Digging into the Jobber Pit: Where Have John Morrison's Supporters Gone?
The question you see in the headline isn't referring to Morrison's supporters on the creative board. If you've kept up with any online sources of wrestling gossip this past year, you would have heard the trouble Morrison blundered into with his association to now ex-employee Melina. My question alludes to the support from the fans who, if I'm to base anything off various comment sections and articles on websites such as our beloved Bleacher Report, seem to have deserted the Prince of Parkour.
To briefly reflect on Morrison's career, I'd say 2009 was the highest point since dropping the prior "Johnny Nitro" gimmick in favor of the more grounded John Morrison persona. At this time, he appeared infrequently in Smackdown main events, putting on quality matches with the likes of CM Punk, Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho and in a particularly impressive, twenty-some minute Intercontinental Championship match, Rey Mysterio.
If you've ever taken a look at John Morrison's match compilation DVD, "John Morrison: Rockstar", you'd know he has an impressive body of work. However, despite those dozen or so excellent matches he had within just a year (excluding the one or two earlier matches featured on the DVD), I've recently seen fans accuse him of mediocrity, not just on the microphone (which is understandable), but in terms of technical ability.
For these detractors, I ask only that you consider this: John Morrison has scarcely been featured since his latest push earlier in the year waned. Thus, if you're basing your criticism on his work from this year alone, you're hardly assuming an objective perspective, bearing in mind the years prior in which he wasn't inhibited by backstage politics to the point of obscurity as he has been recently.
The IWC remained ardent supporters of talents like Jamie Noble and William Regal, despite not being featured predominantly for the latter portions of their WWE careers. It's beyond me why they'd turn their back so starkly on John Morrison, who in his time with the WWE has accrued one of the most impressive resumes of television matches, accounting for the aforementioned Intercontinental Championship match with Rey Mysterio; his World Heavyweight Championship match against Jeff Hardy; the contest he had with Chris Jericho on Superstars at the start of his face turn; and his last ECW Championship defense to CM Punk, all of which can be found on his DVD.
I endeavored to write to Morrison's defense because I've had profound respect for his work these past few years and in some respects, I've modeled my own wrestling style off of his. I only hope you can take this information into consideration and perhaps judge John Morrison from a new light, putting aside recent bookings and personal affairs.
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