John Hodge Laurinaitis (born July 31, 1962), better known by his ring name Johnny Ace. He is also a retired professional wrestler from the United States. In addition, he is presently the head of talent relations at WWE.
Childhood, Early Life, and Education
WWE Champion, John Laurinaitis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 31, 1962.
There isn’t any information available about John’s parents. All the information was hidden from the public by the three Laurinaitis brothers.
There are no facts about his educational history accessible from any sources. The Laurinaitis family keeps every fact previously his wrestling career private.
Johnny Ace started wrestling in 1986 under the ring name Johnny Ace. Initially, he competed for the CWF (Championship Wrestling from Florida), usually collaborating with his brother Marcus as The Terminator.
Later, John wrestled for the National Wrestling Alliance’s (NWF) Jim Crockett Promotions, a family-owned professional wrestling organization.
There, he teamed up with Shane Douglas, and they were dubbed “The Dynamic Dudes.” Jim Cornette, a former wrestler, handled both wrestlers.
Prior to joining The Dynamic Dudes, John served as the flagbearer for the team “The Sheepherders,” a professional wrestling tag team formerly known as the New Zealand Kiwis.
Furthermore, on May 19, 1990, John was defeated by The Undertaker at Capital Combat in his final WCW match.
All Japan Pro Wrestling
When the All Japan Pro Wrestling decided to break connections with the NWA in 1990, John elected to stay, becoming a permanent foreign fixture of the AJPW.
Furthermore, John achieved great title success, becoming All Asia Tag Team Champion twice, 4x World Tag Team Champion, and the winner of the New Year’s Heavyweight Battle Royal.
Dave Meltzer gave him Five Stars in two of his fights.
In addition, John received the Wrestling Observer’s Match of the Year award and was ranked #77 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s (PWI) top 500 wrestlers for 1997.
World Championship Wrestling
After the split between All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Noah in 2000, John resigned from the ring and went to World Championship Wrestling, where he succeeded Vince Russo as a chief booker.
He was in charge of organizing the highly regarded one-night single-elimination tournament for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.
Match with John Cena
On the April 30th, 2012 broadcast, John battled John Cena with the help of Tensai. On the May 14th show, he publically humiliated and dismissed Big Show from the WWE due to Show’s continual disdain for making fun of his voice.
The same night, the Board of Directors informed John that if he lost the no-disqualification battle against Cena at Over the Limit, he would be fired.
Likewise, he overcame Cena in the ring and rehired Big Show after he assisted him in defeating John Cena.
McMahon fired John and Cena while performing the Attitude Adjustment on John through a broadcast table.
During the match, both Show and Otunga stepped out on John, allowing Cena to hit him before submitting him.
Occasional appearances in WWE
On October 10th, 2014, for SmackDown’s 15th Anniversary Special, John organized a team to battle Teddy Long’s team in an attempt to become the most recognized GM in SmackDown history, however, Teddy Long’s side won the match.
Shane McMahon kicked John off the stage during the June 20th, 2016 broadcast of Raw. On January 22, 2018, he was one of the guests that came on stage during WWE Raw’s 25th Anniversary edition.
Furthermore, on May 10th, 2020, he appeared in a cameo appearance during the Men and Women’s Money in the Bank event, which was shot inside the WWE offices.
Net worth and Salary
Since 1986, Laurinaitis has been active in the wrestling industry. Following his retirement, he worked as a producer for WWE for several years. So it is apparent that he has amassed a sizable income for himself over the years.
In addition, there is no reliable information regarding his earnings and compensation to the public.
Wife, and Kids
On March 24, 2016, Laurinaitis married Kathy Colace. She is the mother of the well-known Bella Twins, Brie and Nikki Bella. She also has a son named JJ Garcia. According to reports, the pair got engaged on September 3rd, 2015.
In addition, John has two children from a previous relationship, Maya and Zack Laurinaitis.
Championships and accomplishments
All Japan Pro Wrestling
- 2x All Asia Tag Team Championship with Kenta Kobashi
- 4x World Tag Team Championship
- Korakuen Hall Heavyweight Battle Royal- 1991
- World’s Strongest Tag Determination League New Wave Award- 1988
Championship Wrestling from Florida
- 6x FCW Tag Team Championship with the Terminator
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International Championship Wrestling Association
- 2x ICWA Florida Heavyweight Championship
Regarding his horoscope, it’s Leo. Moving on, John is 6’4′′ (1.93 m) tall and weighs 250 pounds (110 kgs).
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