With the surprise appearance of Edge at last week's SummerSlam, I thought of a possible role for Edge within the WWE. What better role than the SmackDown General Manager?
The general manager role is an important one that is currently being wasted on both RAW and SmackDown, and Edge should remedy this. Whether this change happens in the near future or within a year, I believe it is one that would further refresh the WWE product.
These four reasons are logical, and would benefit both the WWE and Edge.
This is a topic I have touched on in a previous article. Teddy has been the off-and-on General Manager of SmackDown for years now, and in that time he has always been a face (to my knowledge).
Wheras before, when his gimmick was good to watch, over the last year it has gotten stale and predictable. His role is always the same. He will break up a fight or segment, and book a match based upon it. Also throw in some "Hold on players!"
Furthermore, Teddy Long is 63, and I assume he doesn't have that many years left as a WWE talent. 2011 is the right time to replace Long, heading into possibly the biggest WrestleMania ever, with Edge as the GM.
I've grown tired of seeing the same formula repeated every week. The SmackDown General Manager annoys me more than the anonymous RAW General Manager. Think about that.
Back when Edge retired, he stated during an interview that he would eventually return to the WWE in some form.
The WWE should take advantage of Edge while he is still hot with the crowds. The Rated-R Supertar's presence on SmackDown would most certainly be enough to make thousands of "Edgeheads" watch on Friday night.
Probably the most important role Edge can have is backstage, where he could mentor and help the younger stars. Well bringing him back as the General Manager of SmackDown brings consistent help for them.
With The Undertaker not involved in the WWE as much as he used to be, SmackDown is devoid of the leader it had for so long. Edge can fill that role.
We know he eventually wants to come back, and SmackDown General Manager is a great fit.
Over the years we have seen Edge go back and forth between face and heel. While arguably he was better as a heel, there is no denying that he can easily play both roles.
I understand that if Edge returned as the General Manager of SmackDown, the fans wouldn't stop cheering him. However, once the nostalgia wears off, and the fans are accustomed to his appearances yet again, it leaves the door open for a heel turn.
General Managers tend to be better as heels. With the exception of Stephanie McMahon, General Managers such as Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman have been thoroughly entertaining.
If Edge played a heel GM, it would add a dimension to SmackDown we haven't seen since Vickie Guerrero, not to mention how many storylines could involve Edge.
Throughout his career, Edge has had no problem putting others over.
If he were the SmackDown General Manager, he could be in feuds with multiple Superstars, and help build them up.
Edge is legitimate in the eyes of the WWE Universe. A veteran of his caliber provides an easy vehicle to get some of the struggling mid-carders over with the crowd.
Of course, Edge could also provide classic encounters with other veterans, such as Christian or Randy Orton. Personally, I think the storylines that Teddy Long can be involved in are all used up, and it's time for someone else to step in and freshen up the scene.
I'm sure Edge would have no problem helping wrestlers like Daniel Bryan and Zack Ryder become stars in the WWE.
These are the four main reasons I want to see, and predict, that Edge will soon replace Teddy Long as the General Manager of SmackDown.
The WWE has been slipping with their utilization of the General Manager role in recent times, and Edge may be the way to get back on track.
Would you like to see Edge rule SmackDown?
Any other reasons you'd want to see Edge as the GM?
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