Following a nearly seven year tenure with the company, Matt Morgan's time with TNA came to an end this past Tuesday. It was reported that Morgan had been granted his release from the organization, which he requested about a month ago.
Impact Wrestling later confirmed Morgan's release via their Twitter page.
“Impact Wrestling has released Matt Morgan. We thank him for all his contributions and wish him the best of success in the future.”
Morgan was featured in the main event scene occasionally and was once seen as a future world champion. However, after suffering a number of setbacks and being relegated to the tag team division in recent years, Morgan was unfortunately never given a run with the prestigious prize.
In April, Morgan faced Sting in a match to determine the No. 1 contender to Bully Ray's TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary. Following his loss to The Icon, Morgan disappeared from television before returning for a one-off match on the June 13 edition of Impact Wrestling, losing a Bound for Glory Series qualifying match.
Morgan's biggest push in TNA came in late 2009, when he gradually underwent a babyface turn and feuded with The Main Event Mafia. Despite coming up short to Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory that year, he gained the respect of the Olympic gold medalist.
Although he was riding a wave of momentum at that time, he was relegated to a tag team with Hernandez shortly thereafter and was underutilized from that point forward. After his contract with the company expired in June 2012, Morgan essentially became a free agent and hinted heavily at a return to WWE in the months that followed.
Despite this, Morgan returned to TNA at its Bound for Glory event last October and joined forces with Joey Ryan for a short time. The two unsuccessfully challenged for the World Tag Team Championships before they parted ways this past March.
Now that Morgan is no longer under contract to TNA, I strongly suggest he return to WWE sooner rather than later.
Prior to his TNA stint, The Blueprint wrestled in WWE on its SmackDown brand from 2003 to 2005. He was also featured in the second season of Tough Enough before pulling out of the competition due to injury.
At the time, Morgan's in-ring skills were mediocre at best and his mic skills left a lot to be desired. The fact that he was saddled with a stuttering gimmick probably didn't help matters, either.
However, Morgan has shown an immense amount of improvement since leaving WWE and deserves a second run with the company. While he may be 36 years old, he can be a valuable asset to the roster and has the look that most WWE officials want in their Superstars.
Upon his arrival on the blue brand in late 2003, Morgan aligned with Paul Heyman and his fellow clients. If he was to return to WWE, why not have him join the elite group of "Paul Heyman guys"?
The possibilities are endless for Morgan in WWE, so I truly hope the organization signs him to a contract in the near future. He's got a lot of potential and it would be a shame to see his tremendous talents go to waste.
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