One of the longest tenured SmackDown General Managers in recent memory surprisingly returned to the WWE in a refreshing opening segment on Monday Night Raw, last night.
That’s right, Teddy Long is back.
Throughout his eventful reign as the head of the blue brand, fans had come to enjoy the sound of his music, his unique dancing, and undoubtedly, his preference for making tag team matches.
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After being escorted out of the building in July 2013 by Vickie Guerrero as part of the power struggle storyline on SmackDown, Teddy Long disappeared from the small screen for nearly a year, with little to no news about the fan favourite authority figure.
Finally, in June 2014, Long was released from his WWE contract along with nearly a dozen others. He made a one-off appearance in October of the same year to set up a tag team match between Team Teddy and Team Johnny, before leaving again.
Teddy Long’s segment on this past Raw appeared to be well-received by fans in the arena, who loudly chanted his name. Unfortunately, the soon-to-be 70-year-old stumbled over his script, with words that seemed to be given to him by WWE Creative.
He asked for another run as the SmackDown General Manager, before being turned away and humiliated by Stephanie McMahon. Mercifully, he left the stage before further tarnishing the WWE Universe’s memory of him.
Needless to say, his return is likely another one-off appearance to hype up the brand split and live SmackDown coming in July. As such, it was effective, with his name trending on Twitter shortly after the segment.
He reminds us of the potential for a brand split to make new stars, regardless of their position within the company. Without it, we would not have received the optimistic “playa” that is Teddy Long.