Replicating the brilliance of late-nineties Mr. McMahon as an on-screen shot-caller has been a daunting task, but that hasn't stopped wrestling promotions (WWE themselves most certainly included) from going back to the commissioner/general manager/evil owner tropes that have been part of wrestling for well beyond two decades, to generally diminishing returns.
All Elite Wrestling has thus far resisted the urge to follow in those footsteps, and if one of the company's leading voices has his way, that won't change any time soon.
AEW Executive Vice President and babyface star Cody Rhodes took part in a question and answer session on Twitter on Saturday, and responded to one fan who asked when there was going to be an authority figure on AEW Dynamite.
"Hopefully never," Rhodes responded. "The audience isn’t dumb, they know who management is. Authority elements seem insulting in this era. This is just my opinion, as there’s a lot of fun ways to do this and I respect those."
Rhodes will take on Lance Archer in the tournament final to crown the first ever AEW TNT champion at Double or Nothing on May 23.