Earlier this week, our illustrious leader and HRH, the Queen decided to share some thoughts about the return to the WWE of John Morrison. However, I noticed a problem with the article, it’s not about John Morrison (aka Johnny Nitro – Hennigan – Impact – Mundo), it’s about various other wrestlers who left WWE, returned, and the impact they had on their return…funny that.
Does John Morrison NEED to return to the WWE? No, not at all and I will tell you why. Morrisons’ WWE tenure (2004 to 2011) definitely had some ups and downs, but way more ups then downs. Multiple tag team runs with different partners – from Joey Mercury (w/MNM) to The Miz…during which, the Miz and Morrisons WWE.com show “The Dirt Sheet” set the precedent for a lot of online wrestling content we see today…yes “Being The Elite”, I’m looking at you. Morrison is also a multiple time Intercontinental Champion (3x) and a one time ECW Champion in which he had a very underrated feud with CM Punk, which elevated both men on their career paths forward.
In 2011, citing injuries, lack of recovery time, and career stagnation, Morrison (or Hennigan, his proper last name) departed WWE…took a little time away, and then something happened. After all his success in WWE, he got BETTER. He hit the indie circuit, appeared at Dragon Gate and faced former WWE colleague Shelton Benjamin along with Akira Tozawa (currently in WWE). Morrison would also face and defeat the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Between 2013 and 2015 he would face amazing talents like 2 Cold Scorpio and A. J. Styles. Going into 2016, Morrison would make his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG) in their prestigious ‘Battle Of Los Angeles’ tournament – which is THE most prestigious tournament for independent wrestlers in the U.S. – he would win his first round match against Matt Sydal, but lose in the second round to Ricochet.
From 2014 to 2019, wrestling under the name ‘Johnny Mundo’, he would be one of the faces of ‘Lucha Underground’, the overnight sensation from the nascent El Rey Network. He would team with and face off against Prince Puma (Ricochet), Pentagon Jr. (Dark), Matanza (Jeff Cobb), Killshot (Shane Strickland), Chavo Guerrero Jr. and a host of other past and present wrestling superstars. He is one of the few wrestlers in Lucha Undeground to hold every title in that production, from the LU Championship to the Trios Championship with his stable, the Worldwide Underground. He would also work at Impact Wrestling (as Johnny Impact), where he would capture the top title there and have one of the longest reigns in THAT company’s history. He also worked in AAA, becoming the AAA Mega Champion and winning two of their other titles in his time there. He also had a heck of a match this summer for Beyond Wrestling against current Evolve Champion, Josh Briggs.
If you knew nothing else about him, his run in Lucha Underground as a singles, tag, and trios competitor, to say nothing of his time in in Impact and AAA should inform you that not only does Morrison have plenty left in the tank, he has all the tools needed to be a main event guy, IF that’s what the WWE needs from him, but he doesn’t need them in the least. In short, put some respect on his name.