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John Randall Hennigan (born October 3, 1979) is an American professional wrestler, traceur, actor, and filmmaker.He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name John Morrison.
- 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
- 215 lb (98 kg)
- University of California, Davis
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Few wrestling fans live out their childhood dreams of becoming a WWE title-holder. Bad Bunny, a lifelong devotee, got his chance in January at the 2021 Royal Rumble. When fame-hungry heels The Miz and John Morrison courted Bunny backstage with a deal to join the WWE,
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As his theme music reminds us, John Morrison “ain’t no make-believe.”. However, his lightning-fast offense and high-risk aerial expertise can make the WWE Universe wonder if their eyes are playing tricks on them every time he enters the ring. Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, The Guru of Greatness exudes Hollywood flash, from his colorful ...
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Before getting into professional wrestling, Hennigan attended the University of California at Davis studying both film and geology. Upon deciding that he did not want to pursue either path, Hennigan began his professional wrestling career training at the Supreme Pro Wrestling school in Sacramento, California. After failing his audition for Tough Enough 2,he was accepted as a cast member for Tough Enough III in 2002, eventually becoming the co-winner with Matt Cappotelli. For winning, Hennigan...
After leaving WWE, Hennigan began using his real name for wrestling shows. On his first post-WWE wrestling appearance, Hennigan rekindled an old feud facing off against Shelton Benjamin in the main event of the World Wrestling Fan Xperience (WWFX) Champions Showcase Tour in Manila, Philippineson February 4, 2012. Hennigan won the match to become the inaugural WWFX Heavyweight Champion. On August 12, 2012, Hennigan appeared at Juggalo Championship Wrestling's Bloodymania 6 event, defeating Mat...
In September 2014, it was reported that Hennigan had signed with the El Rey network's new television series, Lucha Underground, where he wrestled under the ring name Johnny Mundo. Mundo wrestled in the main event of the debut episode of Lucha Underground on October 29, 2014, defeating Prince Puma and winning one hundred thousand dollars, which was then taken away from him by promoter Dario Cueto, setting up several feuds. He then teamed with Prince Puma during the November 5, 2014 episode, de...
In 2009, Hennigan appeared on two episodes of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which were both aired on September 29. Hennigan is the subject of a WWE DVD, called John Morrison – Rock Star, which was released on February 16, 2010. The DVD covers his career from his name change to John Morrison up until his Intercontinental Championship win in September 2009. He appeared on an episode of Destroy Build Destroy on March 3, 2010. Hennigan was on the cover of Muscle & Fitnessin June 2010, with the issue also featuring an interview and photo shoot.
Hennigan has two sisters and grew up in Palos Verdes, where he attended high school. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2002. Hennigan cites Shawn Michaels, Randy Savage, and Curt Hennigas his favorite wrestlers. Hennigan is married to Taya Valkyrie.
- John Morrison – Early Years in The Business
- MNM – The Tag Team of Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury
- Johnny Nitro as A Singles Competitor
- MNM Revival – Johnny Nitro Teams with Joey Mercury Once Again
- Johnny Nitro Transitions to John Morrison in ECW
- The Tag Team of John Morrison and The Miz
- John Morrison – A Singles Competitor Once Again
- Backstage Issues For John Morrison and Departure from WWE
- WWE Return and Beyond
Born John Hennigan in late 1970 Los Angeles, Morrison’s first encounter with professional wrestling was with a training school in Sacramento, California. Morrison would later audition for the WWE reality-based show Tough Enough in 2002 but did not make the final cut. However, the following year was a different story as Morrison won the competition along with the late Matt Cappotelli. The win and prize ensured Morrison’s first wrestling contract, and he arrived in the developmental territory of OVW shortly afterward. The Nitro name, perhaps more of a wrestling fit than Spade, was a nice touch in the story as he was working for former WCW Nitro head Bischoff and at this point, Morrison even used the old Nitro theme as his entrance music. This on-screen role was not a long tenure as Morrison soon found himself back in developmental after a few months.
While back in OVW, Johnny Nitro started working in a tag team with Virginia native Joey Mercury. With fellow Tough Enough contestant Melina working as their valet, the young team looked fantastic and screamed star power. This led to being called back to the main roster for Nitro, but on this occasion, he found himself on SmackDown as part of the team MNM with Mercury and Melina. Their first match on the blue brand saw MNM win the tag team titles from the soon-to-split duo of Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio. While perhaps overshadowed by Guerrero’s charisma and an impending feud between Eddie and Mysterio, the short series of matches between these two teams were entertaining and worth going back and revisiting.
The on-screen unemployment of Johnny Nitro and Melina did not last long, however, as they resurfaced the following week on Monday Night Raw. Nitro was thrown straight into a high-profile contest with WWE Champion John Cena in his first appearance on the red brand. Morrison was on the losing end of this match, as many were with Cena in this era. Still, his involvement served its purpose in establishing Nitro as a credible competitor on the Monday Night show straight away. In mid-2006, the WWE title scene was tied up with John Cena defending against Rob Van Dam, Booker T, and Edge. Due to this, Nitro, somewhat predictably, dropped into the Intercontinental Championship picture. In that area of the card on Monday Night Raw were performers perhaps more similar to Nitro’s in-ring style. Smaller competitors like Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, and Jeff Hardy were also capable of keeping up with the high-speed aerial offense Nitro brought to the table. Morrison would win his first WWE singles t...
While Johnny Nitro was prominent on WWE television at this time in training Federline for a match with Cena on New Year’s day, his in-ring career was somewhat stalled. Seemingly viewed as outside the Intercontinental title picture but yet not elevated to main event status, the Nitro character seemed to tread water as a singles star. In November, a slightly surprising MNM reunion with Joey Mercury led to some above-average tag team contests with The Hardy Boys before Nitro headed to the Armageddon pay-per-view with his partner to challenge for the tag team titles once again in an absolute classic. At Armageddon, old foes Brian Kendrick and Paul London were scheduled to defend their tag team titles against William Regal and Dave Taylor, once known as "The Blue Bloods" in WCW many years previously. However, as the referee went to start the match, SmackDown GM Theodore Long entered the arena. Long first declared that this match would now be a ladder match. Teddy Long then elaborated tha...
It didn’t take long for Johnny Nitro to make his mark on the ECW brand. After making his debut on June 19th, 2007, Nitro would become the opponent who would face CM Punk for the vacant ECW title at Vengeance one week later. He would be a replacement for Chris Benoit (who was not at the event due to the infamously horrific double murder-suicide tragedyof that weekend.) Nitro would defeat Punk here to win his first "World Title," as it was described. Shortly after this, on an episode of ECW television, Johnny Nitro was repackaged as "John Morrison" and went on to feud with CM Punk for a few more months. Morrison, complete with new entrance music and look, would defeat Punk again at both the 2007 editions of The Great American bash and SummerSlam, before ultimately dropping the title to Punk on the Sci-Fi channel weekly programming. While this was very much CM Punk’s time and a title switch made sense, Morrison was also heading into dark waters with WWE after a wellness suspension.
Upon returning from a wellness suspension, John Morrison would continue his issues with CM Punk and start working against The Miz in a step that would influence Morrison’s WWE career even into his 2020 return. While competing against each other regularly for the number one contendership of CM Punk’s ECW title, he and Miz would find themselves thrown together on an episode of SmackDown in November of 2007 to take on the tag team champions Matt Hardy and MVP. While not getting along or functioning as a team, the ECW pair was still in better shape than the champions as MVP turned on Hardy, costing them the titles. Whether they liked it or not initially, Morrison and Miz were legitimized as a combo by the championship they now shared. In February of 2008, Morrison and Miz started streaming their own show on WWE.com entitled "The Dirt Sheet." Mainly used as a comedic venture to criticize or poke fun at other wrestlers, the show was seen as a success by WWE. This added weight to Miz and M...
Now back in the role of a singles competitor, another change for Morrison was fast approaching. After a backstage altercation with Chris Jericho and subsequent issues with Shelton Benjamin and "Y2J," Morrison found himself very much in the fan-favorite bracket. For the first time in his WWE career, Morrison was garnering cheers from the crowd. The high-risk aerial offense Morrison is famous for only added to this popularity, as the paying public could now cheer for his incredible athletic feats. In early September of ’09, Morrison would hold WWE gold again as he defeated Rey Mysterio to win the Intercontinental Championship. After some excellent matches with Dolph Ziggler, Morrison retaining the title in each, this set up a contest against his former partner, The Miz. At the aptly named "Bragging Rights" pay-per-view, representatives of Raw and SmackDown would face off for just that: the brand bragging rights. As Intercontinental Champion on SmackDown, Morrison would square off agai...
During this time, rumors of backstage issues surfaced. There were online rumblings that Morrison’s real-life partner Melina was not happy with the returning Trish Stratus supposedly taking "her spot" in their WrestleMania XXVII match. Reports of Morrison then not wanting to work with any of Stratus’s ideas for the match arose. Further rumors of the two where Morrison gave Trish the "cold shoulder treatment" also came out and were later confirmed by Trish Stratus herself on Busted Open Radio. "I got a bit of cold shoulder action, correct," Stratus explained. "[John Morrison] ’s into doing his thing and just didn’t think I should be a part of his thing, I guess, but I still admire him as an athlete." At a later date on Lilian Garcia’s podcast, Stratus would elaborate further. "I guess it was on Raw, we won the match, we were raising our hands, and I went to go raise his hand, and he threw my hand off or gave me the brush and went on the other side of Snooki. I was like, okay, that was...
On September 26th, 2019, it was reported by Mike Johnson of PWInsiderthat Hennigan had re-signed with WWE. This was later confirmed on December 3rd on Fox’s WWE Backstage. He returned to WWE on January 3rd, 2020, in an episode of SmackDown under his John Morrison ring name, resuming his alliance with The Miz soon after. Where John Morrison’s second run with WWE will go is anybody’s guess. However, his in-ring ability and charisma are evident for all to see when looking back on his first run. Despite often carrying weak tag team divisions with different partners or putting on very memorable matches as a singles competitor in the mid-card, that real top main event run eluded him. Whether through poor timing, a top-heavy talent roster, or even perhaps backstage issues, Hennigan never had a world title run in WWE that his evident ability would seem to hint he deserved. That aside, as fans, we will always have the memories of this crazy, athletic, flying man doing his best to entertain u...
John Morrison should have had a stronger career at WWE and be a winner, for example, the MITB." [ 9.0] "I look at Johnny *insert current name* as the biggest all-rounder of his generation after AJ Styles. He's successful worldwide and yes, he did have a lot of impact in the WWE even without a world title run.
Oct 01, 2019 · John Morrison is a famous WWE wrestler who recently signed a contract with WWE. He has a broad fan base which he earned through his impressive wrestling performances. Besides wrestling, he is a talented actor who has featured in different television shows and movies. He is also a loving husband to Taya Valkyrie.
John Morrison, The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) & The Miz defeat The Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) & The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (18:02) WWE Friday Night SmackDown #1081 - TV-Show @ WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, USA#DateMatch117.05.2021Lumberjack: Damian Priest defeats John ...210.05.2021Damian Priest defeats John Morrison ...303.05.2021Damian Priest defeats John Morrison ...412.04.2021Two On One Handicap: John Morrison & The ...
John Morrison and the Miz (or the Miz and John Morrison) are an American professional wrestling tag team in WWE, currently performing on the Raw brand.. The duo originally performed on ECW brand, but also appeared on the Raw and SmackDown brands due to ECW's talent exchanges with those brands during their tenure as a team.
Feb 26, 2020 · John Morrison on his wife joining him in WWE Taya actually signed a WWE Developmental deal back in 2011 but left the company without wrestling a single televised match for the company.
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