After WWE.com reported the surprising news on July 30 that John Laurinaitis has resigned as the company's senior vice president of talent relations (a position he has held for several years), in-depth details have begun to emerge about the exit as well as its long-term ramifications.
While the article claimed that the resignation came about because the VP felt "burned out" and wanted to take on the lesser role of producer and talent agent, in this week's (subscribers only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes there was slightly more to the story.
Indeed, it seems chief operating officer HHH's ascension to the top of the company played a significant role, with Hunter wanting to place several of his own people in charge in the top positions.
According to those in the company, he had talked about how much he'd been working because of his office duties and traveling to so many house shows as a performer. However, the writing has been on the wall for the last few months. HHH was never a Laurinaitis supporter and it was a matter of time before both Jane Geddes and Canyon Ceman learned the business and with each thing they learned, they took away responsibilities that had formerly been those of Laurinaitis.
However, there is good news for all you Laurinaitis fans out there: It looks like the executive will be back on television at some point in the future, as Meltzer goes on to note, "The belief is that he is going to wind up back as television talent."