What is Eve's Agenda?

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May 04, 2012

"Mrs. Excitement"?

Possessing sole control of SmackDown on Friday night, Eve faced a big decision right off the bat.

Still licking the wounds from his exhausting victory over Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus faced Bryan in a rematch to open the show. It is unclear whether Eve approved the contest, but it did happen under her watch.

During that bout, Alberto Del Rio — No. 1 contender for The Great White’s World Title — interfered and locked Sheamus in the excruciating Cross Armbreaker. Del Rio’s interference caused the bout to end in a disqualification. Shortly thereafter, Bryan reentered the ring and administered the “Yes!” Lock on The Celtic Warrior, further wrenching the champion’s already injured shoulder.

After the match, both Bryan and Del Rio appeared in Eve’s office and Bryan demanded that his match against Sheamus be continued later in the night. For her part, Eve would not be intimidated, telling the A-list Superstars, "I’m in charge tonight!" After consulting with ringside physicians, it’s clear Eve came to the conclusion that Sheamus, though in visible pain, was in fact fit for competition.

In a move that was eerily reminiscent of one by John Laurinaitis himself, Eve appeared to be more concerned with taking publicity photos of Antonio Cesaro and Aksana and furthering her embarrassment of Teddy Long than she was with the well being of one of her top Superstars — instructing the former head of SmackDown to rub oil on Cesaro for the photographs. Since coming into her new role, Eve has been increasingly tough on Teddy, emulating the actions of Laurinaitis.

While Eve’s decision to allow Sheamus to compete may have been consistent with her immediate supervisor’s wishes, maybe there’s even more beneath the surface.

Could it be that Eve has set her sights right in the direction of WWE’s EVP? Laurinaitis was proven to be fallible when it became clear that Brock Lesnar wasn’t going to play by "Big Johnny’s" rules. Is Johnny being shortsighted when it comes to his new Executive Administrator, as well? Is Eve simply playing Johnny the same way Lesnar has — and the same way she did to Zack Ryder? Or is there something else that’s motivating Eve?

Something like championship gold, perhaps?

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