Vince McMahon Returns to WWE Programming at TLC PPV

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Vince McMahon is always a huge part of the WWE product due to his creative duties behind the scenes, but fans still love seeing him in an on-screen capacity. The WWE chairman returned to that role tonight, and most certainly hope that he is back for the long haul.

He made his return during the Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV kickoff and stood tall with new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton to close the show.

His daughter Stephanie tweeted out a picture of her dad arriving to the PPV in a limo:

Although he hasn't been a part of it for the past several months, McMahon had plenty to do with the formation of The Authority. Vince, along with Triple H and Stephanie, initially set out to hold Daniel Bryan down from a storyline perspective, and they handpicked Randy Orton to be the face of the company.

Soon after that occurred, however, McMahon stepped aside, which led to Triple H and Stephanie becoming the primary authority figures. There is no question that Vince has been a huge part of the angle since he has the final say regarding everything that happens on WWE programming, but he has been a silent contributor when it comes to television.

Perhaps that is about to change following his televised return. Mr. McMahon still looks great at the age of 68, and it's a given that WWE fans would like to see him get involved in some major storylines moving forward. His on-screen involvement was a huge reason for WWE's success during the Attitude Era, and he is still capable of thriving in that role today.

McMahon may not be as inclined to get involved physically as he once was, but he did wrestle CM Punk in October 2012 on Raw, so he may not be totally opposed to stepping into the ring under the right circumstances. Vince and Punk wowed the fans while utilizing the hardcore element in that particular match, and McMahon proved that he could still get the job done.

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Regardless of what McMahon ultimately decides to do, his return to WWE programming can only be viewed as a good thing. The product is generally better when Vince is utilized as an on-screen character, and that is important to note considering there are some big events forthcoming.

Conventional wisdom suggests that Vince will work with Triple H and Stephanie, but it's also entirely possible that he will ultimately oppose them. There were some rumors a while back that suggested McMahon and Triple H would engage in a power struggle for command of the company, but that remains to be seen.

Considering the fact that The Authority is involved in so many other storylines right now, it may be overkill to add in a feud with McMahon as well. If done correctly, though, a Vince vs. Triple H and Stephanie feud could potentially be a major attraction as far as the fans are concerned.

It's also possible that Vince's appearance was just a one-off thing. His presence on television has obviously been lessened significantly in recent years, and McMahon may want to keep it that way. He was a central part of the product for many years, so perhaps he feels like it is time to step aside.

Whatever the case, it is always a treat to see McMahon back in action. He has a presence unlike almost anyone else in the history of the industry, and wrestling fans will always be indebted to him for the global sensation that he created.

For as long as Vince decides to remain an on-screen character this time around, fans ought to soak it in because he could decide to step away at any time.

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