MIAMI - In a battle for total control over both brands on The Grandest Stage of Them All, it was Team Johnny (Team captain David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, Drew McIntyre and The Miz) that emerged victorious over Team Teddy, making John Laurinaitis the General Manager of Raw and SmackDown. The match was not without controversy, as a distraction by Eve gave The Miz an opening to take out Zack Ryder with the Skull-Crushing Finale and end Theodore Long’s term in office on Friday night.
Eve, still reeling from her tag team loss to Kelly Kelly and “Extra’s” Maria Menounos, decided to come to ringside to cheer on her “friend” Zack Ryder. Long Island Iced-Z and partners Booker T, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, The Great Khali and United States Champion Santino Marella, seemed to have things under control until Eve climbed into the ring as Ryder prepared to deliver a Broski Boot. Ryder was distracted by the referee trying to get the vivacious vixen back on the stadium floor, which gave The Awesome One the opening to pick up victory. If things weren't bad enough for Long Island Iced-Z, Eve broke his heart once again, hitting him below the belt after the match.
Miz’s pinfall ends a months-long journey to get back to The Show of Shows. The Awesome One said he had been in a bit of a downward spiral since last year’s WrestleMania, where he was in the main event. He had been on a bit of a losing streak in recent weeks, but now has seemingly redeemed himself on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Team Teddy’s loss brings Long’s term as General Manager of SmackDown to an unfortunate end, while Laurinaitis has succeeded in taking over both brands. What does this mean for Teddy Long? His fate now rests in the hands of John Laurinaitis. A new day has dawned, as Laurinaitis will reign over Monday and Friday nights. The Era of Excitement has begun. What will it have in store for WWE?