One thing is for sure: These are uncertain times for "Mr. Excitement" John Laurinaitis.
He was fired as Raw and SmackDown general manager last month, per the stipulations of the John Cena/Big Show cage match at No Way Out.
Soon after it was then reported that Laurinaitis' demotion was not just limited to his on-screen duties—he was losing significant backstage power too, as chief operating officer Triple H continues his ascent to the top of the company.
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer provides an update on the former GM, noting that while his real-life power and influence continues to be on the wane, it is expected that he will back on screen at some point in the future.
His real-life power base is continuing to weaken. HHH now has his people involved and running just about every aspect of the talent relations division. Laurinaitis may still be doing payroll, but he’s mostly these days a performer. The expectation is still that he’s going to be brought back, given he’s still being booked all over the place.
In the weeks since his firing, Laurinaitis has continued to perform on house shows, with the storyline explanation being that the WWE Board of Directors are forcing him to fulfill the terms of his contract and make additional appearances.