JOHN LAURINAITIS TRAVEL INTERVIEWS
Name
John Laurinaitis
Real Name
John Laurinaitis
Date of Birth
July 31, 1962
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1986
Eric Young
"It may be the lack of sleep, but so far, at the Chicago airport, I've thought I saw Eric Young, Mr Anderson, Sabu, Rick Rude and Big Bossman." - Tommy Dreamer jokes about travel and sleep
February 9, 2014
AJ Lee

"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."

- Big E Langston

January 23, 2014
Natalya Neidhart

"My travel day from hell was on an International Tour when we got stuck over in Europe. We were heading to Switzerland but we couldn't get out because there was a volcano. There was ash in the air and they wouldn't let planes fly out of most of Europe. We got stuck there for a week. We couldn't do anything until the ash cleared. Every airport, practically, in Europe was shut down. So we had to stay there and just hang out for a week. And we nearly missed Monday Night Raw, which is unheard of. They were saying that the ash wouldn't clear and it could take up to a month to clear. When we finally, finally, finally made it home, I literally kissed the ground of the JFK airport."

December 23, 2013
John Laurinaitis
"If you're not on the radar, he doesn't care about you. I got belittled by him quite a bit. When I came back as T. Reks, that was Vince. Next thing you know, I was Johnny's best friend. And when all that ended, he wouldn't give me the time of day. He is not a nice person. He is all strictly business." - Tyler Reks discusses John Laurinaitis and Vince McMahon backstage
February 26, 2014
John Laurinaitis

"Right. I think he, and I'm not inside his head, but for whatever reason I hear from a lot of guys that he has a little chip on his shoulder about certain guys. I think, it's one of those things where he always wanted guys to be on their defenses around him and I never really was because I was really comfortable there, especially when I got WWE agents that were putting me over to him, members of creative and stuff like that. So I was always comfortable because I knew I had all these people that were putting me over to him, so I think he kind of didn't like that. I don't know him personally. I haven't talked to him more than this interview backstage kind of thing, but I always got the feeling that he was upset about how un-nervous or how comfortable I was there and not like a yes sir, no sir kind of thing. It's his prerogative or whatever. He was in charge. So, for whatever reason it was, he just never, he always kind of had a chip on his shoulder towards me."

December 21, 2013
Tito Santana
During a recent and rare interview, Tito Santana bashed WWE for not pushing his El Matador gimmick. He stated that he was not initially crazy about the idea, but he was still dedicated enough to travel down to Mexico to learn to be an actual bullfighter. Santana felt that the gimmick was very much over with the audience, so he feels that WWE missed an opportunity by not pushing him into the main event scene.
October 6, 2014
Jeff Hardy
Since he has a criminal conviction on his record, there were some speculations as to whether or not Jeff Hardy would be allowed to travel into Japan to work at Bound For Glory 2014. Sources are now stating that the former world heavyweight champion has been cleared to enter the country if he wishes. It is now up to TNA to decide if they want to have him on the show. As of right now, Hardy is not being advertised for the pay per view.
September 14, 2014
MVP
In order to show support, MVP took his own time and money to travel to Ferguson to be part of the protest. While the TNA star was pleased by the show of solidarity in the community, he did note that there were a few people there who were making the situations worse. MVP was more than likely referring to the looters who were taking advantage of the situation.
August 18, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Last night, Jeff Jarrett was scheduled to work a match at TripleMania, which is the biggest pay per view by AAA. Unfortunately, though, he was not able to make it. Jarrett had some travel issues due to some bad weather in Texas. There is said to be no backstage heat towards the former world heavyweight champion because he did make the effort to try to get to Mexico for the show.
August 18, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a sign of how tight money is becoming in WWE, Vince McMahon has decided to take away the tour bus that the production crew used to travel in. This has reportedly upset several of the workers, as they were able to sleep while being transported to the next city to set up the arena. Now, they're being forced to drive themselves, which means that they are receiving very little sleep.
July 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
In another sign that the company is concerned about the huge amount of money being lost, WWE is going to be scaling back on their traveling budget. Several of the top performers in the company are allowed to fly first class when they travel to and from the live events. Vince McMahon is now going to have them flying coach like the mid card and lower card performers.
July 12, 2014
Rock
It is no secret that WWE would love for the Rock to be the centerpiece attraction at Wrestlemania 31. However, the possibility of that happening is becoming more and more unclear by the day. The studios have decided to move the release date of Fast and Furious 7, which features Rock in a big role, up a bit. It will now be shown in the theaters a few days after Wrestlemania. That means that the Rock will be needed to travel the world to do promotion for the film. His availability to WWE is in question.
July 10, 2014
Kevin Von Erich
During a recent interview to promote his upcoming appearance at Slammiversary 2014, Kevin Von Erich revealed to the Dallas News that he normally avoids traveling because of a bad back suffered from years of being an in ring performer. The Texas legend stated that he was willing to travel from his home in Hawaii to the TNA pay per view because he wants to see his son performing on a national stage.
June 1, 2014
Al Snow
MVP is taking the weekend off from TNA live events, so that he can travel to England to work a big show over there for PCW. Promoters there have also booked Al Snow, Shane Helms, Low Ki and Chris Masters as well. One of the things that MVP asked for in contract negotiations with TNA is to have some freedom and flexibility to work overseas still.
May 30, 2014
John Cena
The scheduling department in WWE is doing the already overworked John Cena no favors this July. The company has a big Madison Square Garden show booked, and Cena is scheduled to be the main event performer that night. However, Cena is also needed to draw in the fans at shows in Japan earlier in the week. He will be forced to travel across the world in a short period of time.
April 30, 2014
Rey Mysterio
While his days as a top level performer are certainly behind him now, WWE is hoping to sign Rey Mysterio to a contract extension that will see him in a new role. He would work extremely limited dates as an in ring performer and travel extensively to other countries to act as a brand ambassador. The current contract expires at the end of April.
April 3, 2014
Jinder Mahal
While fans are under the impression that professional wrestlers are all getting rich, that simply is not the case, especially for a lower level performer like Jinder Mahal. The 3MB member is currently being paid $75,000 a year by WWE in downside guarantees. That salary seems like a lot, but Mahal has to pay for his own travel expenses every week.
March 26, 2014
Kofi Kingston
While he is not a main event performer in WWE, Kofi Kingston draws in a pretty good salary. His downside guarantee is $254,200 a year. Even though he does have to pay for his own travel expenses, Kingston does get thrown into a couple of pay per view events per year, which gives his annual salary a nice boost from the PPV bonuses.
March 24, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
Since wrestlers travel a ridiculous amount of miles every single year, coincidental meetings at airports take place rather frequently. The latest one has Chavo Guerrero and Sean Waltman bumping into one another at the airport in Dallas. Guerrero snapped this picture of the two of them together and uploaded it for his fans on Twitter.
March 1, 2014
Brock Lesnar
While it is viewed by many backstage as one of the biggest draws that WWE could put on Wrestlemania 30, the feeling is that the match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker will not happen. Reports are stating that management is concerned that Lesnar is not willing to travel down to Texas to work out with Undertaker for a few weeks.
February 13, 2014
Sting
While a contract has not yet been signed, Sting is said to be very willing and eager to work a big match against Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. Since he has a residence in Texas, he is said to be willing to travel down to the gym that Undertaker owns and work on their potential match together. That's something that has been done over the last few years.
February 13, 2014
Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie McMahon revealed on Twitter that she has a new jet plane. The belief is that WWE purchased the new vehicle for her because she will be attending events more frequently in the role of brand ambassador. Triple H and Vince McMahon will more than likely travel together to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown each week.

February 3, 2014
Vince McMahon

Since WWE stars had to travel through pretty rough weather this past winter, Vince McMahon is leaning towards doing more house shows on the west coast during the months of October through January, as the conditions on that side of the country are not nearly as harsh.

February 1, 2014
Natalya Neidhart

Travel isn't an easy thing. Since America Airlines lost their luggage, Natalya Neidhart and Tyson Kidd have no clothes to wear, so the WWE couple has no choice but to wear their ring gear in the hotel room. Natalya posted the hilarious picture on Twitter.

January 29, 2014
Xavier Woods

One of the perks and hassles of being a WWE performer is that you get to visit a lot of cities across the world. Xavier Woods is taking advantage of that opportunity now that he is on the main roster. He is currently on a mission to visit a local video game store in every city that he travels to.

January 24, 2014
Theodore Long
In the past, Vickie Guerrero was receptive towards a potential return to WWE some day, but her tone has definitely changed since starting a new career. Guerrero was recently contacted by the company to make an appearance on the special episode of Smackdown that aired this week. She rejected WWE and stated that it was time for her to move on with her life. John Laurinaitis and Theodore Long worked the segment instead.
October 11, 2014
John Laurinaitis
Earlier in the year, it was revealed that John Laurinaitis was still working for WWE. Some further details have been released about his role after a Monday Night Raw script was leaked online. He is one of the backstage producers who help script the segments and the matches for the wrestlers. Laurinaitis does around two to three segments during the three hour episode.
May 1, 2014
John Laurinaitis

While many fans have forgotten about him nowadays, John Laurinaitis still remains backstage for WWE, where he is working as an agent. He has accepted his demotion within the company and is not expected back on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown anytime soon.

January 20, 2014
John Laurinaitis

Since he made a cameo appearance during a backstage segment at the Survivor Series, speculations have arisen about John Laurinaitis making his return to WWE television, but the former on screen general manager is not scheduled to do so anytime soon.

November 25, 2013
Ric Flair

Ric Flair recently addressed a high school football team, where one of the players was the son of John Laurinaitis.

November 4, 2013
John Laurinaitis

WWE.com has announced that John Laurinaitis has resigned from his real life position as Senior Vice President of Talent Operations. He will remain with the company as a road agent, however.

July 30, 2012
Dean Ambrose
"A lot of people talk about the attitude era being so great but a lot of it was terrible crap, sex jokes and over-the-top terrible bad comedy. It was Jerry Springer-like. They made a joke about a woman's breasts. Hilarious, but where's the wrestling? I look back on a lot of stuff now, and I'm like where's the wrestling? It's just a lot of crappy jokes." - Dean Ambrose discusses his disdain for a popular WWE era
October 10, 2014
Kurt Angle
"Well right now I'm not at liberty to say where I'm going but I will tell you I'm going to do the right thing for me and my family. I am in the process of structuring a deal and I do have a company in mind. I haven't said yes because I want to make it a public thing with the company and myself. I can't really say who it is or where I'm going but I can tell you it's going to happen in the next two weeks before my contract is even up. I won't be wrestling until January but there will be a signing in the next couple of weeks." - Kurt Angle hinting on whether he will stay with TNA or return to WWE
September 10, 2014
Veronica Lane
"Today, I have made the decision to close a chapter of my life and begin the next. My time with WWE was an experience I will never forget, and I will always cherish those memories. However, I am ready to move forward towards my goals and life aspirations. I am beyond thankful for the continual love and support from coworkers, friends, and fans. Thank you for everything." - Veronica Lane saying goodbye to WWE fans
September 3, 2014
Hulk Hogan
"I've been really quiet since the passing of my husband and the father of my girls. Someone sent me what Mr Bollea had to say in video interview with Grantland yesterday and I would just like to ask him to stop. He is the only person in the WWE Universe who did not give a call or send a card. My girls asked why he didn't check on us like everyone else and I explained simply there isn't a camera at our mailbox or in the house when we receive our calls. I would ask respectfully Mr Bollea, for you to understand my girls hurt and just let some time pass before you say anything more." - wife of the Ultimate Warrior to Hulk Hogan
August 15, 2014
Rock
"My mom and my cousin, Savelina Fanene, were struck head on by a drunk driver this week. They lived. First reaction is to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them, but then you realize the most important thing is my family lived through this, and we can hug each other that much tighter these days. Hug your own family tighter today and be grateful you can tell them you love them." - Rock talks about how a DUI almost killed his family
August 10, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
"Should be no surprise what happened to Alberto Del Rio. There has always been rampant racism in the industry, from subtle to obvious." - Konnan accusing WWE of being racist towards certain performers
August 9, 2014
Dixie Carter
"Every two years I go through this. This is just the first public negotiation I've ever had. I think social media has really changed this kind of thing. I'm used to every two years negotiating with Spike and negotiating with other networks. This time is absolutely not any different. We're still talking with them, but there are other people, thank God, that are interested in our product. I want to grow this brand; I want to grow it domestically. I want us to be able to start having the kind of success domestically that we're having internationally. I'm not going to stop and none of us are going to stop until we get there. I'm real excited to see and I think we'll know sooner than later what's going to happen." - Dixie Carter addresses the situation on what TNA is doing with Impact Wrestling
August 7, 2014
Chris Jericho
"No, I've been there and done it against Chris Jericho and I proved a point, so there's no sense in jeopardizing that. Everyone who saw me work that match said I did good for my age. They have a good memory of that and I'd like to leave it at that. I do know some of the older guys who have come back and tried to work in the ring and it's just heartbreaking to see. I don't want to risk all that because the fans still have a pretty good image of me and my last time in the ring." - Ricky Steamboat talking about a potential return to WWE
August 5, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
"Catching Monday Night Raw on my DVR. Just saw all I needed to see. Dolph Ziggler with a huge win. I bought the WWE Network just to keep up with Ziggler." - Kevin Nash praising Dolph Ziggler
August 5, 2014
Matt Morgan
"If it's true that Spike TV doesn't renew their deal with TNA, it's a double edged sword, in my opinion. They were and are atrociously bad at advertising the show whatsoever. I never used to see us advertised except maybe an hour before Impact Wrestling started. Not acceptable. The most annoying part when I was still wrestling there was I'd see Bellator constantly advertised, and we were doing better numbers at the time. Hell, even Manswers got better public relations by the network than we did. The bad side of the sword is that it obviously takes a ton of TNA's revenue away that they counted on to pay the wrestlers. For the company's future, I think the further they get the hell away from Spike, the better the company will be. That's just my opinion obviously." - Matt Morgan on the rumors that Spike TV is canceling their television deal with TNA
July 28, 2014
Arn Anderson
"Dolph Ziggler has got to be one of the toughest men to put on a pair of boots, but he's going to be like Mick Foley in another five years because that kid beats his body up more than anybody on the crew. I do know this, in my dealings with him, when I'm his producer, he gives everything he's got. He does some really phenomenal and athletic stuff." - Arn Anderson thinks WWE should push Ziggler
July 20, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
Kaitlyn
"I don't think I will ever wrestle again, but if I do, it would be for WWE. I just feel like that's my place. It's where I developed my wrestling abilities and character and that's where I would stay if I was to wrestle again. The good thing about when I left is that I left on very good terms with the WWE. It left the door open for me if I ever wanted to come back. It's not completely out of the question to ever return, whether it's for a short-term or longer. Maybe there will be a point down the line that I miss wrestling bad enough that I'll want to come back. As for now though, I'm just focusing on my company and my marriage and haven't gotten that itch to wrestle." - Kaitlyn discusses her future in professional wrestling
July 17, 2014
Colt Cabana
"Comedy wrestling is not easy. Santino Marella is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch. sad he's leaving the ring, but happy he made me smile." - Colt Cabana on Santino Marella being forced to retire from WWE due to another neck injury
July 7, 2014
Steve Austin
"I disagree with scripting. I think the nature of a promo has to come from your heart and your guts and you have to mean everything that you're saying. Now is the perfect time to go back to that formula. You learn to sink or swim. And guys and gals will start to learn to swim again. That's what's going to make the product feel more organic, more spontaneous and more real." - Steve Austin talks about WWE being too scripted
July 7, 2014
James Storm
"Heard Petey Williams retired last night. Such a great talent. Always enjoyed his work and working with him." - James Storm speaks on the surprising retirement of former TNA star Petey Williams
July 6, 2014
Hulk Hogan
"Yes, I like Hulk Hogan - and here's why. With each passing year, I think I gain a better perspective on what's really important in life. There was a time - a period of many years - where Hulk's name would bring up some negative feelings for me. He was the guy who made far more than I did with a style that was the antithesis of mine. But for the past several years, whenever I see Hulk Hogan, all I can think of are the words Shane Douglas shared with me about Hulk Hogan and the kindness and warmth with which he showered the kids facing life-threatening challenges, who seemed to find strength and inspiration in Hulk's larger than life physique and personality. I'll never forget those words Shane told me, 'Those kids would just be beaming.' Those words are all I think of when I see Hogan, People can take issue with his wrestling style...as they often do with mine. But, when it's all said and done, Hulk Hogan used that oversized personality, and really big heart to ease so much suffering that he saw around him.. In the bigger picture, does anything else really matter?" - Mick Foley shares his feelings on Hulk Hogan
June 27, 2014
Steve Austin
"Obviously this is going to be a big financial changer because you're not going to get all those buy rates. I've had a brief experience with the WWE Network. I signed up for it. I'm not a real gadget guy. I've had an iPad for damn near two years, but I hardly ever use it. I put the WWE Network on there, and I typed in certain matches, they didn't have certain things from NWA or WCW. So I've been going more to YouTube. I think they need a little bit more original content. I need to get on there more to familiarize myself with it. One of the things I've enjoyed is the old Garden stuff and from World Class (Championship Wrestling). I think it was smart to come out with the network. I think it's going to catch on more in the next two or three years, and that's when it will pay off." - Steve Austin shares his views on the WWE Network
June 27, 2014
Brodus Clay
"He is a pro. He comes to work everyday. He is straight forward and tells you exactly what it is. One of my things was I didn't get to work a match with him. I would have dropped the weight I did and keep the muscle I have. He is a great leader in terms of he talks it; he walks it. He is the face of the WWE and likely so. John Cena gave us all an opportunity to train and have the same training regiment. The training of the NBA and NFL with Olympic lifts for maintenance, for power, better cardiovascular. He was on the forefront. He gave guys an opportunity." - Brodus Clay defending John Cena
June 19, 2014
Cody Rhodes
"It actually came from a joke. Cody Rhodes likes to tell a story that when he was a little kid he used to watch me wrestle. I'm slightly older than Cody, we're talking three years or something like that, but in his head I'm a really old man. I once walked into the locker room and he was telling the entire locker room that when he was a kid he was watching me wrestling as this character he made up named 'Bad News Barrett' who goes around giving out bad news to people. So we all laughed about it and forgot about it. Then I was invited on the JBL and Cole show and they said they wanted to use me on the show and asked if I had any ideas of what to do. So I said you know what, let's just do Bad News Barrett. I'll just turn up and give people bad news and then disappear. I got a really good response online and fans were loving the catch phrase 'I'm afraid I've got some bad news' and Vince McMahon saw it and thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. Next thing you know I'm on TV doing it." - Wade Barrett explaining how his new gimmick in WWE came ot be
June 16, 2014