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‘Big Johnny’ began his behind the scenes career with WWE in 2001 as a road agent, before taking over the role of Vice President of Talent Relations from Jim Ross in 2004. In 2007 he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President in 2007 and then Executive Vice President in 2009.

During the summer of 2011, ‘Mr Excitement’ was introduced to the television audience, playing a peripheral role in the CM Punk – John Cena storyline.

Later that year he was appointed the interim General Manager of Raw by Vince McMahon.

At No Way Out, Laurinaitis was fired as General Manager of Raw and Smackdown, and as part of the storyline as EVP of Talent Relations as well, after Big Show lost a cage match to John Cena.

However, in June 2012, his profile was removed the WWE Corporate website and now has Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque down overseeing talent relations, amongst over duties. This now means that Laurinaitis is only employed by the company as an on-screen personality.