WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long remains one of the most beloved figures in the history of WWE. His comedic timing made him a huge attraction as the Smackdown General Manager. That said, it appears Long claimed that John Laurinaitis set him up to be fired by WWE.

Long would become arguably the most iconic General Manager, being famous for dancing to his own theme song and having famous catchphrases. This included him booking stars in a match against The Undertaker.

Long began his career as a referee in WWE. While speaking on The Wrestling Time Machine, Teddy Long talked about his time in WWE. Long opened up about being fired for an apparent screw-up while officiating.

John Laurinaitis sent him to Hawaii where he was to referee a match between Christian and Test. That’s when an issue took place and he got fired. Long claimed that it was all a set up orchestrated by John Laurinaitis.


“I just got a call one day from Jim Ross … He said, ‘Well, you know you’re gonna have to go all the way back to the bottom.’

What I did, I went and made the count, 1-2- you know … One of the guys didn’t kick out, so I went on down to 3, so they tried to say that I screwed the finish up, so Johnny fired me,” Long continued. Years later, he’d learn it was a set-up.”I had the opportunity to see Test before he died, and he said, ‘Hey man, they set you up. I didn’t know that they were trying to get me to help them to fire you,'” he continued. A short time later, Laurinaitis called and invited Long back. He wasn’t real thrilled … “And he said they wanted to bring me back to come in as a manager.”

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.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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