For many casual fans of the WWE, John Laurinaitis was a complete stranger before he made his on-screen debut as a “stooge” of Vince McMahon.
Today, many people see him as the person CM Punk claimed him to be: a “glad-handing, nonsensical, d*****bag yes-man.”
As fellow Bleacher David Bixenspan graciously pointed out in his article, John’s reputation as the real-life Talent Relations V.P. is a complete joke.
Punk already exposed him for being incompetent on the microphone during promos and for bearing a visual and audible resemblance to Marty Funkhouser from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
So why would anyone want to see this man face John Cena in a wrestling match at Over the Limit?
The answer is simple; unlike most authority figures such as Vince and Eric Bischoff, Laurinaitis is a trained athlete who has competed in high-caliber matches.
Before he was branded with the term “Clown Shoes,” John Laurinaitis was a professional wrestler named Johnny Ace.
It is true that Johnny Ace got into the business primary because he is the younger brother of Joe Laurinaitis, a.k.a. Road Warrior Animal.
It is also true that he began his career as a flag bearer for Luke and Butch of the Sheepherders.
But from 1990 to 2000, Johnny Ace was well-respected as a performer while working in Japan, a territory where the matches can be quite brutal.
And Johnny built several accolades for himself during his days in the "land of the rising sun."
So now, we will look at a few things that we need to know about the wrestling career of John Laurinaitis.