John Laurinaitis was the former Head of Talent Relations of WWE and made headlines for all the wrong reasons after he was allegedly involved in Vince McMahon’s hush money settlement scandal. It all came crashing down right after that in a huge way. While he is no longer associated with WWE, it appears that Laurinaitis once told Stevie Richards he was worthless to WWE.

Stevie Richards is a true veteran in the world of professional wrestling, who made his way from ECW to WWE back in 1999. Richards worked in the company till 2008 and had a decent run there.

Stevie Richards is mostly remembered for his time as a member of the Right to Censor group in 2000 and 2001. He also won the Hardcore Championship 21 times and the European Championship once.

While speaking to WSI’s James Romero, Stevie Richards revealed that he wanted the company to let him keep his ring name after he left. He negotiated the deal with John Laurinaitis, who ended up telling Richards he was worthless to WWE.


“He said something that was a harsh truth, and he goes, ‘I know they’re gonna say yes to that because your name is worthless here. Your character is worthless. You’re just not part of anybody’s plans. I could have very easily said, ‘How could you say that?’ but to me, I was like, ‘I’m gonna get what I want, so go ahead.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, you’re right, I’m a piece of s***.'”

Johnny Ace was placed on indefinite administrative leave, and his future was all but certain after that. As previously reported, John Laurinaitis was fired by WWE earlier last year. Regardless, Johnny Ace will never be liked by many people and that’s unlikely to ever change.

What’s your view on this story? Are you surprised by what John Laurinaitis said? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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