Will AJ Lee follow path blazed by WWE's past powerful women in charge?

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July 29, 2012

Stephanie McMahon – SmackDown General Manager (July 2002 - Oct. 2003); Raw General Manager (Nov. 2008 - April 2009)

Stephanie McMahon was an unrelenting fighter from the moment she took the reins of SmackDown on July 18, 2002. The first female General Manager in WWE history quickly turned boos to cheers when she made it piercingly clear to the WWE Universe that she would represent the blue brand with pride and an intense competitive fire. Rather than let Raw GM Eric Bischoff barge in and poach SmackDown's Superstars, she tossed Bischoff out of the building in her first official act as General Manager.

Stephanie continued to clash with Bischoff throughout her eventful year-plus tenure, but it was the changes she instituted that cemented her status as a game-changer. By bringing back the United States Championship and creating the WWE Tag Team Championship, Stephanie attracted more attention to SmackDown and breathed new life into WWE as a whole. She maintained her signature fervor during a stint as Raw GM years later, butting heads with Chris Jericho repeatedly before firing him outright (WATCH).

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