John Laurinaitis has been placed on administrative leave by WWE
The fallout from the announcement that Vince McMahon had agreed to a $3 million hush-money payment with a former employee was quick. McMahon had stepped aside as the company’s active CEO and Chairman of the Board in favor of his daughter Stephanie before the week’s episode of SmackDown could air, and he pledged to accept the conclusions of the WWE Board of Directors’ independent investigation, whatever they might be.
Granted, McMahon retained creative control of the weekly shows in addition to the match-making book, and he has since appeared in bizarre segments on both SmackDown and RAW, but his status on the business side of the company has undoubtedly changed, even if it isn’t immediately apparent to the fans watching at home.
But what about John Laurinaitis, another WWE employee who was prominently featured in investigative journalism by the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and others? Was he going to keep his job as if nothing had changed after seemingly engaging in many of the same activities as McMahon?
The answer to that question appears to be a loud negative. According to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com, Laurinaitis has been placed on administrative leave and will be replaced as the temporary Head of Talent Relations by Bruce Prichard.