In the fourth and fifth promos, the audience is introduced to a young red-haired girl who is out to torment and control the young boy.
When we meet her in the fourth “Control” video, she is revealed as the key to his return. “The answer is when she tells us,” he says. “She holds the mystery of my arrival and my rebirth… When I beckon her, I will return to claim what is mine.”
By the latest clip, she bullies the young boy, throwing his composition notebook on the floor while he stands facing the corner as if he is being punished.
There are but two lines in the entire video, both read by the young girl. “I cannot help you anymore,” she says. “Do you understand?”
If taken in literal context that the young girl is indeed a woman inside the company with power, there are only two logical choices – Linda McMahon or Stephanie McMahon.
Vince’s wife Linda hasn’t been on the television show in almost a decade and would be smart to refrain from doing so now, as she is amidst a political campaign.
The couple’s daughter, Stephanie, was seen on WWE as recently as only a few months ago. She was rumored to have played a hand in the CM Punk-Kevin Nash-Triple H storyline.
But would Stephanie really hold the key to a superstar’s return? And whose figurative key would she possess?
The little girl could also be seen as the “red-headed stepchild” of the WWE as well, who is out to ruin the life of the returning superstar while he is away in “timeout.” Candidates for the company’s current “red-headed stepchild?” Again, CM Punk would make sense here.
No matter who you insert to return on Jan. 2, how the little girl fits into the story is almost always the last hurdle to clear. Perhaps it could be the most difficult too, as there’s no obvious role of a woman in the chain of command right now.
Brett Lyons is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand or from official interview materials.
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