The 10 Best Replacements for WWE Raw GM
The Raw General Manager position isn't really necessary.
Given that matches take place all the time without being announced by an authority figure, we don't need someone to "run" Raw. The show can essentially run itself, without a GM, "Managing Supervisor," commissioner or any other authority figure as the on-screen head of it.
Bur I've watched the WWE enough to know that the company loves having someone run its flagship show and, perhaps more specifically, loves having that person get involved in its angles and feuds.
The current head of Raw is the Managing Supervisor (whatever that is), Vickie Guerrero. Yet, she doesn't seem like the long-term solution for the role as the head of Raw.
So, just who will replace her?
Here are what are, at least in my view, the 10 best possible replacements for Vickie Guerrero as the main authority figure on Raw.
10. Matt Striker
You've probably noticed that Matt Striker has had a much bigger role on TV as of late.
He's primarily still a backstage interviewer, but he's found himself annoying a number of WWE superstars and, as a result, being attacked by them. Just recently, he's gotten involved with guys like Kane, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio.
Could this be a sign of a bigger on-screen role for Striker? I think so, and I think stepping in as Raw's next GM makes sense, too.
Given the way he's recently been treated, Striker could easily turn heel and target the superstars who've attacked him, or he could continue on with his current fearful babyface character.
Either way, though, Striker is a very good mic worker who can still wrestle, so there are a lot of possibilities with him as the Raw GM.
He may be a longshot to take over for Vickie Guerrero, but he'd definitely provide us with something different for the Raw GM role.
When's Christian coming back? Your guess is as good as mine.
He's reportedly scheduled to return later this month or in early December, but there's been a lot of uncertainty surrounding his absence from TV, which makes me a bit skeptical of any report regarding his potential return.
If it's true that Christian is recovering from surgery, though, it could be an interesting twist for the WWE to bring him back to TV before he's ready to get in the ring and use him as the GM of Raw.
It's been a while since we've had an active wrestler in control of Raw or SmackDown, and having Christian serve in that role opens up plenty of intriguing possibilities.
I'm still not really sure what's going on with Christian or what his future holds, but as someone who doesn't figure to be a main-eventer anytime soon, he could still give the WWE a lot of value as an on-screen authority figure, whether he's face or heel.
We all know that Christian can work the mic in either role, and if his body needs more time to heal, then the WWE might be able to get some use out of him as the Raw GM while he continues to recover.
8. William Regal
William Regal wrestled his first TV match in quite some time last week on SmackDown, and he, of course, showed that he can still really go in the ring.
But as great as it was to see Regal wrestle again, he's 44 years old, and his days as a full-time wrestler are almost certainly behind him. That's OK, though, because there are plenty of other roles that he could perform well in.
I'd love to see Regal as a heel commentator on either Raw or SmackDown, but since the WWE is overloaded with announcers at the moment, I think having Regal perform as the Raw GM makes a lot of sense.
He performed as Raw's GM back in 2007 and 2008, only to have his tenure cut short when he was suspended for violating the WWE's Talent Wellness Program. Now, I think it's time for a redo.
Regal is a fantastic mic worker and a respected and recognizable name, but he's not someone who (at least theoretically) would take the focus off the wrestlers, which is where it belongs.
If Regal can't get on Raw as an announcer, then making him the show's GM is a solid Plan B.
7. Eve Torres
The last two lead authority figures on Raw have both been women (AJ Lee and Vickie Guerrero), and oddly enough, I think we could see another woman take control of Raw's flagship show.
That woman is none other than the Divas Champion, Eve Torres.
The best heel Diva on the roster, Eve is a natural fit for the GM role. She is a pretty good villain, and she has "experience" performing as an authority figure, having worked for both former Raw GM John Laurinaitis and current SmackDown GM Booker T.
She's actually developed into one of the more well-rounded characters on WWE TV, and with the Divas division currently at an all-time low, she might have more value as the Raw GM than she even would as the Divas champion.
Eve is great at playing the "nice" heel, she looks good and, more importantly, her character's history would make it very logical for her to step in as the top authority figure on Raw and try to make life miserable for the show's top good guys.
6. David Otunga
Of all the possible choices for Raw's next GM, David Otunga makes as much sense as just about anybody.
It's always been clear that the WWE wants to find a way to keep him on TV, but as someone who just isn't very good in the ring, I don't think his future in this business is as a wrestler. It's more likely that he will have considerably more success as some type of on-screen character.
I think Otunga could succeed as a manager, but the best way to use him? As Raw's GM.
His lawyer gimmick works perfectly for it. It's a heat magnet (and so is Otunga in general), and in the fictional world of the WWE, it makes him more "qualified" than just about any of the other potential candidates.
While I wouldn't necessarily be heartbroken if Otunga never appeared on WWE TV again, he definitely brings something to the table as a heel character...maybe not as a wrestler, but that's precisely why he could thrive in a role that keeps him relevant but also keeps him out of the ring.
5. John Laurinaitis
When John Laurinaitis was written off of TV back in June, many fans seemed to think that he'd be back on TV sooner rather than later.
It's nearly five months later now, though,and Laurinaitis still hasn't returned to Raw. But I think it's very possible that he does in the not-so-distant future.
I know that "Big Johnny" had a lot of haters, and rightfully so after the way he started off his tenure as an on-screen performer.
But he consistently improved as both a character and mic worker, and by the time he was written off of TV, he actually became (at least in my view) one of the most entertaining characters in the WWE.
Chances are that the WWE remembers all the strides that Laurinaitis made this year and want to bring him back to TV down the road.
In fact, PWInsider.com (via WrestlingInc.com) reports that the WWE wants Laurinaitis back on TV, but shoulder surgery has delayed his return for the foreseeable future. Still, if Vickie Guerrero's tenure as Raw's Managing Supervisor lasts for a while, that may open the door for Laurinaitis' return.
I never thought I'd say this, but I actually miss that guy. Yeah, he took up too much TV time, but he was hilarious and ridiculously entertaining.
4. Mick Foley
For the last year or so, Mick Foley has randomly popped up on WWE TV here and there.
His last appearance came on Raw two weeks ago, when it was announced that Foley would captain a team in a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series match, although he wouldn't actually wrestle in the bout.
Foley continues to make more appearances on WWE TV than perhaps any other legend, and it's clear that the WWE likes using him to further storylines and feuds. That's precisely why I think bringing him in full-time as Raw's GM is the next logical step.
He already appears on the show fairly often anyway, so why not just use him "permanently" in a role that he would probably thrive in?
We all know that Foley is great on the mic, as all of his recent WWE appearances have resulted in some very good promo battles. Plus, he brings a lot of name value to the table as a former WWE Champion and future WWE Hall of Famer.
Foley's going to be on Raw tonight and again in the future, so perhaps the WWE should consider just keeping him on the show as its GM.
3. Ric Flair
For a while now, we've heard rumors that the WWE is interested in bringing back Ric Flair.
The latest word is that the WWE hopes to have Flair return early next year in order to have him somehow involved with WrestleMania 29. The problem, of course, is the WWE's ongoing legal battle with TNA, which will probably prevent any recent former TNA talents from jumping ship to the WWE anytime soon.
That includes Flair, which could mean that he might not be WWE-bound after all.
But I, like many others, think that Flair will be headed to the WWE as soon as some sort of settlement is reached in TNA's lawsuit or perhaps even before then if WWE officials grow impatient (which is very possible). Flair, however, will likely not come to the WWE as a wrestler.
After the fantastic sendoff and retirement ceremony Flair received in the WWE a few years back, I don't think the WWE wants to have him step in the ring again, nor should he.
So, that leaves only a few options for Flair's on-screen role in the WWE should he return to the company. The two likeliest ones are to use Flair as either a manager or authority figure.
I'm fine with either, but the GM spot seems to be primed for the taking and Flair could certainly fill it.
2. Jerry Lawler
Tonight's Raw will mark the return of Jerry Lawler, who has been off of TV for more than two months after suffering a nearly-fatal heart attack on Raw back on Sept. 10.
He's scheduled to make his way back to the announce table, but how's this for a change? Bring him in as the Raw GM instead.
During Lawler's absence, Michael Cole and Jim Ross (and JBL on occasion, too) have done a great job announcing Raw, and they seem to have developed enough chemistry to be able to call the show together from this point forward.
I'm all for the WWE bringing Lawler back to the announce table (after all, he shouldn't "lose" his job because of a heart attack) and either replacing Ross or joining Ross and Cole to make a three-man announce team. But I think it could be a nice turn of events to see Lawler replace Vickie as the Raw GM.
We know that Lawler and Vickie haven't exactly gotten along very well throughout the years, so it would make sense storyline-wise for Lawler to replace her. Plus, Lawler's a fantastic mic worker and a respected veteran who would likely thrive in the GM role.
Like I said, I don't think Lawler should simply lose his job as an announcer, but if he's ready and willing to become the Raw GM instead, it could be a nice move that keeps Lawler on TV but also freshens up the announce team for the long term.
1. Paul Heyman
When AJ Lee resigned as Raw's General Manager, Paul Heyman immediately campaigned for himself to be her replacement.
I actually thought that would be the route that the WWE went, but unfortunately, that was really just a tease. Or was it?
With Vickie Guerrero seeming like only a temporary solution and Heyman seemingly back in the WWE's good graces, the company might be able to hammer out an agreement to make Heyman more than CM Punk's manager. The two sides might very well agree to make Heyman the next Raw GM.
The WWE has consistently tried to build up a new ultimate heel authority figure on Raw, but has failed to really do so. That's where Heyman comes in.
He's as good of a heel as there is in pro wrestling: a guy who does all the little things right, has phenomenal facial expressions and is one of the best mic workers in the history of the business. If the WWE wants its next monster heel authority figure, Heyman is that guy.
Heyman is already under contract, and he's already getting massive heat. All it takes is a logical storyline to make him the Raw GM, and the WWE will have one of the best villains in wrestling running its flagship show.
Sounds like a plan to me.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!