WWE CEO Vince McMahon opened this week's episode of Smackdown and announced that Booker T is the new SmackDown General Manager.

WWE hinted at this development earlier this evening, issuing the following text alert: "Mr. McMahon will name the new General Manager of Smackdown at tonight's live event, and there is strong speculation it will be Booker T."

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