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John Morrison anxious to face R-Truth
By BOB KAPUR -- SLAM! Wrestling


John Morrison invites you along on the ride. Photos by Mike Mastrandrea


Last Monday, John Morrison returned to WWE, coming off of the shelf due to a neck injury, to confront his former friend and tag team partner R-Truth. SLAM! Wrestling sat down with the "Shaman of Sexy" to talk about his recovery, and what exactly he has in store for Truth when the two of them finally meet in the ring.

Though no formal announcement has been made yet, itís safe to assume that the confrontation will take place at SummerSlam on August 14.

"Absolutely, Truth and I have some unfinished business," Morrison told SLAM! Wrestling, during an exclusive one-on-one at the Viewers Choice Canada offices in Toronto last week. "Iím really excited to beat him up."

In Morrisonís view, SummerSlam, which takes place in his hometown of Los Angeles, would be the perfect place for the match, as it would even further emphasize how much a favourite he is, and how despised Truth is among the WWE Universe.

"Truth has got a lot of steam," Morrison said about his nemesis. "Heís really done well as far as getting a lot of people to really despise him. Especially since he was so likable before. When he would come out and do the Whatís Up, everyone used to love to sing along. But now heís done such a complete 180 flip. Iím looking forward to getting him in the ring."

In addition to resolving that storyline, competing at SummerSlam would also represent a symbolic end to Morrisonís recovery from the pinched nerve in his neck that had sidelined him for the past few months. Symbolic, since itís hard to say whether or not he has actually physically fully healed.

"Iím coming back before Iím 100% healed," he disclosed. "With nerve injuries, itís really weird. My doctor said that from (the week leading up to his return), I could be 100% healed in the next three weeks or the next year. Itís kind of a mysterious injury ... mysterious and provocative. Which fits with me," he laughed, "because thatís kind of how I roll."

Notwithstanding, one thing that he did know is that he wanted to return. "I was like, ĎI canít wait a year,í so I made the decision to come back -- and be careful -- but come back to doing what I love."

And doing means doing it without any hesitation or compromising of his unique and exciting in-ring style. Thatís one thing that Morrison said he would not give up.

"I thought about that, but I came to the conclusion that I donít want to change the way that I do things, because thatís who I am. Thatís the style that I developed my whole career, and itís not something I want to change. I want to push myself to the limit and see if I can still hang with everything Iíve done in the past. So far Iíve been able to without making any drastic changes. Iím hoping over the next few months Iíll recover. I donít feel that Iíve lost a step, and I donít think that Iím going to."

If there was any doubt, it was eliminated when he walked through the curtain on Monday to a raucous reception.


"You never really lose the feelings of goosebumps and excitement that you get performing in front of the WWE Universe. When you come back, you remember how cool it is to be able to do what we do, to perform in front of an arena full of thousands of screaming fans. Thatís what really hit home to me, when I was out there in front of everybody, and I remembered how awesome it was."

His match at this past weekís Smackdown helped him sustain that feeling, and Morrison predicts that the momentum will continue as the weeks, and matches, go by.

"When I get to show Truth what I really think about him, I think that it will be the best match of the night," he predicted. "Whether itís on Raw, SummerSlam, Night of Champions, or WrestleMania, I really do believe that whole-heartedly. Itís going to be really good."

WWE SummerSlam will air on pay-per-view on Viewers Choice Canada on August 14.

Check back with SLAM! Wrestling for more with John Morrison, including: his thoughts on the newest winner of Tough Enough, his life outside the ring, and the influences on his career and his character.

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