Dirtsheet Duo: Five Ways John Morrison Is Better Than The Miz
Me and my good friend Matt Offerman were having one of our famous wrestling-related discussions when he informed me of his latest creation—a slideshow which featured five ways Christian is better than Edge. In the process, Matt gave yours truly a splendid idea.
I decided to create this slideshow on my favorite two people in the world.
John Morrison and the Miz.
Before the accusations of favoritism override my comment section, I would like to state with complete honesty that this article was done without any bias. If you haven’t already noticed, I gather research for each of my articles, but at times I don’t have too.
While The Miz is obviously better than Morrison when it comes to holding the stick, can anyone make a substantial argument for Miz’s superiority to John Morrison? Trust me, I’ve watched numerous matches and I cannot.
Like Matt, I am issuing an open challenge to anyone who believes Miz is better than Morrison. I would also prefer my challenger to write without hatred towards Morrison but rather with objectivity.
So it begins.
Better Match Quality
I highly doubt if anyone can argue with this one. Simply put, John Morrison’s matches are exceptionally more entertaining the Miz’s. In 2009, Creative built Morrison up as the next big thing on Smackdown. He competed in a series of excellent matches with Edge, Y2J and Jeff Hardy. Even before his departure from ECW, Morrison and Evan Bourne had an excellent match.
A match to this day is still viewed by me occasionally.
However, the real magic was yet to come. John Morrison took on Rey Mysterio for the IC Title on an episode of Smackdown last year. In one of the best matches in recent memory, Morrison defeated Mysterio for the Intercontinental title.
Morrison reignited fans with his match with Sheamus. While the first match was an okay performance by both men, Morrison’s ladder match which Sheamus was labeled a “star-making” performance by the IWC and WWE Creative. Then you have Miz’s tables match with Randy Orton that same night.
Honestly, besides the horrible ending, the match was easily forgettable.
The only time Miz has put on a quality match was when John Morrison was on the opposing side.
For the record, that’s not exactly a bad thing and displays the chemistry between both men. I would’ve loved to see it at the Royal Rumble.
Talent of The Tag Team
If you can make a substantial argument here, power to you my friends. John Morrison was indeed the talent of their tag team. Unlike The Miz and his comical voices used to mock the target, Morrison used his confidence to fuel his arrogance. Having a hard time agreeing with me? Watch an episode of the Dirtsheet.
Morrison’s mic skills were slightly better and more believable than Miz’s.
John and his palace of wisdom were definitely a big part of the weekly segments.
On a side note, let me say this.
Somewhere down the line, Morrison lost his confidence. I’m thinking it was WWE Creative’s immediate decision to turn him face. Like Orton, it seemed as if Creative believed Morrison was a guy fans wanted to cheer and get behind.
Thus the face turn occurred.
Back to the subject, along with the Dirtsheet, Morrison was always the go to guy in the tag team. Once again, if you have a hard time agreeing with what I said, watch a video when they were together. Better yet, watch multiple videos and only then you should give me your honest opinion.
What exactly was Miz doing before he and Morrison became a team? He was getting destroyed on Smackdown by guys like Undertaker, Finley and Matt Hardy. Transferred to ECW where he lost matches to guys like Dreamer and Balls, Mahoney and was placed in an angle with Diva’s.
Morrison was beating CM Punk and winning the ECW Championship. He’d already been a two time ECW Champion and even took WWE Champion John Cena to his limits in a match.
No argument against me here.
The Better Wrestler
As in the last two slides, this one is indeed obvious—John Morrison is a better wrestler than the Miz. While Miz has improved tremendously as a wrestler, Morrison still edges him out in the in ring ability department. Like I stated in slide one, Morrison’s has way better match quality than Miz.
Let’s take a look at the matches Miz has participated in since becoming Champion.
He’s taken on WWE HOF, Jerry Lawler twice. Unless you’re blind, Miz botched multiple times in both matches. He had to redo his signature corner clothesline because he botched it. Let’s not mention those matches with Randy Orton.
That’s just TV—I’ve seen the Miz live and honestly, I hated watching the match.
Now Morrison, who’s arguably the most athletic guy on the roster (now that Shelton’s gone) uses his parkour training inside the ring. As a face, the moveset that Morrison utilizes is not the one he chooses, but it’s a must for the fans.
To those who have a problem with it—you call it being a spot monkey, I call it innovative. Speaking of spot monkey, the definition of a true spot monkey is a guy who does nothing but spectacular or special spots for no apparent reason. While Morrison was indeed a SM, as of late Morrison has grown out of the nefarious label.
Hence the use of the running knee instead of Starship Pain.
The definition of a true spot monkey would be Sabu.
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time Morrison did the Starship Pain besides the match with Miz.
Don’t even get me started on how great of a seller Morrison is.
Doesn't Need The World Title
Yeah, that’s right. The Miz needs the World Title to be labeled as a main event star. A good friend of mine informed me of this and I’m going to reiterate it for you. Every now and then, the WWE creates a WWE Superstar has not only the in ring ability but the credibility to be World Champion. Morrison is so popular that the WWE realized they can push him at any time to win the WWE Championship.
A perfect example of this would be Jeff Hardy, Edge and even HBK.
Calm down IWC, I’m not comparing him to Michaels in any way.
The WWE takes the time to create other Superstars while guys like Morrison could’ve won the World Title any time. Morrison can be pushed to become WWE Champion at any time, and the fans would accept it his title reign more than Miz’s win because he has the credentials.
3x IC Champion, multiple time tag team Champion, and ECW Champion, along with his spectacular performances inside the squared circle. The Miz hasn’t so he needs the WWE Championship to be established as a new star.
The WWE creates stars like Sheamus and Wade Barrett because they know they can push Morrison whenever they want.
Much like they’re doing now.
Morrison Doesn't Need an Accomplice/Partner
The title says it all. Morrison does not need any backing or another Superstar to get “over”. The Miz has had multiple personnel with him through his career. Let’s take a look shall we?
He’s had Morrison as a tag team partner for almost three years. Before that, Extreme Expose was placed in an angle with him on ECW. If you don’t remember it consisted of Layla, Brooke and Kelly Kelly and eventually led to the Balls Mahoney angle.
Then he was almost placed in an on-screen relationship with Maryse. An injury kept the angle from going further than it already had. The next was the Big Show. Winning the unified tag team titles from DX and feuding with multiple tag teams along the way.
Show also assisted him in retaining his U.S. Title on the rare occasions he defended it.
From there, Miz was placed in a short lived tag team with Chris Jericho. After a few months alone, Miz now has his lacky, Alex Riley doing his dirty work for him. Morrison has had Melina, Mercury and Miz but now the Shaman is on his own and has been since the split from R-Truth.
Conclusion: The Backing of Fans and Others (Not Apart of The Rest)
Besides the IWC, John Morrison’s fan base continues to grow on a weekly basis. Now that his push has resumed, Morrison is widening eyes and is a favorite in the Royal Rumble match this Sunday. Guys like Jim Ross and Bret Hart have praised Morrison over the past weeks. JR, the greatest wrestling commentator ever believes in Morrison and firmly disagrees with the “mic” excuse by others.
I’m guessing your thinking where am I getting at with this?
As Morrison changes, the Miz stays the same.
Since he won the WWE Championship, Miz has been looked in a feud with Randy Orton. The Era of Awesome has met its end before it could stand on its own two feet. The promos are getting shorter but as remain the same as the week before. The attacks on WWE Superstars are becoming more and more predictable.
His in ring improvement has slowly drifted away.
Going into his fifth match with Orton in six months, The Miz will obviously retain his WWE Title this Sunday.
Is this what we wanted out of the Era of Awesome?
The Palace of Wisdom is going through renovations each week and this Sunday could very well end in a high note for Morrison.
Now that’s awesome.