There was a little death in the air on tonight's episode of Monday Night RAW.
With the sound of an incoming e-mail (notice how the MacBook Pro wasn't actually connected to anything?), an appearance by The Chairman of the Board and the firing of Bret Hart brought forth the death of the guest host.
Personally, it's not a concept a lot of us would like to look fondly on. On the bright side, it did give Santino and William Regal a lot of screen-time they seemingly wouldn't have gotten otherwise.
Well, that's if you see it as a bright side. But enough mourning, we're in for quite a summer.
Removing the face from RAW's general manager might seem a little lame at first. With as many GMs as RAW has had, to fire Bret Hart and hire a faceless authority could be seen as easy way out. In an appropriate reference from the King, Michale Cole is the new Howie Mandel to the GM's banker.
As we start this cycle to Money in the Bank and SummerSlam, the questions about who gifted the Undertaker with a beat down will join questions as to who this new faceless GM might be. It'll make what has already been an interesting state of affairs that much more intriguing. An anonymous GM concept is probably the best course of action for the time being.
That said, it's time to speculate.
- We were greeted with the shot of a SUV-class limo driving into the arena tonight in front of a trailer with a picture of The Game. The likelihood of it being Triple H is plausible, given his hiatus as of late. But, the fact that Shaemus has gained his second WWE Championship could be reading too far into things. We've seen a little too much action for all of this to be simple "revenge" angle.
- There have been consistent rumors that The Rock has been slated to guest host. With that concept now dead, is the possibility of The Rock being the new marionette plausible?
- More recently, there has been a lot of talk regarding the influence or inclusion of the "vintage" Michael Cole into the actions that the NXT Seven "apologized" for and subsequently went back on tonight. Is the MacBook a ruse? Cole could have broken his cover by coming to the mic so quickly after the e-mail from the new GM—in this case, himself—arrived. But given that Michael Cole was mentioned in The Chairman's speech before he was granted the same fate as his superstars, it might not be that likely. That and the fact that Vince was talking to the new GM via Blackberry.
There's one assumption that I can't help but make. If, but more importantly when we find out who this new GM is he will more than likely be a heel. We've had our month with the baby-face general manager in The Hitman, so it's probably time to head back to the dark side.
On top of that, who knows? Our new general manager might very well be the head of NXT faction. We can be pretty sure that he went back on his word to "keep Vince out of it."
Unquestioned authority indeed. Thoughts?
EDIT: Unfortunately, it looks like we're not out of the woods yet. While the events of tonight seemed to lead to the death of the guest host it seems that the powers that be plan to shove both Rob Zombie and Florence Henderson down our collective throat in the next two weeks.