John Laurinaitis was recently placed on administrative leave for his alleged role in the ongoing Vince McMahon sex scandal. Laurinaitis was replaced by Bruce Prichard as Head of Talent Relations for WWE after being implicated in improper behavior with at least one company employee. All signs pointed to him being fired, but some believe WWE will still be taking care of him on the way out.
WWE has not officially announced the firing of John Laurinaitis just yet. At this point, that appears to be only a matter of time. Ringside News exclusively reported that the company had shut off John’s corporate cell phone. Johnny Ace’s firing appears to be one of the worst-kept secrets in wrestling.
In a report behind the Fightful paywall, Sean Ross Sapp noted that he spoke to WWE employees about the John Laurinaitis situation. While everybody believes he will never return, many think he has a “golden parachute” deal in place. If that’s the case, he would be essentially taken care of financially despite his actions.
“Everyone that Fightful spoke with continued to believe that John Laurinaitis was “done” in the company, but believes he has a “golden parachute” deal with WWE that will likely take care of him.
Female talent had contacted Fightful last year upon his promotion back into talent relations expressing their frustration. One higher up told Fightful “Johnny Ace’s ninth life is about to be lost.””
Female talent in WWE has long been weary of John Laurinaitis. It seems that the entire corporate structure of the company knew that he was only a mistake or two away from being fired. It now appears that has come to pass, as even WWE employees think his time there is finished. If these reports are true, the company will still be footing the bill to make sure he lives a comfortable life despite the horrible allegations against him.
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