John Laurinaitis, WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, is one of Vince McMahon's most trusted
confidents and a respected company employee since he joined the organization in 2001.
Prior to entering the corporate side of the professional wrestling industry, Laurinaitis competed as Johnny Ace
throughout the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from the squared circle in 2000. He worked for World Championship
Wrestling in talent relations and operations from June 2000 until WWE's acquisition of WCW in March 2001. Laurinaitis
continued to rise up the corporate ranks in the ensuing years; he was promoted to Vice President of Talent Relations for WWE
in 2004; became Senior Vice President of Talent Relations in 2007; promoted to his current position of Executive Vice
President of Talent Relations in 2009.
Laurinaitis was introduced to the WWE viewing audience during a worked shoot angle on the June 27, 2011 episode of
Monday Night Raw as CM Punk dubbed the company corporate head a "glad-handed, nonsensical, douchebag, yes man" who
would "tell (Vince McMahon) everything he wants to hear." He subsequently made an appearance at Money in the Bank
as an associate of McMahon's. Under his master's orders, Laurinaitis stormed the ring during the WWE Championship Match only
to be clocked in the kisser by John Cena.