There have been many legendary managers in the WWE’s history. From Bobby “The Brain” Heenan to Miss Elizabeth, Paul Bearer to Marlena, managers can elevate a talent to the next level. Oftentimes the mouthpiece to a talented in-ring worker, managers can talk up their client’s skills and write the check that gets cashed in the ring.
After a relative dry spell during the late 2000s and early 2010s for managers, they’re back in a big way for WWE. Lana, Paul Heyman, Lio Rush, Zelina Vega, and Drake Maverick all work to elevate their clients through promo work. Paige has recently returned in a manager role, taking on the team of Io Shirai and Asuka in the SmackDown women’s division.
Who else would benefit from a new manager or pairing? We take a look at three dream partnerships WWE should explore.
Kurt Angle & Chad Gable
Chad Gable has moved to SmackDown Live in the latest Superstar Shakeup. No longer tethered to Bobby Roode, it’s time for Gable to become Kurt Angle 2.0. He has all of the prerequisites: Olympic wrestling pedigree, a goofiness that can give way to intensity, and in-ring skills. What could put him over the top is mentorship from Angle himself.
Having the Hall of Famer Angle manage Gable is not a new thought. Many believed him managing American Alpha would have been a good parallel to his work with Team Angle years ago. Jason Jordan is still out injured, so pairing Angle and Gable could be the next best thing. Angle teaching Gable the three I’s and making him a credible midcard threat would be a welcome addition to SmackDown Live.
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EC3 & Court Moore
What has WWE done with EC3? They brought him to the main roster and had him become mute and just flex. The former TNA champion has mic skills, but WWE seems to want him to be a lot quieter on the main roster. If that’s the case, why not put him with one of the best talkers the company has: Court Moore.
Formerly known as Stokely Hathaway, Moore is representing former PWG star Jonah Rock on NXT house shows. Moore has one of the best twitter games around, making him the perfect manager for modern times. WWE should have the “publicist” Moore expand his clientele to the main roster. Moore talking up how EC3 is part of the top 1% of the WWE and the world, allowing EC3 to punctuate promos at the end. Think of them as Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush, but with an even better mouthpiece.
On behalf of @Jonah_Rock, @StokelyHathaway has been issuing open challenges at NXT Live Events for a few weeks now. Each week, @Jonah_Rock has dominated. Tonight was no different. #NXTJacksonville pic.twitter.com/e9mGlSg5ce
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) April 20, 2019
Lucha House Party & Zelina Vega
WWE has seen the demise of a few factions recently, including the Riott Squad and the Shield. Why not have Zelina Vega expand her influence to a trio of luchadores? By adding Lince Dorado, Kalisto, and Gran Metalik to her list of clients, Vega could have her very own version of the Latino World Order.
The LWO in its original form in WCW only lasted for three months. This one, including Andrade, could become a menace for the rest of the RAW roster. Andrade could challenge for a singles title while the Lucha House Party become tag title contenders. The Lucha House Party have already shown heelish tendencies due to their “Lucha House Rules” matches they had with the Revival.
Rey Mysterio would be a natural antagonist for the new group. Mysterio was the first rival for the original LWO in WCW, and could warn them against repeating the actions of the last group. No matter who goes up against them, a new LWO lead by Zelina Vega would be a force on Monday nights.