Who is John Laurinaitis?
John Laurinaitis is a former WWE professional wrestler and producer. John Laurinaitis has won numerous championships as a professional wrestler. John worked as a producer for WWE, where he was involved in many memorable moments from the broadcast WWE Raw shows.
The 6x FCW Tag Team Championship and 2x All Asia Tag Team Championship are among his most remarkable achievements.
Early Life, Family, and Education
John Laurinaitis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 31, 1962.
He is one of the well-known Laurinaitis brothers in the WWE.
There isn’t any information available about John’s parents.
It has been kept hidden from the public by the three Laurinaitis brothers.
John is also a Leo, according to his horoscope. Leos are well-known for their self-assurance and ambition.
Education and Body Measurements
Moving on, John is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighs 250 pounds (110 kg).
No information about his educational history is accessible from any sources.
The Laurinaitis family keeps all facts about him before his wrestling career hidden from the public.
Facts of John Laurinaitis
|Full Name||John Hodger Laurinaitis|
|Birth Date||July 31st, 1962|
|Birth Place||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Age||59 Years Old|
|Nickname||Johnny Ace, Johnny Laryngitis|
|Siblings||Joseph Michael Laurinaitis (Road Warrior Animal), Marcus Laurinaitis (The Terminator)|
|Height||6’4” (1.93 m)|
|Weight||250 lb (110 kgs)|
|Trained By||Nelson Royal|
|Children||Maya Laurinaitis, Zack Laurinaitis, JJ Garcia, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella|
|Profession||Retired Professional Wrestler, Producer|
|Net Worth||$1.5 million|
|Awards and accomplishments||6x FCW Tag Team Championship
World’s Strongest Tag Determination League New Wave Award- 1988
2x All Asia Tag Team Championship
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Last Update||April 2022|
John Laurinaitis’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million. Laurinaitis has been working for the wrestling world since 1986.
After his retirement, he worked for several years as a producer for WWE. So it is quite clear that he has earned a pretty amount for himself over the years.
Moreover, the details regarding his estimated earnings and salary are not made available to any sources.
Career and Profession
WCW and the National Wrestling Alliance
Johnny Ace debuted in the WWE in 1986 under the ring name Johnny Ace.
He began his professional wrestling career with the CWF (Championship Wrestling from Florida), where he frequently teamed up with his brother Marcus, called The Terminator.
Later, John wrestled for Jim Crockett Promotions, a family-owned professional wrestling company that is part of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWF).
He teamed up with Shane Douglas and became known as “The Dynamic Dudes” there. Jim Cornette, a former wrestler, was in charge of both wrestlers.
Prior to joining The Dynamic Dudes, John was the flagbearer for “The Sheepherders,” a professional wrestling tag team that was originally known as the New Zealand Kiwis.
Furthermore, John lost his final WCW match to The Undertaker at Capital Combat on May 19, 1990.
All Japan Pro Wrestling
When All Japan Pro Wrestling severed connections with the NWA in 1990, John chose to remain in the organization, becoming a permanent foreign fixture of the AJPW.
He worked with Kenta Kobashi, dubbed “Dr. Death,” Bart Gunn, and Steve Williams during his tenure there.
John has won numerous championships, including the All Asia Tag Team Championship twice, the 4x World Tag Team Championship, and the New Year’s Heavyweight Battle Royal.
Dave Meltzer gave him Five Stars in two of his matches.
John also received the Wrestling Observer’s Match of the Year award and was ranked #77 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s (PWI) top 500 wrestlers for 1997.
John achieved the pinnacle of his singles career on February 28th, 1998, when he faced Mitsuharu Misawa for the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.
Wrestling at the World Championships
After the split between All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Noah in 2000, John retired from the ring and went to World Championship Wrestling, where he replaced Vince Russo as a chief booker.
He was in charge of booking the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship’s highly praised one-night single-elimination tournament.
Talent Operations Senior Vice President
After acquiring key WCW assets, the WWF engaged John as a road agent in March 2001. In June of the same year, he was elevated to Director of Talent Relations for the second time.
He took over as Vice President of Talent Relations from Jim Ross, and the WWF promoted him to Senior Vice President in February 2007.
Furthermore, in March 2009, John was promoted to Executive Vice President.
When Stephanie McMahon took over the Department of Talent Relations and passed the reins over to Paul Levesque, John was demoted to Senior Vice President of Talent Operations from his executive position.
John received a lot of criticism from his coworkers during his time as a Vice President of Talent Operations. In 2012, John was relieved of his backstage executive duties and returned to his position as a road agent.
Figure of authority on the air
During CM Punk’s notorious “pipe bomb” promo on June 27, 2011, John was referred to as a “glad-handing, nonsensical, douchebag” who told Vince McMahon anything he wanted to hear.
Under McMahon’s orders, John attempted to duplicate the Montreal Screwjob at the peak of the WWE Championship battle but defending WWE Champion John Cena advanced to knock John out, as he didn’t want to win the event that way.
On the August 1st episode of Raw, John barged into Triple H and demanded that he remove Cena from his WWE Championship, prompting Cena to threaten Laurinaitis before fleeing the ring.
Raw’s Interim General Manager
On October 10th, following a kayfabe strike by members of the WWE roster, Triple H’s management, Vince McMahon, announced John as the new Interim General Manager of Raw.
He dismissed Jim Ross the same night and rehired The Miz and R-Truth.
Using his “People Power” motto, John promised that he would listen to WWE fans. However, he soon began to show bias toward WWE Champion CM Punk, who has repeatedly criticized him and questioned his sincerity in recent months.
John put Punk in a gauntlet match against three opponents on the December 26th episode of Raw.
Punk agreed to the fight on the condition that if he defeated all three opponents, he would be given a battle against Laurinaitis.
John diverted Punk throughout the match, allowing Dolph Ziggler to pin Punk and earn a title shot. He distracted Punk again the following week, causing him to be counted out of his title match.
John then registered a match between Punk and Ziggler. He referred to himself as a guest referee and continued to cause Punk to lose to Ziggler, which eventually led to Punk attacking John, declaring that he was abusing his power.
On January 30th, John was set by the Board of Directors to have a performance review by Triple H, where he degraded John and his actions.
But before the final judgment, Triple H was interrupted by The Undertaker. Later, the Board of Directors decided to retain John as Interim General Manager on February 7th, 2012.
Feud with Theodore Long
John wrestled his first match after eleven years, which was also his first match for WWE. He lost to Theodore Long in a singles match.
He continued his dispute with Long until WrestleMania XXVIII, where both Long and John appointed six wrestlers to represent them, with the triumphant team earning General Manager authority over both brands.
Team Johnny defeated Team Teddy, following in Long losing his post as General Manager of SmackDown.
On the April 6th, 2012 edition of SmackDown. Moreover, John pushed Long to become his new assistant after threatening to terminate Long’s grandchildren’s trust fund.
Occasional appearances in WWE
For SmackDown’s 15th Anniversary Special on October 10th, 2014, John formed a team to face Teddy Long’s team to become the most renowned GM in SmackDown history, but Teddy Long’s team won the match.
John made his entrance during the June 20th, 2016 episode of Raw but was sent off the stage by Shane McMahon.
On January 22nd, 2018, he was one of the guests that appeared on stage during the 25th Anniversary episode of WWE Raw.
Moreover, on May 10th, 2020, he made a cameo appearance during the Men and Women’s Money in the Bank match, filmed inside the WWE headquarters.
Wife and Children
John Laurinaitis married Kathy Colace on March 24th, 2016.
She is the mother of the famous Bella Twins, Brie Bella and Nikki Bella.
Also, she has a son named JJ Garcia. Reportedly, The couple got engaged on September 3rd, 2015.
Also, John has two children from his past relationship Maya Laurinaitis and Zack Laurinaitis.
Social Media Presence
His Instagram has 36.5K followers and his Twitter has 43.8K followers.