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Ask WNW: Johnny Ace, WWE Refs, DX, Cyber Sunday

Written by Richard Gray on Oct 25, 2007 - 11:21:49 AM

Is one half of the old Dynamic Dudes tag team the same Johnny Ace that is the big shot over at WWE? If so, what’s his history, and how did he get his job at WWE?

Yes John Laurinaitis (a/k/a Johnny Ace) was one half of the Dynamic Dudes tag team alongside Shane Douglas and managed by Jim Cornette. Laurinaitis retired from professional wrestling in 2000 after the split of All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH. He was later hired by World Championship Wrestling to replace Vince Russo as head booker. When Vince McMahon purchased WCW, Laurinaitis was retained by WWE and given the position as a road agent. He worked his way up to Vice President of Talent Relations for WWE in 2004 (replacing Jim Ross) and was promoted by the company in May of this year to Senior Vice President of Talent Relations. Laurinaitis is seen as a guy that has paid his dues in the wrestling business and worked his way from the bottom up. Both of his brothers were also professional wrestlers – Marcus who wrestled as The Terminator and of course Joseph who wrestled as Animal as one half of the Road Warriors tag team.

Love the web site! It's far better than any other wrestling web site I've become addicted too. I know the referees in WWE wear ear pieces, but what sort of information is fed to them through to them? Is it a time count of the match, or anything at all?

The ear piece is a way for people in the back to communicate to the officials in the ring. Any information that you can imagine is fed through these ear pieces, whether it is to speed things up or slow them down. Also the referees are notified when another superstar is entering ring side during the match. They would not wear the ear pieces if they did not serve a purpose. Thanks for the kind words regarding the site, they are always appreciated!

I have heard a lot of rumors about HBK and HHH joining together once again to form DX. From what I understand they will be in a match against Orton and Umaga sometime in the near future. As well as those rumors, I assumed the same thing when I saw all of the DX apparel and signs in the audience ever since HBK came back. I would assume that if the fans want it and it will produce money, that Vince will make it happen. Do you think there will be a permanent reunion for DX?

According to advance local advertisements Triple H and Shawn Michaels will team up to headline this year’s Survivor Series against Randy Orton and Umaga. However, it should be noted that could change several times before it actually happens. With that being said, there will never be a “permanent” return of DX as nothing in professional wrestling is ever permanent. Obviously DX has proven that it is still a draw so we will most likely see Triple H and Shawn Michaels working together again but that does not mean that they will be together forever. Triple H and Shawn Michaels are two of RAW’s biggest superstars and sometimes it is more beneficial for the company to put them in separate angles as they are doing right now.

Where will your votes be going for this weekend’s Cyber Sunday pay-per-view?

I would like to see Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy for the WWE Championship, Steve Austin as the referee in Batista vs. Undertaker for the World Championship, CM Punk vs. John Morrison for the ECW Championship, Matt Hardy vs. MVP in an MMA match, Rey Mysterio vs. Finlay in a stretcher match, and Triple H vs. Umaga in a street fight. Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen but that is what would make the most interesting show for me.

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