As reported on this week’s WWE Backstage, the WWE has chosen to re-sign John Morrison to a multi-year contract. To say this was out of left-field would be an understatement as many wrestling fans, this writer included, really didn’t see this coming.
John Morrison’s first run with the company lasted eleven years, from 2002 to 2011, and when he left he went on to have a great amount of success with AAA, Impact Wrestling, and Lucha Underground so to see him re-sign with the WWE has left me a little gobsmacked, if I’m to be honest. But it’s also raised a couple of interesting questions, such as, just what can we expect from the former Johnny nitro this time around?
Best Case Scenario
With the amount of hot talent that WWE has within its ranks, the best-case scenario for Jon Morrison is that creative give him a massive push against their top stars. The fact is that Morrison is a fantastic wrestler and can pull off moves that leave you with your jaw on the floor.
As he isn’t the only one in the company that can do that, at least not anymore, it would make sense to have him work programs with the likes of AJ Styles, Ricochet, et all. There is no doubt that with these kinds of performers to spur him on he would be able to put on ‘match of the year’ contenders night after night, show after show.
This would all be building a head of steam for him to then go and challenge for one of the big belts, something he never managed to do in his previous run, and if the crowd got behind him enough, which considering his talent, looks, and marketability seems like a no-brainer, then he could be the one to end The Fiend’s reign.
Just not yet.
He could also, feasibly, head down to NXT. That show is starting to become quite an important part of the WWE schedule, seeing as how it goes head to head with AEW every week and as it’s considered the smart-marks choice then the added star power of this Indy darling would surely bring more eyes to the product as the WWE continues on its quest to bury the rival promotion.
What’s Probably Going To Happen
Well, he’s going to feud with The Miz and then just be really expensive enhancement talent, isn’t he?
Michael Gregory Mizanin is doing bupkiss at the moment and the story pretty much writes itself. Morrison makes a triumphant return to Smackdown, only to be met by is former tag-team partner and friend who seems eager to greet him.
The two exchange words in the ring and then The Miz attacks, leaving Morrison in a heap. His reasoning behind this unwarranted assault is simple. He stuck around, he didn’t run, he worked his ass off to get where he is in the company today, Morrison has no right to think he can just waltz back on in here, yadda, yadda, yadda.
In fact, I am so confident that the scenario I just laid out is what’s going to happen, that if it doesn’t I will post a video of myself on YouTube admitting that I know absolutely nothing about wrestling and that I am an utter moron/mark if it doesn’t come to pass.
After that, it will just be a case of Morrison getting into feuds with up and coming wrestlers and being the one staring at the lights, each and every time.
You can bank on it.
When all is said and done, the WWE taking the time to re-sign John Morrison is a brilliant move for the company, but not for the man himself. It makes sense from their point of view as it keeps him out of the clutches of AEW but as he’s only going to get one half-decent feud, in my opinion anyway, with The Miz before being jobbed out to everyone and their auntie, then it’s a waste of immense talent.
He may be 40 now but he can still go with the best of them and I think he would’ve been better off working with the likes of Cody Rhodes or Kenny Omega than making up the numbers in the WWE.
But money talks and bullshit walks and at least he’ll have a nice bank account to fall back on at the end of the day. I suppose I can’t begrudge him that.