Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette has had his say on the events surrounding WWE firing former Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis.
John Laurinaitis had been placed on “administrative leave” in June after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged surrounding himself and Vince McMahon. The departure of Johnny Ace came after it was alleged that Vince McMahon paid $3 million to a former employee with whom he had an affair.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported on the 8th of August that John Laurinaitis is no longer with WWE. The report stated that “several WWE sources” had reached out to confirm that Laurinaitis has officially and quietly been let go.
Jim Cornette has now had his say on John Laurinaitis’ departure on his Experience podcast. Cornette harkened back to conversations he had with Laurinaitis during his time running OVW, and it’s safe to say Jim Cornette probably won’t be sending Johnny Ace a fruit basket to wish him all the best in his future endeavours:
“Well, now he wasn’t fired. He was asked politely to leave and never return. Let’s not give a negative spin to these [laughs]. John, John, John, if you’re listening, I’ve told you a million times, it’s a publicly traded company. You can yell at the wrestlers, you can slap smart asses, but you cannot under any circumstances, f*ck the employees and then pay millions of dollars to not talk about it.”
“See if only somebody had been kind enough to smarten Johnny Ace up to what you can and can’t do at a publicly traded company. And if anybody thinks that I’m laughing at someone else’s misfortune, you’re exactly correct. Because I’ve heard it before and I’ve heard people actually say it, but I don’t know who was being referred to in this instance, but it was one of the headlines on Twitter today that one of the top WWE stars said John Laurinaitis was the biggest snake in the business. I think that has given him a lot of credit.”
“He’s tried to be the biggest snake in the business. I don’t know that he ever succeeded, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. But the whole time that this weasel, this f*cking smiling little dimple-faced simpleton was calling me on the phone ‘Oh, Jim, you can’t yell at the wrestlers in wrestling school, you have to empower them. They’re calling to complain that you yelled at them.’”
“Or ‘Oh Jim, you can’t slap that smart ass in your amateur class because he’s a f*cking smart ass d*pshit. This is a publicly traded company.’ ‘Oh Jim, you must use all the lingerie models that we send you because they deserve a chance to be trained like everybody else.’ And meanwhile, he’s getting blown under his desk and using company money, seven figures of it to get the f*cking douchebag not to f*cking talk about it after the fact.”
“So f*ck you John Laurinaitis and your god damn, can’t do this and can’t do that and your publicly traded company. I didn’t get involved in a publicly traded company, they pulled one over on me. I was in the wrestling business, I never asked to be in a fortune 500 company, I don’t like the rules nor the regulations.”
“So I tended to stay over and do my wrestling thing, While you were overdoing your corporate thing, wearing your suit and tie and getting bum-rushed out of Titan Tower for being a f*cking embarrassment to the f*cking company.”
“So f*ck you, Johnny, thank you very much for all those phone calls, trying to tell me how to modify my behaviour when I was running the most successful developmental program that the company has ever been involved with. And you were up there costing them millions of dollars because you couldn’t keep your d*ck in your pants.”
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