WWE: History of the Raw GM
John Laurinaitis is now the new "interim general manager" of WWE Raw after Triple H was stripped of his duties by the board of directors.
The Raw GM has played a prominent role in stories, angles, and even sometimes the outcome of matches following the infamous Invasion angle back in 2001.
Let's take a look back at some of the best and worst general managers who have controlled WWE's flagship program.
Back in the mid-to-late '90s who would have ever thought Eric Bischoff would become the general manager of Raw?
Bischoff's reign as Raw GM is the longest tenure in the program's history. He introduced "Raw Roulette" and the "Elimination Chamber," which are still used to this day.
After being hired in 2002, Vince McMahon fired Bischoff in 2005.
Before becoming an anchor for ESPN, Jonathan Coachman was an executive assistant to Vince McMahon and for a short period served as Raw's general manager back in 2007.
"The Coach" spent nine years in the WWE as a commentator, executive, GM, and even a wrestler. He actually scored a singles victory over Tajiri at Backlash 2004 and was a participant in the 2006 Royal Rumble.
William Regal served as the permanent Raw general manager from August 2007 to May 2008.
Mr. McMahon would fire Regal after losing a match to Mr. Kennedy on the May 19th edition of Raw.
What was the WWE thinking?
Mike Adamle was named the RAW general manager in July 2008 and is probably considered the worst GM in the show's history. He can be credited with introducing the "Championship Scramble" match, which left much to be desired.
After Mike Adamle resigned, Stephanie McMahon took over as Raw general manager. This would eventually lead to the feud between the McMahon family and Legacy, lead by Randy Orton.
Triple H defeated Orton at Wrestlemania XXV but lost the strap to the Viper at Backlash the following month. Following Backlash, Stephanie took a hiatus from WWE television until she was seen backstage at this year's Summerslam.
Like that wasn't annoying enough on Smackdown!
Vickie Guerrerro was named interim general manager of Raw following Stephanie McMahon's departure. A few months later she would become the permanent Raw GM, only to suffer a nervous breakdown and be written off WWE television. She would also serve as RAW GM a year later but resigned after one night on the job.
Guerrerrro is now the manager of United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and the "All-American American" Jack Swagger.
Various Guest Hosts
In June 2009, Donald Trump introduced the concept of having a different special guest host serve as Raw GM each and every Monday night.
Raw guest hosts included: Seth Green, Batista, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Shaq, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Al Sharpton, Ben Rothlisberger, Snoop Dogg, Steve Austin, and Bob Barker just to name a few.
Does anyone have a favorite guest host?
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The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be?
Bret Hart took over as Raw GM in May 2010 until he was attacked by the Nexus and written off television less than a month later.
Possibly one of the worst storylines by WWE creative in the history of Raw.
After Bret Hart and Vince McMahon were attacked by the Nexus, WWE decided to make the Raw GM anonymous. One could argue that Michael Cole was more or less the actual GM as he would read announcements each week sent from Mr. Anonymous.
WWE Creative really dropped the ball on this one as the anonymous Raw GM simply faded into obscurity.
Will we ever find out who the actual man behind the laptop was?
On last night's edition of Raw, Vince McMahon announced that the board of directors had named John Laurinaitis as the interim general manager of Raw.
Laurinaitis began to appear on WWE programming during the CM Punk/Vince McMahon feud which culminated at Money in the Bank just a few months ago. It would appear that he has become a major on-screen character for the WWE.
I don't know about you but this storyline has me intrigued!
Fun Fact: For those of you who don't already know, John Laurinaitis began his career as the wrestler "Johnny Ace."
So what do you guys think?
Who is the best GM in the history of Raw?
How long do you think Johnny Ace will last as the interim GM?