The WWE is currently blessed with one of the most stacked rosters of all time, as notable Superstars such as Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Ronda Rousey, Ember Moon, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Samoa Joe and several others perform on a regular basis for the WWE -- a few on RAW, whereas others for the SmackDown brand respectively.
And that doesn't even include the amazing talents on the NXT brand -- with names such as Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black, The Velveteen Dream, and Shayna Baszler, to name a few, making NXT one of the most must-see WWE shows.
However, even though the WWE has so much talent on its roster today, the question arises: why does the company keep using Stephanie McMahon in some of the biggest storylines, especially on its RAW brand? "Steph" has been constantly booked as one of the most important performers -- in both wrestling and non-wrestling roles -- on some of the red brand's biggest storylines.
Well, it comes as no surprise that the WWE Universe has, for long, been criticizing the excessive usage of Stephanie McMahon as an on-screen character on RAW. Now, in light of Stephanie once again making her on-screen comeback on the November 12th, 2018 episode of Monday Night RAW -- we take a special look at a few oft-misunderstood and untold reasons why WWE continues to use Stephanie McMahon as a key on-screen character on RAW's top storylines...
#5 Lack of believable authority figures in WWE today
During the Attitude Era as well as the Ruthless Aggression Era, the WWE has no shortage of believable authority figures on its shows -- as the likes of Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels patrolled the WWE landscape during both eras, whereas former WCW President Eric Bischoff went on to become one of the most notorious WWE heel authority figures of all time in the Ruthless Aggression Era!
However, when you compare such personalities to the authority figures of the PG and Reality Eras of the WWE, there's obviously a huge difference. The problem with most of the current authority figures on Monday Night RAW, is that they aren't really believable as legitimate bosses on the show -- case in point being people such as Baron Corbin and Kurt Angle; both of whom don't really seem to be as powerful as Stephanie McMahon.
Besides, with Vince McMahon appearing on WWE TV only a few times every year, it's up to his daughter Stephanie to act as the true, most believable authority figure and corporate villain in all of the top storylines on RAW...
#4 Lessons from the history of the WWE product
As noted earlier, the WWE had tremendous success with its authority figures during both the Attitude as well as the Ruthless Aggression Eras. One of the most important lessons that the history of the WWE product has taught the company's higher-ups, is that they have always been better off when they're personally involved in the on-screen content of the WWE.
In other words, the WWE truly moved to the next level as a company, when Vince McMahon -- the actual owner of the WWE -- started appearing on-screen in several top storylines for the company. Let's face it, the hardcore professional wrestling fans were well aware that Vince owned WWE, despite the fact that he was only mentioned as a ring announcer and commentator at the time.
But after Vince started assuming an on-screen role in important WWE storylines, the casual fan-base truly began to understand how the wrestler-promoter dynamics work in pro-wrestling...That said, the WWE seems to have learnt from its own history, and therefore, continues to use the boss' daughter Stephanie McMahon as the current on-screen boss on its Monday night flagship show -- RAW...
#3 WWE wants to recreate "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon with Stephanie McMahon and Ronda Rousey
It's no secret that the WWE has huge plans to recreate a modern-day version of the classic rivalry between "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and WWE boss Vince McMahon. Well, the company plans on putting forth aforementioned modern-day version of Austin vs. McMahon, in the form of "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey vs. Stephanie McMahon.
With the significant rise in the popularity of women's wrestling all over the world, the WWE has been giving us a great amount of women's wrestling content over the past few years. Moreover, after UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend Ronda Rousey made her official debut as a WWE Superstar earlier this year, the company has been planning to portray her as a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin type of character who shall constantly oppose the current top boss on RAW -- Stephanie McMahon!
Needless to say, this rivalry is a long-running one which will likely span many years just like the Austin vs. Mr. McMahon feud -- and considering that, it's no surprise that Stephanie continues to be featured as a constant authoritative presence in the RAW Women's Championship storylines...
#2 Stephanie McMahon is one of the most important corporate representatives of the WWE
The WWE as well as the world of professional wrestling as a whole, often feature in-ring characters who play the role of authority figures in the storylines. However, most of these authority figures such as the current 'Acting General Manager of RAW' Baron Corbin, SmackDown Live General Manager Paige, as well as 205 Live GM Drake Maverick -- are only on-screen authority figures in the WWE, without any real backstage responsibilities in the company.
Regardless, Stephanie McMahon -- who plays the on-screen Commissioner of Monday Night RAW -- also holds a legitimate authority position in the WWE behind the scenes. Stephanie is the current CBO (Chief Brand Officer) of the WWE, and with that being said, it may not be all that surprising to see her represent the WWE at various corporate events all over the world throughout the year!
Considering how important Stephanie McMahon is in the corporate realm, besides also working in the social welfare sphere with several international charitable organizations, the WWE is obviously better off using Stephanie as an important character on Monday Night RAW...
#1 Stephanie McMahon has undergone an unbelievable "evolution" from a shy girl to a strong and passionate woman
Alright, I'd hereby like to strongly assert the fact that I just so happen to be a huge fan of Stephanie McMahon. I've been following her career since she was a shy, young girl, cutting her teeth with the best of the best in the WWE during the 1990s.
For fans who may be relatively new to the WWE and professional wrestling, or even for the younger demographic who may not remember much from the 1990s and are yet to watch classic RAW episodes from the '90s -- bear in mind that Stephanie wasn't even close to being the mic savant she is today!
In fact, Stephanie, in spite of having to compete with the likes of The Rock, Chris Jericho and Steve Austin on the mic, eventually overcame her initial shyness, and gradually evolved into the strong and passionate woman she is today.
Frankly speaking, we've indeed witnessed Stephanie grow up from being a shy girl to a strong, beautiful woman over the years on our television screens; week in and week out in the WWE. In light of that, it's only logical that the WWE utilizes Stephanie as much as possible in its top storylines on RAW -- and hopefully continues to do so in the years to come.
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