When John Laurinaitis was Head of Talent Relations at WWE, he made a lot of enemies in the locker room due to his controversial methods. Now an allegation has surfaced about Johnny Ace threatening to fire a former tag champion for wearing sweatpants.

Speaking to Story Time with Dutch Mantell, Tom Prichard disclosed that he used to wear sweatpants to the office, which didn’t go over well with Laurinaitis. He then revealed that Johnny Ace confronted him about it.

“You know I had an office on the fourth floor, right? (…) I didn’t belong on the fourth floor. I wore my sweatsuit, my sweatpants, my gym clothes, my workout stuff because I figured I was a coach. And then John Laurinaitis saw me one time, ‘I need you to dress more professionally.’ So that was on a Friday and I knew he was going be on the road on Monday so guess what I came in wearing on a Monday, my sweatpants,”

“He called the office to check and see what I was wearing. He really did. And Andrew Russo put the call in to me. He says you got to call one whatever else I picked up, ‘hey Tommy, what are you wearing today?’ [imitating Laurinaites], he goes, ‘I can make it to where you could wear sweatpants every day if you want.’ I said, ‘no John, I understand.’ And I lived right around the corner from the office so I went home and changed,”


Laurinaitis may have done a lot of his to annoy talent when he was in charge, but he was actually in the right on this one. Unless you get permission or even being at WWE shows, it’s not a good look to wear sweats in a corporate environment. Needless to say, WWE has a very strict dress policy, and Johnny Ace did what he could to hold to that.

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Andre Porter

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