WWE backstage couldn't stand John Laurinaitis

WWE has had to deal with the dire consequences of the global pandemic

by Simone Brugnoli
WWE backstage couldn't stand John Laurinaitis

The wrestling world was shocked by the news of Vince McMahon's retirement, which came like a bolt from the blue in the middle of summer. The now former Chairman of the company decided to leave WWE last July, thanks to the advance of age and the serious allegations of misconduct that fell upon him following an investigation by the Wall Street Journal.

Vince's place was taken by his daughter Stephanie and Nick Khan, while Triple H became the new head of the creative team. The 14-times world champion has shown that he has a very different philosophy from that of his illustrious predecessor and has not hesitated to make some substantial changes to the shows.

As if that weren't enough, The Game brought back several stars who had been released during the pandemic. The likes of Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman and Johnny Gargano returned to WWE, sending fans into raptures. John Laurinaitis works as WWE’s Head of Talent Relations, which means he is partly responsible for hiring and firing superstars.

John Laurinaitis was not loved

In addition to Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis has also said goodbye to WWE. Laurinaitis played a prominent role backstage for nearly two decades before being fired from the Stamford FA over some inappropriate behaviour.

John, who was the head of talent relations, left the company in August 2022. In the latest edition of 'The Wrestling Outlaws' podcast, EC3 gave its candid opinion about Laurinaitis: “John was kind of a politician I don't know how else to define it.

He was in charge of talent relations and he was a master at it. He didn't have a good relationship with all the executives, so much so that he was in and out of WWE at least 2-3 times. I haven't spoken to him many times, so I don't feel like judging him.

I was just a developing kid at the time and dealing with his subordinates”. Former WWE manager Jim Cornette was much harsher: “The truth is that almost nobody liked Laurinaitis. He made a lot of money thanks to his connection with Vince, but he was by no means a creative genius." Reflecting on her conversation with Laurinaitis, 37-year-old Nia Jax said her request to earn less money was turned down: “He was just like, ‘Hey, kid, I hate to do this.’ Instantly when he said that I was like, ‘Oh, am I getting released?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m so sorry.

Due to budget cuts…’ you know the whole spiel. I was just like, ‘Oh, okay, well I’ll take a pay cut if that’s what’s needed,’ just because I knew it was a whole script.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, that’s not it.’”

Wwe Backstage John Laurinaitis