Monday, November 28, 2011

No Mo' JoMo?

Morrison at Wrestlemania 24 (MITB)
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

It appears that John Morrison is wrapping up his time with WWE this week.  I must say that I'm not surprised by this information, but I am very disappointed.  I enjoyed Morrison's career in the WWE, specifically his time teaming with the Miz and then in his singles career.

Morrison was one of my picks to shine in 2011.  But I think sometimes backstage politics plays more into a wrestler's fate than his or her ability in the ring or on the microphone.  It seemed like things were going well for the former ECW, Intercontinental, and tag team champion prior to Wrestlemania 27.  Some have speculated that it was his comments about Melina not being booked on the show and Trish Stratus and Snooki being in a match lead to his descent.  Obviously I'm not an insider and don't know for sure, but I would have to assume that certainly didn't help his standings within the company.

Morrison may be one of, if not the most athletic wrestler on the WWE roster right now.  I'm still impressed with some of the moves he has come up with in terms of using his Parkour training.  Sometimes Michael Cole seemed a little too obsessed with it, but it was quite the display.  I'm especially remembering how he stayed in the 2011 Royal Rumble by hanging on to the ring barrier and leaping back into the ring.

Morrison's only flaw in my book was that he was not a superstar on the mic.  But I'm still old school and don't believe that everyone has to cut a great promo to get over.  I would have turned him heel and paired him up with a manager to do the talking for him.  In fact, earlier in the year I wrote a piece that paired Morrison and Melina up with Ric Flair as their manager.

But hey, with the Shaman of Sexy's pending departure and Melina's already out of the WWE, this could happen if the two end up in Impact Wrestling.  I know JoMo has said he will announce plans in the near future, I would not be surprised to see him in TNA.  This would be one acquisition by Dixie Carter and the gang that I would support.

Leaving an autograph signing during WM 24 weekend
Morrison is still relatively young too, so I wouldn't rule out a return to the WWE at some point in the future, even if he was "killed off" in Episode 41 of the Z! True Long Island Story.  I thought and still think he is one of the best things going in terms of guys on the rise.  And although it's unlikely he is actually reading this, best wishes to JoMo in whatever he decides to do.  Glad to say I got to see him wrestle at several Wrestlemanias over the last few years.

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