Once the IWC's idolized favorite, John Morrison had the complete package to become a World Heavyweight Champion. He had the attractive look, flashy in-ring style, and everything except for mic skills, which of course is an essential part in finding success in WWE.
Regardless of that minor flaw, Morrison had the perfect build-up as a WWE Superstar from an unrecognizable nobody to a tag team specialist to a singles competitor to being on the cusp of main event.
Before changing his surname to Morrison in the summer of 2007, Johnny Nitro immediately made an impact upon defeating Batista and Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team Championships alongside Joey Mercury in late 2005. The two made a fantastic team, but not as good as Morrison's eventual two-year-long pairing with The Miz.
With his valet and legitimate girlfriend Melina by his side, Morrison was able to capture the Intercontinental Championship on three separate occasions. Those victories eventually earned him matches against the likes of John Cena, Batista, Triple H, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio and other established veterans.
Upon his face turn in 2009, the future looked very bright for Morrison going forward. He was slowly growing more over with the fans each week, while also competing in high-level matches on SmackDown against CM Punk and Jeff Hardy.
However, shortly after dropping his Intercontinental Championship to Drew McIntyre at the start of 2010, Morrison's momentum quickly went into a downward spiral. His move to Raw didn't help matters, nor did his partnership with R-Truth for the remainder of the year.
Morrison once again reached a climax in his career when he defeated Sheamus in a Ladder Match at WWE TLC that December to become the No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship. Had his time finally come? Well, sadly not.
On the premiere edition of Raw in 2011, Morrison quickly cashed in his WWE title shot in the night's opening match, losing to then-title holder Miz. The rest of 2011 did him no favors, as his altercation with Trish Status at WrestleMania 27 in addition to his severe neck injury that spring, saw him get de-pushed yet again.
Of course, Creative hardly did anything with the Monday Night Delight once he returned to the ring, which wasn't all that surprising. In late November, Morrison's contract had expired and he opted against re-signing, thus effectively putting an end to his WWE tenure.
His lack of progression and development in his mic skills ended up being his downfall, but one can only hope those flaws are fixed by the time he makes his inevitable return to WWE.
Read WWE's Pushed to Punished, Edition 10: John Morrison here.