Vince McMahon is effectively finished with his on-air character, Shane McMahon is no longer attached to WWE in terms of day-to-day operations, and Linda McMahon is supposedly gearing up for a second run at the U.S. Senate. It seems as though the new direction that CM Punk has been hoping for is indeed materializing.
Yeah, no, not really.
Stephanie McMahon's appearance back on the scene in WWE is not surprising, considering that her husband is now the COO of the company.
It's also not surprising for another reason: There is currently no heel in WWE named McMahon.
The First Family of WWE have been as dysfunctional a unit as any that has ever been seen on reality television. Backstabbing schemes, scandalous lies, adulterous betrayal, physical violence against each other...the McMahon clan has done it all.
So, with that being the case, what would make any of us believe that it would stop now?
The current mystery that is playing out on RAW involving Cm Punk, Kevin Nash and who is really the guilty party behind the scenes, could go any number of different ways. One of those ways lies with Stephanie McMahon.
Think the Mr. McMahon character was bad? The fact is, we could be seeing the devious mastermind being reincarnated with his daughter. Look out, because here we go again.
So far, the question as to whether or not Mr. Stephanie McMahon is the one behind ordering Kevin Nash's attack on CM Punk is still unanswered.
Yes, he is playing it straight, claiming that he has no knowledge of the text message that was supposedly sent to Nash's phone. And, no, there is no proof otherwise.
But when it comes to the heel who will do anything to get his way, there is none better than Triple H.
How does this apply to Stephanie? While she may have learned how to be evil from daddy dearest, Triple H taught her how to do it with style. If anyone would be able to find a way to kill both Punk and Cena's shot at the top while protecting the interest of the McMahon family, it would be Stephanie.
The drama that would ensue after Hunter realizes that his own wife went behind his back—going into business for herself—would be huge.
She could be cast as the last hope for the McMahons—the one who will do what needs to be done in order to maintain their dominance in the world of professional wrestling. She would stoop to any level to make that happen; including betraying her own husband.
And she would do it all with that sinister smile on her face.
Mr. McMahon is one of the greatest heels of all time.
There is no denying the impact that the Mr. McMahon character had on WWE, and how genius the man himself was at making that happen.
The Attitude era would not have been the same, and arguably may not have even worked, without McMahon as an on-air personality—using his power mad dictator status to make life miserable for so many WWE Superstars.
Having said all of that, I for one am glad we're moving on.
Again, while I appreciate everything his character has been for the company, I was so sick of seeing the same thing week-in and week-out. There were moments during both RAW and SmackDown over the years when it was hard to tell just who the top guy on the program was.
More often than not, it seemed to be Vince himself.
While Stephanie could take his place, it will be a different change of pace. Her motivations for doing what she does would be different than her father's, and would provide a whole new set of reasons to hate the McMahon in charge.
Mr. McMahon may have took the company to new heights, but his daughter's character may take it even higher.
Over the past few weeks, Beth Phoenix and Natalya have been making a lot of noise about what certain other Divas that they deem to be the "princesses" of the company.
Soft and sexy does not interest these two—they're more about being hard and committed. They represent what looks to be a new attitude, and hopefully new life, being injected into the Divas division.
Having Stephanie running the show would be great for them.
Stephanie as the heel who existed during the McMahon/Helmsley era was all about being the spoiled brat who always got her way. Stephanie as the heel who takes her father's place in the company would be all about power and control. She would fit right in with the new attitude that Beth and Nattie are showing.
For far too long, the Divas division has been a mess, but with the alpha female of the McMahon family steering the ship, we could see things change for them in a big hurry.
Some of Stephanie's most entertaining moments in WWE came at the hands of Chris Jericho.
Hurling one insult after the other at her, Chris made some potentially funny spots downright hilarious. The fans loved everything he said to her, and it not only helped him get over, but her as well.
Chris may not be active right now, but CM Punk is. Punk's backstage confrontations with Stephanie thus far have been very reminiscent of those Chris Jericho days. Punk has a way about him that makes him very likable, yet very bad, all at the same time.
Punk's character only works if he is allowed to speak. Having Stephanie to verbally berate whenever the mood strikes, is good for him. He can continue to be the maverick of the company, yet firmly establish himself as the fan favorite who cracks all of the best one-liners at all the right times.
By contrast, Vince's character is more stifling—not prone to witty back-and-forth banter—and is more likely to just threaten to fire Punk if he steps out of line. Besides, Vince had his foil in Stone Cold. Punk could be Stephanie's.
Punk has been very good for RAW in the past couple of months. Having Stephanie as the new heel head of the household can prove to be very good for Punk and for everyone else.
Think back. Way back. Back before Vince was "fired" from his on-air role with the company. Before the WWE title controversy. Before all that.
When thinking of World Wrestling Entertainment's future, who did you see taking the reins of the company? For most fans, it was always Shane McMahon.
He had been the heir apparent to the throne for so many years, it seemed a natural progression for him to one day take his father's place. But, when Shane left the company, it seemed to close the door on that scenario.
When Vince's heel character finally met his demise, however, I really expected Shane to show up. Instead of the son, of course, we got the daughter.
Stephanie becoming the televised authority of WWE makes even more of an impact because Shane was the sibling expected to fill the role. He could actually even come back at some point, and get involved in a power struggle for control of their father's company.
WWE often goes left when fans expect them to go right. This creates suspense, keeps the drama alive, and keeps everyone on their toes. Giving us Stephanie when we expected Shane may be another example of that very move.
Face facts. Stephanie is a McMahon, and the McMahons are all about show business.
She can replace Vince as the top heel of not only the WWE, but all of professional wrestling. She has a full grasp of who she is as a heel, and with the strong support of WWE creative, her husband and her family behind her, she can become the most hated McMahon the sport has ever seen.
It's a tall order, to be sure. Vince did a masterful job of being hated; no one did it quite like him. But, as times change, so goes the business, and it must be kept fresh on every level in order to survive.
Stephanie McMahon as the hated head of WWE is an idea whose time has come. Whether or not Triple H would remain face, or turn heel again—joining his wife in a new spin of the old McMahon/Helmsley era—is open to debate. But, Stephanie is more than capable of doing the job herself.
Like father, like daughter. In this case, it has never been more true.