Between a Rock and Two Other Rocks: Who Should Vickie Guerrero Listen To?
For weeks now, there seems to be an apparent power struggle when it comes to who exactly is the final decision-maker for WWE's flagship program Raw.
Managing supervisor Vickie Guerrero and her assistant Brad Maddox apparently make the decisions regarding who wrestles whom and how moment-to-moment situations are handled.
But in recent weeks, nearly all of their decisions have been questioned by WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, executive vice president of talent and live events (and storyline COO) Triple H, or executive vice president-creative, Stephanie McMahon.
By usurping her power, the trio are creating a tense situation with regards to Guerrero, who now cannot seem to make any decisions without fear of repercussions from one of her three bosses.
But whom should she give final say to?
Who should have the deciding vote when it comes to how Raw is run?
McMahon's position requires her to wear many hats, with her duties including overseeing the creative process for all television and pay-per-view programming. In addition, her job functions include talent management and branding as well as event booking.
So it stands to reason that she could and should be heavily involved in the matchmaking duties on Raw.
A strong personality, just like her husband and her father, Stephanie is no stranger to running WWE programming. As the storyline general manager of both Raw and SmackDown at times, her functions seem to mirror those of Guerrero's current ones.
This may be why the managing supervisor should pay very close attention to the wishes of the Billion Dollar Princess.
It has long been thought that Triple H would be given the keys to the castle once Vince McMahon decided to step away from the business. In his day-to-day role as executive vice president of talent and live events, he is responsible for overseeing talent relations and the WWE's developmental system. In addition, his role also seems to include many day-to-day duties as well, such as the creative process and the writing of WWE programming.
Always a force in the ring, it seems as if Triple H is making a play to become a power player behind the scenes as well. Having no issues asserting his place on both sides of the curtain, he has become one of the most vocal members of the executive side of the company.
With a very short list of people that seem to hold influence over him (most importantly his wife), Triple H may very well be the beginning and end when it comes to making decisions. Guerrero should pay close attention to his thoughts, and try her best to stick to what he sees as the right course.
As chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, McMahon is the boss of bosses.
He sometimes seems to hire and fire people at will, and his decisions have rarely been questioned.
And while it had seemed that he may have been beginning to relinquish a bit of power in terms of how the company is run, lately it seems as if he intends to rule with an iron fist for as long as he possibly can.
But in recent weeks, both his daughter and son-in-law have done just that, much to his chagrin. His decision to ban Triple H from wrestled upstart talent Curtis Axel was unpopular with both Triple H and the WWE Universe. His later decision to forfeit a match for his son-in-law, thus giving a victory to Axel, was also met with a heated reaction.
What Will Vickie's Decision Be?
At the end of the day, Mr. McMahon is the boss of bosses.
While Triple H may have more of a day-to-day role, McMahon is the be all and end all when it comes to decision-making.
And while Stephanie may be in control of creative developments, Mr. McMahon controls everything.
Raw's managing supervisor would be smart in listening extra hard to the chairman if she wishes to keep her current position.
Of course, even doing that might not be enough.