power and take control of the show.
A Heel Stable
A heel general manager would work best if he worked closely with a group of heels. Heels organized into a stable makes it easier to have storylines of interference in matches and backstage assault on babyfaces.
A heel stable can function well when it comprises of main-event talent, mid-card talent and tag-team talent. Such a stable can do something that has not been done recently- gather all the championships under one banner. It should also have mouthy managers that fans would love to get their hands on.
If I had to make a powerful heel stable, It would probably consist of Chris Jericho (captain of the stable), Christian, Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Lord Tensai, Primo, Epico, Vickie Guerrero, Ricardo Rodriguez and Rosa Mendes.
Such a stable would be able to capture all the gold and be able to run on both shows.
They could be closely associated with the heel general manager, who would have one or two personal favorites in the group.
A Babyface Alliance
No, not a stable.
An uneasy alliance.
COO Triple H could come back and try to regain control of the shows, but he has no power to make matches without approval from the board of directors. So, he tries to assemble the face superstars in order to weaken the incumbent general manager.
However, the general manager has all the championships in his stable. He creates discord by putting the faces in brutal matches against each other where the winner gets a title shot.
For example, Randy Orton vs Sheamus, in a lumberjack match with heels surrounding the ring.
The heels do not let the referee get a three count for either Orton or Sheamus, resulting in the match breaking down into a brawl and nobody getting a title match.
Making the babyfaces face uphill battles will keep the fans tuned in, hoping for a major victory against the heels.
An Unlikely Hero
Heels have all the titles?
Wait, there is a mid-card title still around the waist of a babyface.
While Santino Marella alone does not do much for the prestige of the United States Championship, having the babyfaces save Santino's belt from falling to the heels would be a signal that the belt means something.
Santino could be booked in triple-threat matches (against two heels) or in a no-disqualification match. Just when all seems lost, he could be saved by timely intervention of babyfaces like CM Punk, Sheamus or Zack Ryder.
Such a booking would make the U.S. title (which does not garner much respect these days) to become a symbol. It would be a rallying cry for the side of good.
The Ultimate Backstab
After a series of mysterious attacks, the babyfaces gather in the ring and call out Jericho and the gang. Jericho appears on the screen as his teammates appear on the ramp. He spews words of hatred and tells the faces that their alliance ends today.
As the heels circle the ring, the babyfaces move towards the ropes to fend off their rivals.
Randy Orton takes out CM Punk and John Cena before rolling under the bottom rope.
While the faces try to comprehend what just happened, the heels move in and beat them to a pulp.
Orton walks to the ramp where he celebrates with Jericho.
No Way Out
Cena wins a No. 1 Contender battle royal to face Jericho inside a steel cage at No Way Out.
Just when Cena looks poised to win, Orton races to the ring. He enters the cage with a steel chair and ensures a Jericho victory.
Sheamus somehow defeats Christian in a cage match with John Laurinaitis as the special guest referee to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.
On the next Raw, Jericho celebrates his victory in the ring with his stable.
Christian asks Johnny Ace for a rematch.
Johnny says yes. It will be in a lumberjack match later that same evening.
Obviously, the lumberjacks are biased and they begin to attack Sheamus.
Then, suddenly ...
The Return of a Legend
Following the sound of breaking glass, an all terrain vehicle comes out on the stage. It races down the ramp and clears the lumberjacks from its path.
Sheamus uses the Brogue Kick to win the match and retain his title.
Austin congratulates Sheamus and announces that he is back to clear the filth from the WWE.
Money in the Bank
Sheamus retains his World Heavyweight Championship against Christian.
Wade Barrett returns from injury to win the Money in The Bank Ladder Match.
Chris Jericho defends his WWE title against both CM Punk and John Cena in a match mandated by the WWE board of directors. Randy Orton interferes to help Jericho win.
Austin comes down to the ring and delivers the stunner to both Orton and Jericho.
Wade Barrett cashes in his briefcase to become the new WWE Champion.
SummerSlam: The 25th Anniversary
The Biggest Event of the Summer now becomes a lot more interesting.
Wade Barrett defends the WWE Title against his former NXT mentor Chris Jericho.
Sheamus defends his World Heavyweight Championship against Dolph Ziggler.
CM Punk, Cena, Alberto Del Rio and Miz compete in a fatal four-way with the winner becoming the No. 1 contender.
And, last but not least ...
Randy Orton Faces Stone Cold Steve Austin
In a match that might be SummerSlam's answer to WrestleMania 28, Randy Orton faces Stone Cold Steve Austin in a one-on-one match up.
This is my idea of how storylines in the WWE should be booked.
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