If the WWE is trying to make John Laurinaitis the next Mr. McMahon, they've failed miserably.
The definition of a bully is, "a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker."
Based on that definition, John Laurinaitis hasn't really been a bully, but a victim of bullying.
John Laurinaitis is weak.
Sure, Laurinaitis fired Big Show and makes Teddy Long work for him, but that's about all Laurinaitis has done. Furthermore, the WWE has killed any momentum Laurinaitis gained from those actions.
Unlike Mr. McMahon, Laurinaitis isn't the chairman of the board. He has superiors to answer to. This makes it harder to take Laurinaitis seriously.
Laurinaitis not only has to answer to Mr. McMahon, but he has to answer to the chief operating officer—Triple H.
Laurinaitis' power is illusory.
Because of this, WWE's baby faces are free to run over Laurinaitis like there's no tomorrow.
Any time CM Punk is in the same ring or room with Laurinaitis, Punk mocks and insults him. For what? Because Punk is the supposed "voice of the voiceless?"
When Sheamus ran Laurinaitis over, what happened? Nothing, despite the fact that Laurinaitis had claimed that if anyone touched him, they would be fired.
Is John Laurinaitis a bully or just bullied?
Last night on SmackDown, John Cena knocked Laurinaitis out. Guess what happened? Nothing. Why? Because unlike Mr. McMahon, Laurinaitis has no real power to do what he pleases. Sure, he can make matches, but what else can he do?
Any decision Laurinaitis makes can immediately be overturned by his superiors. That's not power.
For instance, after Laurinaitis agreed to Brock Lesnar's demands (such as changing the name of Raw to "Monday Night Raw starring Brock Lesnar") shortly before Extreme Rules, Triple H vetoed the agreement.
Ultimately, if you're going to try to make somebody the next Mr. McMahon, at least give them the power that Mr. McMahon has.
Besides power, Mr. McMahon had top superstars to protect him from Stone Cold Steve Austin. During the late 90s, Mr. McMahon had The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H and others in his corner.
Who does Laurinaitis have to protect him from CM Punk, Sheamus and John Cena?
Big Show? David Otunga? Eve? Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins? Big deal.
Laurinaitis needs people in his corner who are powerful enough to defend him from CM Punk, John Cena and Sheamus. By having powerful people in his corner, Laurinaitis would become powerful just by being associated with powerful people.
Ultimately, Laurinaitis has come across as bullied, not as a bully. This is thanks to the way the WWE has handled Laurinaitis' character. From having baby faces do as they please to having Laurinaitis repeatedly answer to superiors, Laurinaitis has come across as weak.
Will things change for Laurinaitis tomorrow night at No Way Out?
Unless Big Show defeats John Cena and Laurinaitis personally fires Cena on the spot, I doubt it.
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