A former WWE coach has revealed the unusual reason that former Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis threatened to fire him.
John Laurinaitis has long been a controversial figure in the wrestling business through his role as the Head of Talent Relations in WWE. He was let go from his role amid an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct that he and Vince McMahon were both implicated. Some went so far as to say that they “celebrated” Laurinaitis’ firing.
Speaking on Story Time with Dutch Mantell, long-time wrestling trainer Dr. Tom Prichard explained his own run-in with Laurinaitis where his job was threatened for not adhering to a more corporate dress code:
“You know I had an office on the fourth floor, right? (…) I didn’t belong on the fourth floor. I wore my sweatsuit, my sweatpants, my gym clothes, my workout stuff because I figured I was a coach. And then John Laurinaitis saw me one time, ‘I need you to dress more professionally.’ So that was on a Friday and I knew he was going be on the road on Monday so guess what I came in wearing on a Monday, my sweatpants.”
“He called the office to check and see what I was wearing. He really did. And Andrew Russo put the call in to me. I picked up, ‘hey Tommy, what are you wearing today?’ [imitating Laurinaites], he goes, ‘I can make it to where you could wear sweatpants every day if you want.’ I said, ‘no John, I understand.’ And I lived right around the corner from the office so I went home and changed.”