Welcome home. There are a lot of wrestlers on the WWE roster today and that can make for a lot of problems behind the scenes. With so many things going on at the same time, it can be quite the trick to put so many people together and make things run smoothly. The wrong choice of a person to handle that can create even more issues and that might be the case again.
Some people in wrestling are lifers who have an in-ring career and then move on to working backstage in some capacity. That is the case with John Laurinaitis, better known as Johnny Ace, who wrestled from 1986-2000 before beginning to work backstage for WCW. He did similar work in WWE, eventually becoming the head of talent relations from 2004-2013. His time in the role received some mixed reviews, but now he might get a fresh start.
According to F4WOnline.com, Laurinaitis is once again the head of talent relations and reports to Brad Blum, the Executive Vice President of Operations. Laurinaitis’ title will be General Manager, Talent and it is not know when he will start or if he already has. The talent department is also being split in two, with half being the traditional talent relations and the other being called Talent Branding, which will serve as something of a talent agency. The new division will book wrestlers for commercials, television appearances and more.
Laurinaitis had a nice in-ring career of his own. Check out how he did in the ring:
Opinion: I’m not sure how this is going to go as Laurinaitis did not have the best reputation for this job. Maybe that has changed a little bit over the years, but there is no guarantee that will be the case. Hopefully we do not get all of his negatives but instead a mixture of his positives and experience. This is an important spot and doing it wrong could hurt all kinds of things up and down the card.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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