At WrestleMania 28 Team Teddy lost, resulting in dear old Teddy losing his position as SmackDown General Manager. Long has been with the WWE since 1999, when he started out as a referee—and excepting a year-and-half-long hiatus from September 2007 to April 2009, Teddy has played the role of SmackDown GM for the last eight years of his career.
So what in the world is he supposed to do now?
Well, after he was a referee and before he became GM, Long was a manager to many heels on RAW; and I think it would befit him to go back to exactly that.
Here are four reasons why Teddy Long would benefit from a move from unemployed GM to manager, playa.
As stated in the opening slide, up until WrestleMania Long had been the SmackDown GM for the last eight years of his career—and in that time he's been little more than a one trick pony.
The meme to the left says it all.
If there were multiple people brawling or bickering in the ring, you could safely bet your life that Teddy would emerge and book a tag match. That was essentially his gimmick as GM: if John Laurinaitis is Mr. Excitement, Teddy was Mr. Tag Match.
It became predictable, and therefore boring.
Now that Long has lost his job not only is it the perfect opportunity for his character to get a face lift, but hopefully SmackDown's matches won't feel so contrived.
Also as stated in the opening slide, Long has managed before—but that experience extends far beyond just the WWE.
A decade prior to joining the WWE Long was a manager for numerous wrestlers within Jim Crockett's NWA and WCW. He led Doom (WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) to a World Tag Team Title, and was awarded Manager of the Year by PWI in 1990.
After moving to the WWE he largely managed heel African-American wrestlers such as D'Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, Mark Henry and Jazz.
As he has such a strong background in managing, it would obviously make sense for Long to move back to that. Additionally, I think it would be good for him to stick to managing heels—it would be a refreshing change for his character, and SmackDown is heel heavy to begin with.
Perhaps he and Mark Henry could team up again. Maybe he could even get a stable going; I know a few people who would be happy to see a resurrection of the Nation of Domination.
Good managers have truly become a lost art within the WWE.
As it stands right now, in my opinion there is only one real manager in the WWE, and that is of course Vickie Guerrero.
Rosa Mendes is a valet, not a manager. Sakamoto, who follows around Lord Tensai, I consider more of an apprentice or servant than a manager.
Managers are there to help their wrestlers get over, whether that means getting boos or getting cheers. If the people they're managing aren't so great on the mic, the managers are there to be a mouthpiece for them. A lot of the time they are there to help a wrestler evolve: the combination of Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler is the perfect testament to that.
There needs to be more true managers in the WWE. It would create a new dynamic and new storylines, and give more people more things to do.
Long has the experience, so there's really no good reason why he shouldn't be a manager.
In short, Long would do well to become a manager unless he wants to disappear.
John Laurinaitis has permanently taken over (whatever that means) as the GM of both RAW and SmackDown, and this week on RAW Teddy was left backstage with Sherlock R-Truth as he tried to find him another job.
Believe me, Teddy: he's not helping.
So get to managing, or else you might find yourself out of a job for real, playa.
Katie Gregerson is a pro wrestling trainee turned pro wrestling journalist and blogger. You can read her posts for theScore's Aftermath blog, subscribe to her blog Ring the Bell! and follow her on Twitter @katiegregerson