Meet WWE.com's inaugural Hall of Shame Class

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June 26, 2012

John Laurinaitis

John Laurinaitis

Why he's in the Hall of Shame: There arguably hasn't been an authority figure more reviled and scorned by the WWE Universe than the former Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown (aren't you glad you don't have to hear that long spiel anymore?).

As "People Power" grew and grew, so did Laurinaitis' towering ego. The former GM routinely made matches that were intended to punish any WWE Superstar who dared to threaten his reign over Raw and SmackDown – or mock his unmistakable voice. Under his rule, popular WWE mainstays like The Bella Twins, John Morrison and Jim Ross were all wished the best in their future endeavors. Plus, who could forget Big Johnny’s lowdown ruse of firing Big Show in humiliating fashion, only to bring him back to help pull off a monumental upset at WWE Over the Limit?

When Laurinaitis finally ran out of tricks to extend his stay, the WWE Universe made it resoundingly clear how elated they were to hear the words "You're fired!" out of Mr. McMahon's mouth at No Way Out. The only thing that drew more cheers was the painful farewell beating that followed on Raw SuperShow, courtesy of John Cena (WATCH).

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