5 people who could realistically replace Daniel Bryan as SmackDown Live GM
A current manager? A current Superstar? A Hall of Famer?
If this week’s episode of WWE SmackDown Live was anything to go by, it looks like the management structure on the blue brand will receive a huge shake-up after WrestleMania 34.
It has been confirmed that Shane McMahon, the SmackDown Commissioner, has taken a “leave of absence” from the role, while it would be a major surprise if the recently cleared Daniel Bryan continues in his General Manager position for much longer.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five people who could realistically replace Bryan as SmackDown GM after this year’s “Show of Shows”.
#5 Paul Heyman
Brock Lesnar’s WWE contract expires in 2018 and it is widely expected that the Universal champion will swap the squared circle for the octagon and make another return to UFC later in the year.
If that happens, WWE will surely still want Paul Heyman, Lesnar’s advocate, to stick around in some capacity, with many fans predicting that he could end up being a mouthpiece for Ronda Rousey.
Another option is for Heyman to become the SmackDown GM – an on-screen position that he previously held between October 2003 and March 2004 before he was drafted to Raw.
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon have been a popular babyface management duo but, let’s be honest, the best authority figures are heels, and Heyman would be a sensational heel GM for SmackDown!