Report: John Laurinaitis "Quietly Let Go" From WWE
The former talent relations EVP is out
John Laurinaitis is officially gone from WWE, according to a new report from PWInsider.
Following a report earlier Monday on Laurinaitis' job status, PWInsider heard from several WWE sources, who confirmed that Laurinaitis had been, "... officially, quietly, let go by the company."
According to the new report, Laurinaitis' termination occurred within the last week or so, and was being kept quiet beyond, "... a very small circle."
Laurinaitis' name was tied into the allegations of sexual misconduct and non-disclosure payments surrounding Vince McMahon. On June 21, Laurinaitis was removed from his position of Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, and replaced by Bruce Prichard on an interim basis. A month later, Paul Levesque took over the position.
PWInsider adds that the Board of Directors' investigation into Laurinaitis is still ongoing.
A former wrestler, Laurinaitis moved into a backstage agenting role in WCW in 2000. He came to WWE in 2001, as part of WWE's acquisition of WCW's assets.
After working in talent relations for most of the decade, Laurinaitis was named Executive Vice President of Talent Relations in 2009. By 2012, he had been demoted from that position, reverting back to producing. Laurinaitis returned to the role in March 2021.