YMMV / John Laurinaitis

  • Creator's Pet:
    • Was Mrs. Baba's favorite wrestler in All Japan Pro Wrestling despite being out-classed by virtually everyone else on the same level.
    • As mentioned below, Laurinaitis was also this in WWE, this time due to him being one of Vince's yesmen. Despite him lacking the ability to be an onscreen performer (with poor acting and mic skills) and his character being not only generic and dull, but also an extremely irritating and poor Mr. McMahon wannabe overall, he got pushed to the moon as a top heel in WWE. It reached an all time high when he was the GM of both RAW and Smackdown and became a borderline Villain Protagonist. It even got as far as Laurinaitis main eventing a PPV against John Cena, the top face and star of the company, which he wound up WINNING. And he escaped justice so often that it seemed like he would never go away and would be around hogging the spotlight for a long time. Thankfully he didn't, and was fired No Way Out. However on the following RAW Laurinaitis was still rewarded with bloated screentime and got to main event the show before (finally) leaving television. Somebody upstairs didn't like Laurinaitis, but equally, WWE creative couldn't resist trolling both him and the audience one more time. Needless to say the fanbase did not mourn his departure.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Was a top Gaijin for All Japan Pro Wrestling, reaching levels of success far beyond anything he ever achieved in the U.S. as a wrestler. He held the All Japan Pro Wrestling All Asia Tag Team Titles twice with one of the promotion's all-time greats, Kenta Kobashi and the All Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Titles twice with Kobashi, once with Dr. Death Steve Williams and once with former WWE World Tag Team Champion Bart Gunn.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: He wrestled against "Mean" Mark Callous who was being managed by Theodore Long, in 1990 with WCW, in a match announced by Jim Ross. "Mean Mark" is now the legendary Undertaker, and John is a WWE authority figure and Teddy is his archnemesis. JR changed his gimmick and is now an announcing legend.
  • Never Live It Down: His stint in WCW with Shane Douglas as the skateboarding tag team "The Dynamic Dudes" is always brought up by CM Punk and John Cena. Too bad most fans, young and old, didn't watch early 90s WCW.
    • Brick Joke: During the 2011 Slammy Awards they finally show video clips of this period, set to "The Touch" by Stan Bush.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The IWC hype for Laurinaitis proved to be a white elephant, as he just was your typical bigmouth authority figure, even in his main event match against John Cena. In comparison, Vince and even his son Shane — despite never being full-time wrestlers and not even needing to wrestle at all — put on much better matches than Laurinaitis did. Meaning that Laurinaitis is just simply a god awful performer overall.
  • Retroactive Recognition/Early-Bird Cameo: Careful examination from the segment from several years back where Randy Orton punted Vince McMahon will reveal it as John Laurinaitis' first appearance on WWE programming.
    • He was also name-dropped by CM Punk in his now-infamous Worked Shoot promo as one of Vince's "gladhanding, nonsensical, douchebag yes men" - possibly setting up the two's ongoing feud during his tenure nearly four months before it started.
    • When John Cena threw Edge into the Long Island Sound in 2006, Laurinaitis was clearly heard trying to stop Cena, with Cena punching him in the face. (If WWE looked this far back, they'd have been able to use this as an excuse for him to feud with Cena in the first place.)
    • Even earlier than that, he was seen when after Kane had lost his mask and went berserk on everyone. When Kane at one point tombstoned Linda McMahon on the stage, and he was one of the people trying to stop him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Initially the IWC was excited to see Laurinaitis on television, as he was originally Vince's onscreen Yes-Man to mirror how he is viewed as one of Vince's yesmen in Real Life, and thought he would play the role of Vince's bumbling stooge similar to Patterson and Briscoe during the Attitude Era, a role that would have been a LOT more fitting for Laurinaitis due to his constantly stumbling on the mic and his overall awkward personality. Instead he got promoted by Vince to the role of RAW General Manager, and eventually he became Smackdown GM as well and pushed him as a Small Name, Big Ego Tyrant Takes the Helm and he eventually was turned into an attempted borderline Knight of Cerebus whom everyone was supposed to take seriously and view as a legitimately threatening heel. It didn't go as well as WWE had hoped, since Laurinaitis's limited abilities as a performer made him ineffective to play a role that big, either coming across as so bumbling he was impossible to take seriously or just simply annoyed people.
    • The Invincible Villain thing didn't help, either. Most heel GMs have one or two "problem children" who seem to always be able to outsmart them when the heel bosses tries to screw them (Austin to McMahon, for instance). "Big Johnny", though, was the opposite, where he always was able to outsmart the faces regardless of the effort they put into winning against him (even a small victory proved difficult). This has been sort of a thing for the WWE lately (not to mention that the bosses seem to take up more screen time then many wrestlers do and they want to make their mark on EVERY! SINGLE! SEGMENT!), but it really became annoying during Laurinaitis' tenure.
  • X-Pac Heat:
    • Marks and smarks alike despise Laurinaitis for his spotty record as a Real Life talent scout, rather than just being a Heel. Unlike say, Paul Heyman (a man of dubious moral compass who nonetheless cuts an amazing promo), there was no redemption for Laurinaitis due to his stock character, his nonexistent charisma, and constant botching of words...along with his annoying voice and relying on listing his job title every night. His very existence is proof that WWE still doesn't understand (or is indifferent to) the difference between good heat vs. cheap heat. (See: Michael Cole.)
    • Even marks, who normally watch wrestling as if it were real and hate heels solely based on what they did onscreen, simply hate Laurinaitis because they find him boring and believe he is making the product boring.
    • Long before that, as one half of the Dynamic Dudes (a pair of skateboarding wrestlers). When they received a face push by having manager Jim Cornette betray them for an opposing heel tag team (the Midnight Express), the audience cheered Cornette.