Watch slow-motion footage from SmackDown LIVE and see why WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has to keep his head on a swivel at all times.06/22/2017 - 11:15
After defeating Chad Gable in his New Face of America Open Challenge, Kevin Owens claims no one will take his United States Title.06/20/2017 - 23:45
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal battles Luke Harper while keeping an eye out for Mr. Money in the Bank, Baron Corbin, and a furious Randy Orton.06/20/2017 - 23:00
After much deliberation, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan reveals his decision on how to solve the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match controversy.06/20/2017 - 22:30
SmackDown LIVE's newest couple want the world to bear witness to their incredible love.06/20/2017 - 22:15
Kevin Owens issues a New Face of America Open Challenge, which is answered by one-half of American Alpha.06/20/2017 - 22:00
The King of Strong Style and The Showoff continue their rivalry in a thrilling contest on the blue brand.06/20/2017 - 21:45
As Daniel Bryan mulls what to do about the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Becky Lynch urges SmackDown LIVE's General Manager to make the right choice.06/20/2017 - 21:15
Two days after the SmackDown Tag Team Title Match ended with The Usos retreating, The New Day's Big E and Jimmy Uso square off in a hard-hitting singles competition.06/20/2017 - 21:00
Daniel Bryan is confronted by Natalya and Tamina, who want answers regarding the Women's Money in the Bank controversy.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Princess of Staten Island and James Ellsworth show no remorse for their actions during the historic Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Queen makes her case to Daniel Bryan about why the women of SmackDown LIVE deserve better than the outcome of the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
See how The Viper stunned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with a surprise RKO on SmackDown LIVE in this slow-motion video.06/14/2017 - 18:00
On June 2, 1925, New York Yankees manager Miller Huggins sat out regular first baseman Wally Pipp -- a move attributed to Pipp potentially having a headache that day -- and inserted a youngster named Lou Gehrig in his place. Fourteen years, 2,130 games and a Hall of Fame career later, The Iron Horse retired having never missed another game, while Pipp became a footnote in history.
In any sport, and especially in WWE, injury often presents an opportunity for someone to step up and shine in the spotlight … but not usually when it comes to management. Then again, anything can happen in WWE, and at this point, after having shown her mettle as Acting SmackDown General Manager over the last month-plus, Vickie Guerrero seems to be on the road to sending Theodore Long's name into the annals next to Pipp's.
Okay, so Vickie may not be Lou Gehrig -- she certainly has a long way to go to match The Iron Horse's streak of showing up to work every day -- but in the six weeks since she's assumed Long's General Manager duties, Ms. Guerrero has certainly shown herself capable of filling those shoes.
Just look at the many positive things that have happened on SmackDown over the last 40 days. Foremost, perhaps, is the working agreement that she and ECW General Manager Armando Estrada worked out between the two brands. In just a couple weeks, Big Daddy V, John Morrison and The Miz -- all men who once called the Blue Crew their own in the past -- have returned to SmackDown to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, to paraphrase a classic song, the Land of the Extreme has gotten a little more country (Jesse & Festus, Jimmy Wang Yang), a little more rock ‘n roll (Kane, Mark Henry) and this past week, a little of both.
In addition to giving her stars another avenue to shine down, Vickie Guerrero also has made some blockbuster matches on her own brand. Just this past week, our fans found out that Batista and Undertaker would indeed battle in a Hell in a Cell Match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. Putting The Animal against The Phenom is sure to create a memorable match, but by facilitating Undertaker's request and making it a Hell in a Cell Match, Vickie has ensured our fans of an instant classic.
She has also shown the ability to think quickly under pressure. Like at Cyber Sunday, for instance, where it was learned that Matt Hardy would be unable to compete just hours before his scheduled match against MVP. Instead of panicking, rearranging matches or giving MVP the night off, Vickie gave you, the fans, the opportunity to choose the U.S. Champion's opponent. Poor MVP might be the only one who didn't like that idea, but luckily for him, he retained the title.
Of course, as in any assessment, there are a few weaknesses to be found. Certainly Jamie Noble believes so, as his recent string of matches against Batista, Undertaker and The Great Khali have been less than favorable match-ups for him. Of course, Noble believes Vickie "has a crush on him," and that's why he has been tortured the last few weeks. But in principle, he would have a valid argument otherwise.
Piggybacking off Noble's issues, there's the Cruiserweight Championship situation. Vickie made Hornswoggle abdicate the title a month ago, a move she made for the little guy's safety. However, based off of what our fans have seen on Raw over the last few weeks -- not to mention this past week's SmackDown -- it certainly seems as if the littlest McMahon is fully capable of taking care of himself. Perhaps forcing abdication was too quick of a judgment?
Overall, though, it's hard to look down upon Vickie Guerrero's reign over SmackDown. Sure, even Lou Gehrig made a few errors in his day, but when that day ended, a future Hall of Famer stood in the shadows. If we here at WWE.com had to assign a letter grade to Vickie's tenure as of today, we'd give her a solid A- …although now that ECW and SmackDown are working together, perhaps Matt Striker might be better served to hand out grades in the future.