This past week on Monday Night Raw, The Authority came to the decision to fire general manager Brad Maddox.
Brad Maddox hasn't been the type of general manager the fans in previous years have witnessed, with previous managers such as Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman and even Stephanie McMahon being more hands on bosses and playing pivotal roles for their shows.
Maddox has taken a back-seat in his managerial role as The Authority seem to be calling the shots nowadays, now we know he was never going to last as general manager because he is a good wrestler and fantastic on the microphone.
The decision to fire Brad Maddox came after The Authority were angry at the fact that he allowed Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose of The Shield to be guest commentators when Seth Rollins took on Batista last week. A match where Triple H was the ring announcer and Randy Orton was the guest timekeeper.
A punch to the face by Triple H wasn't enough it seems, as Kane hit him with a Chokeslam and a Tombstone Piledriver to rub salt in the wounds; now the rumours begin as to who the next general manager of Raw should be.
WWE.com recently ran a poll asking the fans to vote for who they think should be the next Raw General Manager. The options included Paul Heyman, JBL, Adam Rose, Vickie Guerrero, Hulk Hogan, Bray Wyatt, John Laurinaitis, Zeb Colter, William Regal and Lana.
The poll closed with Hulk Hogan topping the poll with Paul Heyman as the runner-up.
But already you can rule out the likes of Heyman, Lana, Wyatt and Colter; and even Adam Rose. That only leaves a handful of genuine replacements for Maddox.
So who should be the next Monday Night Raw general manager? Let's take a look...
Over the past couple of months The Authority have proven that the company or any brand doesn't really need a manager to run things, they take charge themselves and take any decision they please, so why is there a general manager in place?
This wouldn't be a bad thing, Triple H is brilliant on TV and this would allow him to remain there without having to compete as he moves on to potential different feuds. He and Stephanie are there to be hated and they're doing a good job of it; staying in a position of power would be a good decision.
This is probably the option the WWE will most likely decide to go with. He signed with the company once more and took over WrestleMania as host and has made sporadic appearances; usually promoting the WWE Network.
This also allows Hogan to stay on TV and will probably keep people tuning in to Raw to see what The Hulkster has to offer. It's not something surprising which will keep people on the edge of our seats every single week.
Ric Flair is set to make a return to the WWE as a regular character once again, and the current plan is to have him manage The Miz just as he did a while ago. However this rumour hasn't been met positively by fans as it was revealed Flair asked to work with Dolph Ziggler; a request the company rejected.
Being the general manager would be a far better role for Flair than managing The Miz, he will still play a big role every single week and it will be good to see him in a position of power once more; plus with his relationship with Triple H you cannot rule it out just yet.
Obviously there are other names which should and could be considered for the role but perhaps the following names won't be as likely to happen than the names mentioned above. First, they might decide to not go with a general manager at all, at the minute it seems that the role isn't even important. Another name considered could be JBL who has been doing well as the NXT Commissioner and his charisma and experience could be useful in such a role.
Another name to be considered is Kane if you're thinking outside of the box. However he has only recently returned to don the mask so it remains doubtful that he would once more go 'corporate' to take over from Maddox as the general manager, but with his in-ring career winding down; anything is a possibility.
Another name which is discussed widely online and something fans are holding out for is Sting. Who knows whether The Icon will make his WWE debut, but a general manager role was rumoured before WrestleMania; if negotiations are still ongoing then it is still possible that Sting could accommodate that role, or perhaps it is wishful thinking on the fans' part.
WWE fans - what do you think? Who do you want to see as the new general manager of Monday Night Raw? Have your say in the comments section below and come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28!
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