"Like father, like daughter," might be a slight variation of the popular cliche, but it seems to fit Stephanie McMahon’s ongoing power play behind the WWE curtains to phase out her father’s crew of important people.
Much like Vince McMahon slowly accomplished after taking over the company from his father in 1982, sources tell us Steph is putting the same pieces in place with Gerry Brisco as the next victim.
Brisco – a road agent and WWE Hall of Famer – is currently serving an endless term of employment for Vince & Company, due to selling Vince his share of interest in Georgia Championship Wrestling back in the 1980’s. He travels to all events, runs the "Gorilla Position" and times out the shows, the latter of which is now being taught to Billy Kidman.
The original backup to Brisco was Bruce Pritchard, but he was released in December of last year. Kidman was selected in part because Johnny Laurinaitis likes him, but also due to his lack of ties to Vince. Stephanie can consider him as part of "her crew". Currently, Kidman is sitting next to Brisco at tapings learning how to time shows while they’re in the process of running.
While Brisco is the latest move made by Vince’s "little princess", it’s definitely not her first. Johnny Ace’s replacement of Jim Ross as Head of Talent Relations was the first major step.
She continued to add to her own plate by taking over the entire Talent Relations division, in addition to being put in charge of Writing. It’s also been said that her and Hunter have complained about some of the older guys, including Jack Lanza and Sgt. Slaughter.
Slaughter was released earlier this year and Lanza has been reduced to an email consultant that no one ever consults.