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May 23, 2012

General Manager volatility

Teddy Long was able to hold onto his position as SmackDown's GM for a surprisingly long time.Turmoil over the position of General Manager has left the collective stomach of the WWE Universe in knots for a long, long time. Unless you’re new to WWE, you know the job security of a Raw or SmackDown GM is about on par with that of an NFL coach or a White House press secretary.
 
As of Feb. 15, 2009, the GMs of Raw and SmackDown were Stephanie McMahon and Vickie Guerrero, respectively. Those appointees would not be permanent.

Since then, the lineages of the shows’ GMs have looked something like this: On Raw, it went from Stephanie to Vickie to WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart to an anonymous being who communicated via laptop to John Laurinaitis. Also in the mix, though not officially GMs, were celebrity guest hosts through much of 2009 and 2010.

On the comparatively stable SmackDown, Theodore Long succeeded Vickie as GM in April 2009 – his second turn at the helm – and inconceivably held on to that position all the way through to this past April, when his team of Superstars loss to Laurinaitis’ Team Johnny at WrestleMania XXVIII.

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