“Laurinaitis, I give the dude a whole lot of credit for making me a much better performer,” six-time world champion Booker T said on his “The Hall of Fame” podcast. “He was very, very instrumental in my career and making me challenge myself to think a whole lot more and to be better. So, yeah man, sad day for me. I’m sad to see Laurinaitis step down. I really am.”
Booker T has worked under the leadership of Laurinaitis several times, even before WWE. The former Johnny Ace helped Booker with formulating match finishes in WCW, and was his colleague again in WWE after Booker made his way to the company following the purchase of WCW by Vince McMahon. In WWE, Booker would find great success, winning a sixth World Championship, the King of the Ring tournament, and the United States Championship on three occasions.
Laurinaitis was with WWE for over 20 years, holding different roles during that time such as road agent, Senior Vice President of Talent Operations, and even on-screen General Manager for “Raw” and “SmackDown.” Prior to his tenure in WWE, Laurinaitis worked backstage for WCW for a couple of years after finishing his in-ring career with All Japan Pro Wrestling in 2000.