When Vickie Guerrero was named the "managing supervisor" of Monday Night Raw following the controversial resignation of AJ Lee, World Wrestling Entertainment set about righting a wrong.
Over the spring and summer, the AJ character had gotten so hot and had become so popular with the audience that the company gave her an expanded role as the authority figure on the company's flagship program. Unfortunately, that role eliminated many of the aspects of the character that made her so popular with the audience in the first place.
Vickie Guerrero need not lose any aspect of her character to excel in the role that she now finds herself in. She rose to prominence as a performer on the Smackdown brand, serving as the general manager of the brand, an on-screen relationship with Edge cementing her place as the sport's most hated villain.
The authority figure character has always worked best when the person in that role was a heel. It is much easier for the audience to feel sympathy for a hero that has to deal with constant unfair decision making by an evil, relentless general manager or CEO than it is for the crowd to support a person in power that uses their resources to stick it to a heel.
With on-screen boyfriend Dolph Ziggler poised to capture the World Championship, there is great potential for Vickie and Dolph to become a power couple on the Monday night program, the likes of which have not been seen on Raw since the McMahon-Helmsley Era dominated WWE TV in 2000.
It would immediately elevate Ziggler in the eyes of the audience, and considering that the company has big plans for the "Show Off" over the next few months, that cannot be a bad thing.
Do you believe Vickie Guerrero is the right choice for Raw authority figure?
Vickie's experience in the role is a blessing. At times, AJ seemed out of place in the ring with the likes of CM Punk, John Cena and Paul Heyman. Vickie does not and will not.
Despite her booking at times, Guerrero has regularly been portrayed as a smart, strong woman. She had led her men to numerous heavyweight and secondary titles and never seems out of place standing up to the top stars in the industry.
The only downside of Vickie ruling over Raw is the potential for her character to conflict with CM Punk and Paul Heyman. Punk is the top heel in the company, and allowing Vickie to have the role that she does at this point could, potentially, take away some of the heat the WWE Champion and Paul Heyman have garnered in recent months. Having the GM, or whatever title they are using, being more hated than the top villain in the industry is a problem.
With that said, the positives far outweight the negatives. At a time when ratings are down and the direction of the company seemingly changes on a whim, Vickie Guerrero brings stability to the product, and that, at least for now, cannot be considered a bad thing.