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Morrison "officially" released by WWE
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


John Morrison shows off during a WWE fan event in 2007. Morrison was the ECW Champion at the time.

Wrestling's worst-kept secret was revealed today, as John Morrison was "future endeavoured".

The announcement came with a bit of a different twist than the standard notification article on WWE.com. Instead, John Laurinaitis, the legitimate executive vice-president of talent relations, in a video said that Morrison's contract is up in a couple weeks and that there was no plan to re-up, in particular noting the recent win-loss record of the "Shaman of Sexy".

The last few months for Morrison, a former ECW, Intercontinental and Tag Team champ, have been rocky to say the least. Rumours of Morrison's future permeated throughout the 'net of his future following the departure of girlfriend Melina Perez and subsequent reported antics. Morrison himself never outwardly said he was leaving WWE, but Monday before Raw he posted a somewhat cryptic message on Twitter.

"I'll post more about the future next week. Right now I'm planning on tearing the house down at RAW tomorrow in Columbia SC! #JoMoSapiens," Morrison wrote.

Morrison, real name John Hennigan, came to WWE via the original Tough Enough series. In the show's third season (the final on MTV), Hennigan was named the co-winner with Matt Capotelli. He would soon after debut on Raw in an assistant role to Eric Bischoff. It was during this tenure that Hennigan would start experimenting with last names and build his character, eventually settling on Johnny Nitro.

The stint on Raw did not last long, and Nitro was sent down to OVW where he was paired with Joey Mercury and Melina, forming MNM. The three would later return to WWE as a trio, with Melina first managing Nitro and Mercury to a title reign before becoming a competitor.

Eventually, Nitro and Mercury split, and Nitro began a successful run with the Intercontinental Title, his first taste of singles gold. Nitro would have several highlight matches with the likes of Carlito Colon, Shelton Benjamin and Jeff Hardy during this run.

After a few months, Nitro and Mercury reunited for a series of bouts with the Hardy Boyz. The pairing didn't last, however, and Nitro would break out on his own once again.

Fate would rear its head soon, as Nitro was an emergency sub for Chris Benoit at WWE Night of Champions in 2007. Nitro won the then vacant ECW Championship in a bout against CM Punk and soon changed his name to John Morrison.

Morrison would eventually lose the title to Punk and be placed on suspension due to a Wellness Policy violation. Soon after his return, Morrison was teamed with The Miz to form a duo that quickly became one of the hottest teams in recent years for WWE. Thanks in part to their web show "The Dirt Sheet", Morrison and Miz became two of the most love-to-hate competitors on the WWE roster. Eventually, however, the two split and Morrison became a babyface in the process.

As a member of the Smackdown roster soon after the split, Morrison regained the Intercontinental title and soon began raising questions of when, not if, he would enter the World title picture. Though he flirted with the main event slot, he never got his chance to be the top dog on Raw or Smackdown.

Morrison would later team with R-Truth but the duo failed to capture tag team gold, and eventually Morrison became a foil for R-Truth's heel turn. Morrison spent some time on the injured list following the team's breakup and soon after began declining in the ranks of WWE.

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RELATED LINKS

  • John Morrison bio and story archive