Over the last few months, one of the top storylines featured on Friday Night SmackDown involves Otis, Mandy Rose, Dolph Ziggler, and Sonya Deville. Many fans have praised the storyline.
Former WWE creative writer Andrea Listenberger, who was released last month due to budget cuts, was originally credited with coming up with the storyline. It turns out that WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon had a lot of involvement with it because he is said to be a fan of the Otis character.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “a lot, perhaps most of the Otis stuff is from Vince McMahon who likes the character.”
It was noted that some people in WWE have stated that “Listenberger’s role was in writing the promos, but was not the driving force in the storyline.”
Those sources have also stated that she was a good writer while others have said that there are people on the SmackDown creative team that could have gone to bat for her when WWE started making staff cuts.
In various interviews, Rose has said that she pitched the general idea of the storyline to McMahon.
With McMahon being a fan of Otis and personally involved in the storyline, perhaps there is much more to come on TV.