In the last two weeks, there has been nothing but talk of the very uncomfortable situation in which the WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon was accused of having brought an extramarital affair with one of his employees for over a year, which he then tried to cover up with the payment of a large sum of money, estimated at around $3 million.
John Laurinaitis, former director of talent relations, would also have ended in all this, with the Chairman who independently decided to take a step back and give his place to his daughter Stephanie McMahon. Now, after the decision made by Vince, here comes also that of the WWE against Laurinaitis who according to the PWInsider was replaced a few days ago as Head of Talent Relations by Bruce Prichard.
This was communicated to the talents on Raw afternoon through a memo that further informed that John Laurinaitis has been placed on "administrative leave" in light of the serious charges leveled against him and Vince McMahon.
The memo added that Laurinaitis will not be traveling with WWE “pending the conclusion of our Board of Directors' internal investigation”. After that, Laurinaitis's corporate number would also be disabled after more than 20 years in WWE.
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Apparently, it's only take a few days to realize that Bruce Prichard is definitely not loved as a director of WWE talent relations, with several insiders saying they are totally dissatisfied and unhappy with what was WWE's decision in merit.
As also reported by the well-known Dave Meltzer in his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, in fact: "The reaction has generally been very negative from the talents, as Laurinaitis has a better relationship with almost all the talents than Prichard.
A couple of athletes expressed negativity citing the fact that Prichard is generally silent and not dedicated to approaching talent, while Laurinaitis was very open to dialogue and very much approached everyone. Someone even said that the move was frightening."
While Prichard tested negative for COVID-19, he did contract the flu and was also down with an upset stomach. As Prichard highlighted, him not being backstage at three consecutive WWE TVs received unnecessary attention from the wrestling media: "To address some of the rumor and innuendo, which is complete horsesh** out there in the wrestling media if you will.
This year, I took it (vacation) at a time when we didn't have two SmackDowns. We pre-recorded, and we had a count show. So there was no TV to go to in general."