Monday Night Raw has had a whole host of General Managers over the past few decades. It has also had a few different guest hosts as well as many other members of the McMahon Family coming and going as the authority figures on WWE TV.
The General Manager is in a position of power on the Raw show, and much of the time, based on whether they are decided to be a Face or Heel manager, they integrate themselves into the storylines as part of the show. Mick Foley was the most recent manager, and given that he was fired on Monday night, there are many rumours now stating that Kurt Angle could be the one that is chosen to replace The Hardcore Legend, given that he is returning to WWE next week to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
With this in mind, there have been many memorable moments throughout Mick Foley’s reign as GM since the Summer of 2016. There have also been many other memorable moments for many general managers over the past few decades, and here are the 15 most memorable superstars and celebrities who have been chosen to run the Raw brand in the past.
15. Steve Austin
Steve Austin may be one of the most memorable WWE Superstars of all time, but he also once had a stint as the co-general manager of Monday Night Raw back in 2003. Austin was fired by Eric Bishoff at the time but was then brought back as the manager by Linda McMahon.
There was tension between Bishoff and Austin throughout, but it seems that Austin was only put in this position so that he could still be on TV despite the fact that he was suffering from various different injuries that prevented him from doing as much wrestling in a WWE ring at that time. Austin only lasted a few months in the position.
14. Mike Adamle
Mike Adamle became known to the WWE Universe as a commentator. He began commentating at the 2008 Royal Rumble and received a lot of heat from the WWE Universe because of the number of mistakes he made while working as an announcer.
Shane McMahon unveiled Adamle as the new Raw General Manager in the summer of 2008 and this then led to many new matches that were dubbed “Adamle Originals.” There was also a confrontation between Orton and Adamle after The Viper openly insulted the General Manager and received a slap for his comments. Adamle shockingly resigned from Raw after just a few months in charge and decided to leave the company altogether.
13. Mick Foley
Mick Foley is the most recent Raw General Manager. He was given the position on the Raw brand by Stephanie McMahon ahead of the brand split last summer and has since been forced to be the face character balancing out the authority figures while Stephanie remained as a heel.
Mick has had many memorable moments over the past few months, putting together Sheamus and Cesaro as a tag team, saving Sami Zayn from being destroyed by Braun Strowman and even attacking Triple H with the mandible claw. It’s been an incredible few months for the Hardcore Legend, who is now set to undergo hip surgery during his time away.
12. The Authority
The Authority consisted of Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, and they ran riot over Monday night Raw and the entire WWE for a number of months. Their most memorable feud came when Daniel Bryan was raging against the machine and attempting to become the new face of WWE.
This storyline lasted for a number of years before Bryan finally overcame Triple H and his wife at WrestleMania 30. The Authority were also instrumental in the rise of Seth Rollins following the breakup of The Shield. The end of The Authority only came when Rollins and Triple H turned on each other last year and now they are set to face off at WrestleMania next weekend.
11. Bret Hart
The Best There is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be, returned to WWE back in 2010 and was unveiled as the General Manager of Monday Night Raw after his run as United States Champion.
Bret helped to set up many matches for the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view that year. He included Batista in this, but The Animal refused to compete and quit WWE. Hart was also forced to vacate the US Championship, which was later won by R-Truth. Hart had many problems with the NXT Rookies throughout his time as GM. It seems that this was the main reason Bret was relieved of his duties after he failed to show up for the pay-per-view that he had planned for so many weeks before.
10. William Regal
William Regal is a British legend when it comes to wrestling and is the current General Manager of NXT, but back in 2007, Regal was unveiled as the General Manager of Monday Night Raw.
William Regal was announced as the manager after he won an over-the-top-rope Battle Royale and began adding a little more excitement to Raw after he took over. Regal was attacked by John Cena and put on the shelf for a month, so when he returned he sided with Vince McMahon and seemingly turned heel. Regal was still seen as a person who was being pressured by McMahon, but a few weeks later he fully turned heel when he cost Triple H his place in The Royal Rumble and ensured that Ric Flair could continue wrestling.
9. Jonathan Coachman
Jonathan Coachman was one of the biggest laughing stocks in WWE while he was with the company. Right now, he’s become one of the leading faces of ESPN, but his career has only skyrocketed since he left WWE.
Coachman was abused by many members of the WWE Locker Room who laughed about the fact that he was given any sort of power. Coach was never given a proper chance and was put into some crazy matches that he had no chance of winning. Coach only ever acted as an Interim Raw General Manager while William Regal was in charge, and stepped into the GM spot when Regal was injured or unavailable.
8. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan was awarded the General Manager of SmackDown position following his in-ring retirement but this isn’t the first time that Daniel was given a position of power on Monday Night Raw, it was back in 2014 for one night only.
Daniel Bryan made his return to WWE back in 2014 for the first time since his injury more than two years ago and was made General Manager of Raw for one night. Bryan turned Kane into concessions and forced Luke Harper to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose. Bryan also created a tag team match for the main event that night and used his new found power to one up The Authority.
7. Brad Maddox
Brad Maddox was introduced to WWE as a referee and was made famous because of the fact that he low-blowed Ryback and cost him the WWE Championship at Hell In A Cell. Brad then drifted into a backstage role alongside Vickie Guerrero, and after she was fired when it was revealed that the WWE Universe thought that she failed at her job, Brad was promoted to Raw General Manager.
Maddox was seen as a face manager for much of his time as the GM and after allowing John Cena to pick his own opponent at SummerSlam, and then The Shield to be at ringside for their match. The Authority then relieved Brad of his duties and had Kane attack him. Brad returned to in-ring action following this, but was legitimately fired from WWE a few months later.
6. John Laurinaitis
The step-father of The Bella Twins was once the man in charge of Monday Night Raw as well. John Laurinaitis had worked behind the scenes with WWE for more than a decade when he finally made his debut on Raw as the new authority figure.
Laurinaitis was unveiled as the new General Manager by Vince McMahon towards the end of 2011. He then went on to become a heel manager after he asked Alberto Del Rio to cost CM Punk the WWE Championship. Laurinaitis didn’t last very long as the GM but his highlights did see Team Johnny vs Team Teddy Long at WrestleMania. Laurinaitis made a return to WWE TV in 2016 when Stephanie was looking for a new Raw General Manager, but she decided against choosing him.
5. Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon is the Chairman of WWE and the ultimate authority figure, so it comes as no surprise that he also had a spell as Raw General Manager. McMahon took over the reigns of the popular Monday night show back in 2005 and used it to his advantage.
He became a power hungry version of General Manager and throughout his time he was building up a match between himself and Shawn Michaels. McMahon used his power to make Michaels’ life a living hell. That is, until HBK finally got his revenge in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania 22 when he put McMahon into a bin and handcuffed his son Shane to the ring ropes and forced him to watch. Vince McMahon took a lot of time off TV after that beating and ended up leaving his position not long afterwards.
4. Vickie Guerrero
Vickie Guerrero was introduced to the WWE Universe as the wife of the late great Eddie Guerrero. Vickie was slowly added to storylines involving her nephew Chavo Guerrero before it was decided that she would be given the reins of Monday Night Raw.
Vickie became one of the most annoying Raw General Managers at that point and became involved in relationships with both Edge and Dolph Ziggler. Vickie was a great presence on the roster at that time and managed to portray a great character. It was also nice that WWE allowed her to get her own back on Stephanie and do her husband’s signature shimmy before she walked away from the company for the last time.
3. Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff is considered to be the first Raw General Manager. He was given the job back in 2002 and went on to become a popular character on WWE TV over the next few years. Bischoff was a memorable figure on WWE TV, and one of the most memorable moments of his career was when Vince McMahon fired him and threw him into the back of a garbage truck.
Bischoff’s reign as GM is longer than any other manager in WWE history and it saw the beginning of Elimination Chamber. Bischoff also had standout feuds with the likes of Steve Austin, John Cena, and Stephanie McMahon throughout his lengthy reign.
2. AJ Lee
AJ Lee was a contestant as part of NXT’s all-female season. She was brought up to the main roster after she failed to win the competition, and after a main event level storyline with both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, it was announced that Vince McMahon offered her the job as Raw General Manager.
Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero both wanted AJ’s job and undermined her throughout, while AJ herself used her new found power to make Daniel Bryan’s life a living hell before she was finally relieved of her duties when it was revealed that she was in a relationship with John Cena. Vickie Guerrero revealed this to the WWE Universe and John and AJ then went on to confirm it themselves before AJ then slowly moved through the male roster over the next few years.
1. Anonymous Raw General Manager
The Anonymous Raw General Manager was one of the most annoying concepts that WWE ever came up with. The beep of the laptop, Michael Cole stating “and I quote,” it was one of the strangest things that WWE ever decided to unveil, yet it is also the most memorable.
The anonymous manager storyline would have made a lot more sense if it didn’t last as long as it did. There were a lot of loopholes that WWE forgot to tie up throughout and when it was seemingly revealed that Hornswoggle was the actual person behind the laptop the whole time, it ruined the storyline altogether. It was thought that the Anonymous General Manager would return back in 2014 but it seems that WWE decided to scrap that idea, luckily for us.