We’ve written a lot about Triple H’s disdain for John Laurinaitis, however, I’m told he’s been changing his tune a bit lately.
One source close to Hunter says he still thinks Laurinaitis was never qualified for the job of Executive Vice President of Talent Relations but now that he has gotten more involved in the day-to-day operations of WWE, he’s come to appreciate some of the specific skills Laurinaitis has in regards to laying out a match. Triple H is looking to build his own team of guys for his eventual succession of Vince McMahon and is looking for guys that specialize in certain aspects of the business.
I’m told Hunter is hoping Big Johnny can fill a bit of the void left by Pat Patterson’s diminished (and sometimes non-existent) role over the last several years. Laurinaitis did take a bit of a pay cut with his new position compared to his job running talent relations, however, with his contract as talent for his TV character, he’s now back to basically making what he was making before he started as an on-screen character.
Speaking of Laurinaitis on television, expect him back before long. Triple H, in addition to Vince McMahon, actually loves his on-air character but felt he did a “terrible job” replacing Jim Ross in running talent relations.