While most of you probably best know John Laurinaitis as the goofy looking, mumbly Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of Raw, he used to be a goofy looking, mumbly badass motherf*cker who beat up and got beat up by some of the best and biggest names in the history of the sport. He also had an absolutely beautiful mullet — like waves of flaxen gold it was.
So, in honor of Big Johnny’s 51st birthday, let’s take a look back at some matches and clips from his glory days when he was only business in the front…
Did you know John Laurinaitis has a Wrestling Observer Match of the Year award to his name? Damn straight he does — in ’96 Johnny Ace teamed up with “Dr. Death” Steve Williams to take on Jun Akiyama and the legendary Mitsuhara Misawa, and the results were stellar. Like a lot of Japanese matches, it starts out a bit slow, but by the end it’s an absolutely gripping onslaught of guys being thrown onto their heads.
For my money this mid-90s Johnny Ace/Dr. Death tag match is even better than the one above. Why? Because they swapped out Jun Akiyama for f*cking Kenta Kobashi. Hold on to your asses folks.
Hit page 2 to watch Johnny rip off his tiny pink shorts!