On the July 1 edition of Raw, Stephanie McMahon told Vickie Guerrero that next week her job was in jeopardy. Guerrero will be given a job evaluation, which could lead to becoming the permanent general manager of Raw. However, Vickie needs a new role in WWE. Fortunately for her assistant, Brad Maddox, his status should not change much.
Vickie has had a great deal of different roles in WWE since becoming the assistant general manager of SmackDown in 2007. With her trademark “Excuse me!” line, Vickie garners a lot of heat from the WWE Universe and at one point was a top heel in the company.
However, her greatest role in WWE has always been as a manager. Whether it was her relationship with Edge, Dolph Ziggler or Jack Swagger, Vickie helped her clients. Ziggler rose from a midcarder to a main eventer in part due to Vickie’s management.
Her role as an on-screen authority figure has never been enjoyable to watch, though. As I discussed in an article not long ago, Vickie is just one example of an unbelievable authority figure. Vickie doesn’t actually have power backstage.
So why would we believe her to be in charge?
Vickie would be better fit returning to manage WWE Superstars who could use her as a mouthpiece. Perhaps Ted DiBiase could receive a new push similar to that of Curtis Axel. DiBiase has shown potential in the past, but Vickie could definitely help him get over with the WWE Universe. If not DiBiase, then maybe a returning Ezekiel Jackson, heel Kofi Kingston or Sin Cara could be potential Vickie Guerrero guys. Or maybe someone who is down in NXT needs a mouthpiece in order to debut on the main roster.
It is time for the McMahons and Triple H to end the general manager era on Raw and be the on- and off-screen authority figures.
Where does that leave Brad Maddox?
Well, there’s no reason why Maddox can’t continue to be an assistant to the authority figure(s) on Raw. If Maddox were to become a full-time wrestler, there is no doubt in my mind he would be a jobber. He already failed as a referee. The only other option is on commentary. Unfortunately for Maddox, the commentary teams in WWE don’t seem to have any openings. Alex Riley was given Matt Striker’s position.
Maddox’s awkwardness and humor are fun to watch in the role he is currently in, and the McMahons and Triple H can have fun with him. Like they were doing with Vickie, the McMahons and Triple H could have different views on situations and give Maddox tasks based on them. Maddox would be much more enjoyable to watch in this situations than Vickie.
Perhaps Maddox would eventually get promoted, but I’d rather see him on commentary, as a manager or some other non-wrestling role. For now, he can be the assistant to Triple H, Vince and Stephanie McMahon as they continue to feud with one another.
Vickie, you will lose your power on Monday. But Brad, you can stay.
What do you think should happen to Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox next week on Raw? What role would each fit best? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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