Since the night after the Money in the Bank pay-per-view when Vince McMahon was relayed a message by his son-in-law Triple H that his services as COO are no longer required, fans have been wondering how Mr. McMahon will (inevitably) return to power.
And how could he not? He is the face of not only the WWE but professional wrestling in general. In the last decade, he has even reinvented himself beyond wrestling parameters, launching the WWE brand to heights beyond his wildest dreams.
In addition to wrestling, WWE produces films, has one of the top websites in the world, is aligned with charitable causes and in 2012 is expected to launch its own television network.
From a creative standpoint, he may be lurking in the shadows, stripped of most of his influence. But sooner than later, one should expect the cunning Mr. McMahon to come out on top not only in real life but in WWE's central storyline premised on power-struggle chaos and conspiracies.
Upon returning from his tearful farewell, Mr. McMahon reluctantly passed on the news decided by the board of directors, divesting his successor Triple H of most of his duties as COO. There's a new (interim) sheriff in town by the name of John Laurinaitis who is insistent on throwing his weight around to the dismay of "The Game" and anyone who opposes him.
In the end, however, there can only be one true shepherd of the WWE—Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
Let's look at 10 ways the "Genetic Jackhammer" will return to power in the WWE...