WWE No Way Out 2012 Results: John Laurinaitis Fired, 5 Possible Replacements
John Laurinaitis was fired to conclude WWE No Way Out, setting the stage for a Monday Night RAW that will answer the inevitable question of who will replace John Laurinaitis as the flagship's authority figure.
Multiple names come to mind as logical choices for Laurinaitis' replacement from Teddy Long to Vickie Guerrero, but the answer could come as a surprise to wrestling fans who have come to accept the GM/authority figure format of WWE's longest-running TV series.
1. Teddy Long
The most obvious and poetic choice for John Laurinaitis' replacement is Teddy Long, who was ousted by Laurinaitis through his team's win at WrestleMania XXVIII.
Long has been subject to embarrassing servant treatment at the hands of Laurinaitis, and his name has been kept in the WWE storylines as of late, possibly hinting at things to come.
2. Paul Heyman
Paul Heyman's ongoing legal disputes with Triple H could lead to a resolution of sorts. Triple H revived his feud with Brock Lesnar Sunday night with a scathing promo, which could lead to a return of Paul Heyman to WWE storylines.
The storylines could see Heyman return as a GM, as part of a legal settlement to prevent him from pursuing further charges against the company.
3. Vickie Guerrero
Vickie Guerrero's continued alliance with Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger has been stale for quite some time, and Guerrero has always been good in the role of heel authority figure.
Fans seem ready to see Dolph Ziggler become a world champion, so perhaps Guerrero could use her stroke as an authority figure to help Ziggler finally achieve his goal.
4. Vince McMahon
Has he caught the TV bug? McMahon was the one who fired John Laurinaitis in the first place, so until a replacement is named, who better than Vince McMahon to continue a RAW ratings surge.
I have long since said that the time for Vince McMahon to be on TV every week has come and gone, but McMahon as a temporary RAW GM couldn't hurt anybody.
5. John Laurinaitis
Who really believes in "firing" storylines these days anyway? Laurinaitis could easily weasel his way back into power through some clever (or logically inconsistent) storytelling.
Perhaps Laurinaitis comes back armed with Brock Lesnar and muscles the power away from the Board of Directors, but a return of Johnny Ace somewhere down the line shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody.
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