John Morrison: Has His Time Come? If It Has, Is He Ready?
John Morrison is arguably one of the most athletic and exciting wrestlers to grace the ring of WWE. Formally Johnny Nitro, the Shaman of Sexy has the looks and the moves to keep us on the edge of our seats, holding our breaths, waiting for something to happen.
When it does happen, we are amazed that this man is able to defy the laws of physics in executing certain moves.
He has won the WWE Intercontinental Championship (three times), the ECW World Championship, the World Tag Team Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship (three times with Joey Mercury and one with the Miz).
However, he has yet to climb to the very top of the WWE mountain.
There is no doubt that Morrison has the moves to make him immortal. His gymnastics, martial arts and parkour training enables him to overcome most obstacles in his way. This means that he can conquer stationary objects as well as mobile, scheming wrestlers.
This aspect of his arsenal was recently highlighted on Monday Night Raw between matches where he was televised warming up backstage. In these videos we saw that he has the potential to be one heck of a stuntman if need be.
His ability to crawl over metal boxes on his hands, swing through railings and clamber up cupboards and walls means that he should be able to dominate opponents fairly convincingly in the ring.
While this may seem like a trivial point, he has the looks of a star. He works hard to keep his body in shape, and boy is it in shape. He has muscles in places some people do not even have places (thanks to Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler for that line).
As the owner of perhaps a set of the finest abs in the history of human kind, he has great core strength which is a plus for any athlete.
His body is the physical manifestation of his determination to keep himself in top condition and the strength needed to do so. In his line of work this is very important.
There has been a recent resurgence of John Morrison on Monday Night Raw. It began during the time that the Nexus needed to be dealt with and he was part of Team WWE who had to bring them down at Summerslam.
Following this, he became one of the six wrestlers at the main event of Night of Champions to challenge for the WWE Championship (even beating Chris Jericho along the way).
Since then, the Nexus and John Cena have become the centre of attention and we are wondering where Morrison will go from here.
He has not had many matches so far, but he has saved Santino from the hands of Sheamus on three occasions now. It is not a good idea to make a man like Sheamus upset, let alone make him flaming (no pun intended) mad.
We can see the stirrings of a Morrison/Sheamus feud beginning. While it is not as prestigious as a feud with Sheamus as WWE Champion, it could be worse (he could be getting pinned by Santino).
While there is no ‘reason’ for him to go after Sheamus it is being played as if he is seeking to make some opportunities for himself by going after the Celtic Warrior. Many feel that Sheamus had risen to the top of WWE too quickly and therefore had his fall just as fast. Is he a good choice for Morrison?
If you have to choose to go after someone, he must be respected enough so you will be respected for even trying. Is Sheamus this guy? Sure he is. He is still the man who put Triple H out of commission for a few months (and he will never let us forget it).
He is the former WWE champ. He is the only person to rise to the top so quickly in WWE history (well, so far, look out for Wade Barrett). It is a good choice, seeing that the other top dogs are tied up at the moment in the Nexus.
The feud looks like an interesting one and I am eager to see how it plays out. One concern that has been nagging at me concerns Triple H, who has been mentioned earlier.
Since Sheamus always mentions Triple H and always gloats over the fact that he was the one who possibly ended Triple H’s career, we can be assured that The Cerebral Assassin will return for revenge.
Is Morrison being used to take up time until Triple H returns so that Sheamus can turn his attentions elsewhere? There is a possibility that this may be so.
Is this a bad thing? Perhaps not, when opportunity comes knocking, you have to answer and this is where Morrison can shoot his career further by making the best of this feud with Sheamus.
This means that he should work harder on some of the aspects that have been pulling him down so far. One negative side to his persona is his abilities on the mic. He needs to find some way to improve on this.
His most successful era on the mic was be his time with the Miz. He needs to re-examine that time and make adjustments to suit the character he plays now.
Now I am not saying that he is terrible on the mic, but he is no John Cena or Wade Barrett. He needs to improve this aspect of his overall product.
I really hope that John Morrison will be moved out of the middle card one day and find himself in range of the most coveted prize in WWE, either the WWE Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship.
I also feel that now is the time for him to begin taking those steps for this to become a reality.
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