Stephanie McMahon made a rare appearance on the 1,000th episode of Raw to confront Paul Heyman after the former ECW owner made some disparaging remarks about her children.
Stephanie didn’t just look great for a mother of three, she looked great, period. She was healthy, energetic and charismatic.
Her back-and-forth with Heyman and subsequent attack showed that she was not gun-shy about getting back in front of the camera, and if she was, that nervousness did not show one bit.
This makes me think that Stephanie could be a valuable on-screen character again, even in a small role.
As a GM, she could be on the road one day each week, giving her the rest of the time to work from the Stamford office and be with her family.
If AJ or Booker is only slated to be a GM short-term, then Stephanie would be the perfect choice to replace one of them.
As the head of the creative department, she most likely has a huge workload in front of her with the extension of Raw to three hours, but an on-screen role could be a big contribution right now.
Despite what we all want to think and hope, WWE is not the same as it was 10 years ago and Stephanie could be a small step towards bringing back some of the fans who have left.
WWE has not built up superstars to the same heights they had in the past, which is something that cannot solely be blamed on any one person or department.
Look at who WWE had at the turn of the century to keep fans interested.
Steve Austin was a long-time veteran when he showed up in WWE and his Stone Cold gimmick helped to usher in the Attitude Era.
Kurt Angle is an Olympic Gold medalist and Brock Lesnar is a multi-sport success story who got to the top of the ladder in less than a year.
The Undertaker was full-time back then and so was Triple H. The Rock was a bona fide movie star already and Eddie Guerrero was a living legend in the business.
Let’s not forget Chris Jericho’s meteoric rise to stardom and Rey Mysterio’s highlight reels from the early 2000s.
Do you see where I am going with this? WWE used to have too many big names, which made the product seem very competitive.
In today’s WWE we have John Cena, who is about the most mainstream of any current wrestlers. We still have Jericho, but he comes and goes as he pleases, which he has earned the right to do.
We also have Randy Orton and CM Punk, who are big in the wrestling world, but not that well known outside of it. The same can be said for guys like Christian and Sheamus. Rey is injured too much to have a long-term contribution at this point.
Bringing back Stephanie would not necessarily turn everything around to where WWE is back to the way it once was, but it could be a step that helps them leap forward.
Stephanie has a long history which most fans are well aware of, which would allow her to come back into the fold without anyone questioning it.
Other than AJ and Eve, WWE does not have very many females who are great on the mic in a non-wrestling role, and Stephanie could help push the rest of the Divas towards being better talkers.
Having a woman on the road with the Divas who has the kind of experience and knowledge Stephanie has would be value you could not put a price on.
Seeing Stephanie on a semi-weekly basis would make WWE feel like it is truly encompassing their new slogan “Now, Then, Forever.”
Written by: Chris Mueller
Date: August 8, 2012
Source: Bleacher Reporter