WWE RAW Review 10/24/11: An Electrifying Show

Hello Revolutionaries, welcome to my RAW review and I must say, I enjoyed tonights RAW as the last two were absolutely nauseating. Initially, I expected a poor show considering WWE’s track record of dropping the ball when it comes to the RAW that follows a pay per view. Nonetheless, RAW was definitely pre planned and it was obvious considering the overall quality of the show.

Unsurprisingly, Triple H opens the show and apparently, he’s here to discuss Kevin Nash and his shocking attack last night (that was sarcasm). He discusses having his heart broken and subliminally mentions the Kliq while shockingly leaving out Scott Hall. I wonder why he didn’t mention Kevin Nash almost breaking his collarbone with that botched Jackknife last night.

Triple H’s tirade continues with him wanting to kick Nash’s ass until Laurinaitis interrupts. Why hasn’t this guy bought himself some cough drops or layoff the cigarettes already? It’s obviously destroying his voice.

Triple H threatens Ace and wants him to retire Nash or else. Hunter tries to leave but Nash shockingly (sarcasm) attacks Trips with a sledgehammer. Wow! A Triple H segment that didn’t last longer than 20 minutes!

Not

Apparently, a sledgehammer shot to the back cause’s seizures. As Triple H is being carted onto an ambulance, Kevin Cash returns and administers a sledgehammer shot the face of a unconscious Triple H. It’s funny that Triple H was basically kissing the ground considering he has made a career out of doing it to others.

Burial

After a string or replays, the first match commences in Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes and Christian. I’m going to pretend like Rhodes/Christian ever had a chance in this matchup but it was still solid nonetheless. I admire Sheamus for improvising the finish as it was apparent that he was supposed to connect with the Brogue Kick but a botch saw Sheamus utilize the Celtic cross instead.

Honestly, I’m surprised Rhodes was the one that got pinned. Considering Vince’s indifference towards Christian and his track record as of late, you’d think Christian would be the one to fall victim to Sheamus again.

Afterwards, Laurinaitis is apparently arguing with Stephanie McMahon over the events that transpired earlier in the evening. Otunga still can’t seem to get over his obsession of shopping at Sears and sipping on imitation coffee. Cena storms in and is actually very entertaining here.

I love the fact that he mentioned Ace’s skateboard days.

Unsurprisingly, Cena wants Awesome Truth and Laurinaitis will choose his partner.

After a commercial break, Santino is in the ring for a squash but I was utterly surprised when Ziggler’s theme music hit. The match was better than I expected but I find it strange that Ziggler needed an assist from Swagger to beat a comedic jobber like Santino Marella.  ZigSwag attacks Marella after the matchup until Mason “Batista” Ryan makes the save. Are you guys surprised? I told you, Vince McMahon’s bodybuilder fetish always prevails over pushing someone who is bringing in money like Zack Ryder.

The Bella’s and Zack Ryder are backstage as Ryder announces he’s Cena’s partner against Awesome Truth in the main event? Zack Ryder is in the RAW main event? You can’t be serious bro!

Alberto Del Rio is out next for his victory speech after his win over Cena at Vengeance. Unsurprisingly, the crowd doesn’t care about Alberto. Del Rio cuts his normal promo, proclaiming that he’s the best and unbeatable. You know you can’t call yourself the best without CM Punk taking exception to it.

The Voice of the Voiceless reminds Alberto that he has beaten him on a number of occasions while he has yet to receive his one on one rematch for the WWE Championship. Punk requests a rematch and Del Rio unsurprisingly turns the offer down. However, Punk threatens to put Rio to sleep with brings about the addition of Johnny Ace.

Laurinaitis proposes Punk/Del Rio for Survivor Series only if Punk says that he respects him. Punk cracks a number of jokes before Laurinaitis offers Punk one more chance. Punk unleashes his serious side and states that Funkman has done so little and gained so much. Laurinaitis doesn’t think Punk’s words are good enough and states that he’ll take another week to contemplate granting Punk a shot.

Punk attacks Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez attempting to make the save. Punk drops Ricardo with a GTS as stares a departing Alberto Del Rio.

Anyway, we have Natalya vs. Alicia Fox with the most noteworthy portion of this entire segment being the awful new theme of Alicia Fox. It’s almost as bad as that new theme Eve debuted at Vengeance. To be honest, I looked away for a few seconds and it was over. Fortunately for me, I caught the replay and I was surprised to see Alicia picking up the win after a rollup.

Whatevs

I’m actually surprised to see Morrison come out as he mentioned his Out of Your Mind fitness DVD on Twitter earlier today. Nonetheless, it’s always delightful to see the Prince of Parkour in action but I was shocked when his opponent was revealed. Wade Barrett is apparently being pushed again and Morrison is going to be his next victim (after Daniel Bryan of course).

The match started off pretty good with some nice back and forth action that spilled to the arena floor. Barrett throws Morrison into the fan barrier as we cut to a commercial break.

Honestly, it’s shocking that a Morrison match made it to a commercial break.

After the commercial break, the two had a pretty good matchup with Morrison finally looking decent after the series of squashes he has been victim of. However, Barrett picks up the win with the Wasteland. Barrett botched his first attempt by not being able to catch Morrison.

It was difficult to improvise as fans already caught on to the slip.

Cole and Lawler are discussing what happened to Triple H until Cole spontaneously discusses/bashes Jim Ross in front of the live audience. Cole shows a number of photo shopped pictures of Jim Ross before his issues a challenge to the Hall of Famer. Cole states that if JR beat him on next week’s RAW, he would quit his announcing position and JR can have his place back.

Zack Ryder is discussing the RAW main event with Josh Matthews before Awesome Truth attacks him.  You didn’t think Vince McMahon would allow Ryder to main event RAW did you? After the attack, Awesome Truth cuts a promo stating that no one is safe as they mock Triple H’s misfortune and inform Cena that he can’t rise above them.

Laurinaitis announces a handicap match as Ryder is unable to compete. This was a typical Cena match except for Awesome Truth displaying their cleverness by continually tagging out. As Cena was closing in on a victory, R-Truth reintroduces his water bottle to Cena’s cranium which gives Cena a win by DQ.

Awesome Truth continues the attack on Cena before Laurinaitis has it broken up by security. The Executive VP of talent relations announces a tag team match for Survivor Series that will feature Awesome Truth taking on Cena and a partner of his choice. Cena unsurprisingly chooses Rock as his partner.

Overall thoughts:

This was a pretty good RAW but I felt the Triple H/Nash fiasco should’ve been cut short and we didn’t need a million replays over the course of the episode. I’m questioning WWE’s decision to keep Air Boom off of television for two weeks in a row. I also find it strange that Ziggler took on Marella and the fact that he needed an assist by Swagger to defeat him.

What quality does Mason Ryan possess (besides looking like Batista) that makes him a worthy contender for the U.S. Championship.

Yes, I know I answered my own question there.

Why Kevin Nash still on my television screen? He sucks and doesn’t give a crap about anything but the numbers on his next paycheck.  Why has Natalya become the Christian of the Divas Division as she is basically the Diva to put over the ones on their way up?

Will Sheamus and Orton ever lose a match cleanly again?

Why is the Cena hater at almost every WWE event?

Will John Morrison ever win another WWE match?

Haven’t we had enough of Michael Cole’s shenanigans? However, if it means I only have to listen to his nauseating commentary on SmackDown, I’m all for this matchup.

Will Vince McMahon get Mason Ryan’s underwear out of his teeth long enough to take Ryder seriously?

How long will Triple H be out of action?

Why did the WWE test our intelligence tonight? They announced that Rock and Cena would be teaming up at Survivor Series a few weeks ago. It’s not like we’ll forget something as big as that.

And apparently, RAW is still all about The Game.

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WWE’s John Morrison: My Favorite Morrison Matches/Moments

Hello Revolutionaries and JoMoSapiens, welcome to my first of many planned video tributes to my favorite WWE Superstars. And who better to start this series on a high note with than WWE’s most exciting superstar in John Morrison. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Morrison’s work since his debut on ECW in 2007 against Nunzio.

The Shaman of Sexy has gone through a number of character alterations/evolutions since his transformation in 2007 after winning the ECW Championship and has been able to maintain yours truly as a fan through the highs and the (current) lows. Morrison has been a hot topic of the IWC as of late as most of the pro wrestling dirt sheets state that Morrison is leaving the WWE soon.

While I can’t justify these statements as factual, his booking as of late does suggest that Morrison is indeed on his way out of the company.

In a time of curiosity and confusion, I feel that it’s best to allow the nostalgia to overtake a fan. Simply put, it’s normal to reminisce in a time of despair.

So I prepared this article while compiling a number of Morrison moments that I enjoyed the most.

Well, enough of my small talk, here’s my favorite John Morrison moments.

(Be sure to utilize the hash tag, SaveJohnMorrison, if you are a fan and want to be a part of the movement)

Starting this article off with a bang, I decided to feature the above video for comic relief. While I was watching this, I noticed how different Morrison was back then. Of course, Morrison portrayed an arrogant, cocky, conceited heel and wrote most of his promos/sketches. Anyway, Morrison and Miz directed this video at Cryme Tyme. The two tag teams were feuding at the time and the DirtSheet Duo decided to imitate the lifestyle/mannerisms of Cryme Tyme for this hilarious rap video.

Enjoy

From a comical video to a serious one with John Morrison vs. Evan Bourne on ECW one night after the 2009 WWE Draft. Morrison and The Miz had split and fans wondered if Morrison could make it on his own. However, most fans always thought Morrison was the better half of the tag team.

Well for those watching, Morrison and Bourne didn’t disappoint as this is arguably the best match of both competitors careers.

I like to use this video for those critics who claim Morrison is a spot monkey and jumps around throughout the duration of his matches. To be honest, I wish he would use this style today.

Here’s part one but you can watch part two and three here.

This video is another hilarious one. While I can’t remember exactly when this happened, I do remember watching this on ECW sometime in 2008. Tommy Dreamer was still in his quest to become ECW champion once again but like Miz and Morrison were infamous for, they taunted Dreamer while being absolutely hilarious at the same time.

Technically, Morrison hadn’t become Morrison yet. He was still Johnny Nitro and I still hated his guts. However, I loved ECW and I wasn’t going to watch just because I dislike a certain WWE Superstar. Morrison went out and dominated this matchup while displaying a ton of flashy and impactful offense. I loved this match and Morrison cemented it for me when he hit the corkscrew neckbreaker.

This is when I became interested in Morrison’s future but I wasn’t a fan yet.

John Morrison vs. Sheamus at TLC 2010 was my favorite match of 2010. To be honest, it was the biggest mark out moment for me in a LONG time. Morrison was being pushed and the WWE set him up with former WWE Champion, Sheamus. The two traded wins at Survivor Series and the KOTR with this faceoff being the rubber match.

Thing is, I knew Morrison was going to win this match as The Miz was the WWE Champion. The WWE is against heel vs. heel and there’s no way they were going to allow it at the Royal Rumble. Anyway, besides HBK vs. Taker and Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan, this was the best match of 2010 and truly one that I’ll never forget.

This is part two, watch part one here.

This matchup was absolutely awesome and even the biggest Morrison hater will have to admit it. Rey Mysterio and John Morrison really put on a show here tonight and I thought Morrison was on his way.  This match had it all. From a nice pace to mat wrestling to the unique high flying style of both competitors, this matchup was absolutely awesome.

I didn’t utilize dirthsheet’s and read spoilers at this point so it was a nice surprise to see Morrison win this matchup.  And I can tell that I wasn’t the only one that enjoyed it as Morrison got a standing ovation after it was over.

This video has three other parts that you can watch here.

Man, I absolutely loved this. I don’t care what anyone says, this match is probably one of the most underrated in SmackDown history. Not only was the match great, it showed that Morrison CAN work the mic as a face if given some creative input on the things he says. This is also another matchup I’ll never forget because I love these guys.

Both are on my all time favorite WWE Superstars list while Edge sits in my number one spot.

This wasn’t actually a match but it was a spot. I don’t care what anybody says, this was awesome and it temporarily brightened up a Royal Rumble that was kind of boring when it happened. Thing is, my peers weren’t discussing the winner of this Rumble, Alberto Del Rio, they were actually discussing Morrison’s awesome stunt here.

The first live dirtsheet on SmackDown was probably the most memorable one as Morrison and Miz discussed their impending matchup at Bragging Rights 2009. This was the first time we actually got to see these two speak out on the other and discuss the who’s Shawn Michaels and who’s Marty Jannetty scenario.  While Miz has always been pretty good on the mic, Morrison has been criticized for his subpar promos.

I can’t speak for others but I enjoyed this as Morrison showed some intensity and emotion during this segment. Now if the WWE would allow him to do this on a regular basis and stop handing their talents scripts promos like Austin says, maybe they would be better on the mic.

Anyway, I spent most of this segment laughing my ass off because both of these guys are genuinely funny.

Another classic bout featuring John Morrison but this one would be against the Straight Edge Superstar, CM Punk. You see, CM Punk had been my favorite superstar since 2006 and I adopted Morrison as another favorite of mine in the weeks before this matchup. Morrison had defeated Punk three times and this was Punk’s last chance to grasp the ECW Championship.

To be honest, it didn’t matter who would win as I knew I was in for a classic matchup. These two went out and had one hell of a matchup with Morrison displaying some of the unique offensive I’ve ever seen. I still remember watching this with my siblings back in 2007 and downloading Punk’s theme song the next day.

Be sure to check out part two here.

Yes, another mark out moment for yours truly as I was starting to get bored with RAW and the way they were booking the CM Punk angle. Originally, Morrison was scheduled to return a few weeks later. Not only did I mark out for Morrison’s return but I anticipated a great feud with R-Truth down the line. Unfortunately, WWE dropped the ball with this like everything else they do nowadays but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this.

You’re probably wondering why I included this video but it’s simple actually. I think Funk Man absolutely, undoubtedly, unquestionably, one hundred percent completely sucks. I’ve wanted to say it since the first time Johnny Ace picked up a microphone. The fact that Morrison was the one to say it is just a bonus.

I included this video because it got me excited for what I predicted would be a pretty good and reasonable face turn. Today, I don’t have the same opinion as I prefer a heel Morrison but the event was still significant. Punk’s run in was absolutely hilarious.

Come on, everyone who was sitting at home watching this was like “What the hell is Morrison doing” and by the time it was over, you probably thought “Damn, that was awesome”.

I was.

Finally, we’re at the moment I officially became a John Morrison mark. The very same moment that Johnny Nitro became John Morrison was the moment he solidified his status as one of my all time favorite superstars. His gimmick was absolutely awesome and possessed every aspect a fan like me admires. The Rockstar gimmick, flashy wrestling style, unique attire, and conceited personality just clicked with me.

Of course, I still loved CM Punk but this guy was just something else.

Take a moment and admire this greatness.

Thanks for bearing my full fledged markism throughout this article and I hope you enjoyed. This was just the first in a long line of names from Edge, CM Punk, AJ Styles, and Shawn Michaels that I’ll do these series on.

With that being said, I’ll leave you with one last Morrison video.

WWE: John Morrison and a Glimpse of His Side of the Story

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Here I stand, more than six years after I was called up to main roster with Joey Mercury and Melina. In a mere six years, I have won almost every championship possible. From the Intercontinental to the ECW, my accomplishments are almost unmatched by any Superstar on the current roster.  At this point, the only title that has eluded me was one of the two World Championships.

While winning the World or WWE Championship has always been my ultimate goal, I now find myself alone on this road to the top. After an on and off the relationship that began when I was a contestant on a recently resurrected reality show, I find myself without the woman I’ve been in love with for years.

Normally, I wasn’t thrilled when I learned of her release. I felt as if the WWE was making a mistake but I understand this is a business and not everyone shares the same opinion as me. The decision put me in a place I’ve never been before. It allowed me time to reflect on my career and what it took for me to get here.

Chapter One: ECW Champion, Transformation, CM Punk, Teaming with Miz

One point in time has stood out. It was 2007 and 15,000 jam packed the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. In a strange twist of fate, officials informed me that I would face CM Punk for the ECW Championship. This came as a shock to me since Chris Benoit was originally scheduled for the match.

The Rabid Wolverine was unable to attend the event and I was selected as Punk’s opponent. The WWE wanted to have me as an option whenever Chris Benoit returned. I wasn’t the typical “ECW” Superstar and I’m positive most felt this match would be a walk in the park for Punk. However, officials booked me to win the match, much to the shock of the live audience.

The exhilarating feeling of winning the ECW Championship was soon clouded with horror when WWE Officials informed the locker room that Chris Benoit had passed away. When the details of Benoit’s passing came to light, officials informed us that Benoit practically a stranger now.

In light of the Benoit controversy, I partook in my first match as ECW Champion. The WWE wanted to put me in a matchup with its biggest star in John Cena. Despite a great matchup, I was booked to lose the match but I felt as if I did great in defeat.

The officials informed that I would undergo a character transformation. To my surprise, the WWE allowed me to create almost every aspect of my new character. I always felt I had a resemblance to legendary Doors Rocker, Jim Morrison, and I ultimately decided to model my new gimmick/character after him.

I really got into Jim Morrison. I spent time reading his biography, related books, and his books of poetry. I wanted to immerse myself into the role and this was the best way. Jim Morrison possessed a mysterious quality that made it seem like he was always on the edge.

I created my promos, catch phrases, and my slow motion entrance.

My new gimmick was self complementary and conceited. In turn, I was the perfect opponent for CM Punk. My program with CM Punk stretched over three pay per views as I arose as the victor in each encounter.

After the SummerSlam matchup, I was informed that I would enter a program with the Boogeyman. Before the program could be ignited, I was suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Sports Illustrated broke the news of numerous WWE suspensions (me included). I felt as if I had made the biggest mistake of my life. If life teaches you anything, it’s that you learn from your mistakes. Before my suspension commenced, I dropped the ECW Championship to CM Punk.

Upon my return, I defeated CM Punk in a non title matchup. I wasn’t surprised as Vince McMahon and ECW Creative had been on a personal crusade against Punk since his debut.  The program with Punk didn’t last long as The Miz was soon added to the mix. I was placed into a mini feud with Miz that was turned into a fully fledged partnership.

Obviously, we were pinned as odd pairing. In our first match as a team, we defeated another odd pairing in Matt Hardy and MVP for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Our title reign lasted several months with us defeating the likes of Kane and CM Punk, Tommy Dreamer and Colin Delaney, and the Hardy Boyz.

Throughout our time as a team, Miz became one of my best friends. Despite our friendship, most felt that I would become the huge star while Miz would reside in the mid card. I waved off the speculation because you never know what’ll happen in the WWE.

The Dirtsheet was created during our time together. The WWE gave us creative control and we made the best of it with numerous comedic skits and harsh criticism towards other WWE Superstars. I think the show allowed fans to witness what we were really like.

Zack Ryder is doing the same today.

Our first title reign ended at the hands of Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder in a four way tag team match that saw Hawkins and Ryder pin Jesse and Festus. We sporadically feuded with DX and Cryme Tyme while retaining our relevance through the DirtSheet.

In the months that followed, we won the World Tag Team Championships while picking up two Slammy Awards for the Dirtsheet and Tag Team of the year. WWE Management placed us in a feud with WWE Tag Team Champions, The Colons.  We traded wins while temporarily picking up the Bella Twins as our valets.

The angle culminated in a match at WrestleMania XXV when they defeated us to unify the Tag Team Championships.

The loss was a result of Creative wanting to split our team up. I was ecstatic when I learned of this while the split came at the conclusion of a match during the 2009 WWE Draft. The Miz would solidify his status as a heel by attacking me and sparking a feud with John Cena.

On the other hand, I remained a heel for my last ECW match with Evan Bourne.

Moments before the match, I learned that I would be drafted to SmackDown and repackaged as a face.

Chapter Two: SmackDown, Face turn, Intercontinental Champion, R-Truth

My face turn wouldn’t come immediately as I was booked as a heel for a matchup with R-Truth. The WWE pulled the trigger on my face turn with a match against Shelton Benjamin and a backstage confrontation with Chris Jericho.

I was ecstatic as this was the first time I would portray a face in my professional wrestling career. This was around the time I picked up Starship Pain as my finisher.  I was placed into a program with Shelton Benjamin. Shelton is a superb working and I felt we could tear the house down at will. During my feud with Shelton, I also faced Chris Jericho on numerous occasions.

Jericho was the locker room leader at the time and Creative felt a few matches with Jericho would do wonders for my face status.

As the mini feud with Jericho ended, I took on Shelton at Judgment Day. In a highly contested matchup, I defeated Shelton as Creative decided to end the feud. I didn’t have a solid direction but faced Umaga and Edge in great matchups.

The crowd was behind me and WWE Management felt it was only a matter of time before I would become World Champion.  So they decided to place me in a series of matches with then World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk.

I won each encounter and was in line for a World Title matchup.

My opportunity would come in a match with new World Champion, Jeff Hardy. The match was great but officials wanted to continue Punk’s heel turn and saw no reason for me to win the World Champion. Once again, I found myself without a clear cut direction until Rey Mysterio violated the Wellness Policy.

Mysterio had to drop the Intercontinental Championship to someone and he chose me. In one of the best matches of my career, I defeated Mysterio after Starship Pain. As Rey served his suspension, I was placed in a program with Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler was in a feud with Mysterio before I was brought into the mix.

I successfully defended the title against Ziggler (twice) and newcomer, Eric Escobar. At this point, I felt as if the Intercontinental Championship was the catalyst that would eventually lead to me winning the World Championship. While I was dominating the mid card on SmackDown, The Miz won the U.S. Championship on RAW.

Creative set up a matchup at Bragging Rights between us.  Ultimately, I lost the matchup to the Miz. Afterwards, I was slowly de-pushed by management.

The WWE placed me in a program with Drew McIntyre that ended with me dropping the IC Title to Scotsman.

I dropped the Intercontinental title before and felt McIntyre would thrive by defeating me.

After the feud with McIntyre ended, I was momentarily placed into the World Title picture. I was a combatant in the Elimination Chamber but I was ultimately pinned by The Undertaker.  Once again, I was left without any solid direction.

I was placed in an angle with R-Truth that saw us challenge ShoMiz for the Unified Tag Team Championship. Ultimately, we lost the matchup and continued to tag sporadically afterwards.

The WWE gave me a glimmer of hope when I was booked to defeat then World Champion, Jack Swagger, in a matchup on SmackDown. The feud ended before it got off the ground as I was drafted to RAW with R-Truth and Edge.

Chapter Three: RAW, Obscurity, MITB, Nexus

In the months that followed, I took some time off due to an ankle injury, sporadically feuded with Ted Dibiase, and mentored Eli Cottonwood on WWE NXT.

I questioned my status in the company as I hadn’t won a match in some time. I participated in the first RAW MITB matchup but it was won by The Miz. It seems as if the predictions of others backfired when Miz was seemingly on his way to the top while I was fading in mid card obscurity.

I was thrilled for Mike as he works harder than most of the locker room. I felt my opportunity would come but it would require patience on my part. I was placed on Team WWE in its match against Nexus at SummerSlam. I was eliminated early on but the feeling of performing in front of your home crowd outweighed it.

After I dropped out of the Nexus angle, I grew out my beard and was slowly returned to prominence through a win over Chris Jericho. In the weeks that followed, the WWE wanted to display my parkour training. They taped a backstage segment of me doing some standard Parkour techniques before my matches.

Chapter Four: Resurgence, Parkour, Sheamus, Contender

Parkour was flashy and as a fan of Macho Man, Shawn Michaels, and Ricky Steamboat, I wanted to utilize a unique, high flying style.  Parkour was my mesh as I was a big fan of movement and flashy styles used by Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan. I wanted to challenge myself as flashy is more difficult.

I was placed into matchups with Sheamus and Jericho that saw me defeat Jericho twice only to lose to Sheamus because of interference by Y2J.

WWE Creative inserted me into the Daniel Bryan/Miz feud for WWE Hell in a Cell. Daniel Bryan ultimately won the match while I went on to join Team RAW for Bragging Rights. Team SmackDown won the matchup after Edge pinned Miz but I was informed that I would feud with former WWE Champion, Sheamus.

Creative would have Sheamus bully Santino while I was inserted to make the save before Sheamus could cause Santino physical harm. After weeks of thwarting Sheamus’ plans, the WWE set up a matchup for Survivor Series.

This was my first singles pay per view matchup in almost a year.

The WWE booked me to defeat Sheamus and I felt as if I was on my way to finally winning the WWE Championship. The feud continued as the 2010 WWE King of the Ring tournament commenced. I defeated Tyson Kidd, Cody Rhodes, and Alberto Del Rio en route to the finals. Ultimately, WWE booked Sheamus to defeat me so a rubber match could be set up.

Creative set up a ladder match for the 2nd annual TLC pay per view. The difference is, the winner would challenge the WWE Champion. In what is called one of the best matches of 2010, I defeated Sheamus for the number one contendership.

Backstage, Officials were thrilled by my performance. You can imagine how I felt knowing I was on the good side of bookers.

I was finally realizing my dreams. However, the WWE Championship was wrapped tightly around the waist of my best friend, The Miz. Despite being the number one contender, I knew my time hadn’t come yet. Mike was too early into his first term and Vince McMahon felt he was the future of the company.

Creative set up numerous promos/tag matches that culminated in me defeating Alex Riley to choose the stipulation for the Championship match with Miz.

No Holds Barred was the stipulation and the place was the first RAW of 2011.

Despite losing the matchup, I felt as if I looked spectacular in defeat.

Chapter Five: Spots, Royal Rumble, Injury, Return

Afterwards, I competed in the 2011 Royal Rumble. In what is called the highlight of my career, I performed the infamous “Spiderman” spot.  I was eliminated shortly afterwards but the WWE Universe was amazed by my stunt as I still receive compliments on the spot to this day.

Funny thing is, most fans whisper “The Spidey Spot was awesome!”

I continued my hot streak with wins over Daniel Bryan and Nexus members before Elimination Chamber 2011. Officials knew the chamber was my playground and decided this would be the perfect event to put my parkour training to work. I was eliminated next to last but I was allowed to utilize numerous spots throughout the match.

If anything, my popularity was surging because of my parkour.

As WrestleMania 27 approached, I was involved in a series of matches with Dolph Ziggler that would include Jersey Shore star, Snooki, and former WWE Diva, Trish Stratus. At WrestleMania 27, I would team with Trish Stratus and Snooki to take on LayCool and Dolph Ziggler.

There’s a lot of controversy that surrounds this matchup. Like I’ve stated before, I feel as if Trish and Michelle got to shine in the match while me and Dolph was reduced to watching from the sidelines. I feel as if Dolph and I could’ve torn the house down had we had a few minutes to do so.

Snooki picked up the win while I landed Starship Pain on Dolph on the outside.

After WrestleMania 27, I was involved in a gauntlet match with R-Truth. I lost the matchup but I won’t mention why because I’m positive you know what I’m referring to. I defeated Truth for his spot in the WWE Title match at Extreme Rules but Truth subsequently turned heel and attacked me.

Initially, I and Truth was supposed to feud for months. Officials felt Truth would be the catalyst that eventually led to my transition to the top card. Officials booked Truth to cost me the triple threat with Miz and Cena at Extreme Rules but it would foreshadow an injury I suffered weeks before.

Shortly before WrestleMania, I started feeling numbness and pain in my arm.

I tried to work through it but the pain was so excruciating that I was forced to undergo an MRI.  I was informed that I would have to have surgery because of issues with bones causing damage to my nerves. To put it simply, it was as if someone was standing on a water hose and not allowing the water to flow out the other end.

Dr. Joseph Moroon made small incisions on my neck while moved bones and disks around my nerve route. I was supposed to miss 4-6 weeks but because nerves heal slower than muscles, my return was delayed.

WWE Management was looking to have me return before the MITB pay per view because they felt it’s where I shine.

I made my return during Triple H’s first RAW as COO and exacted revenge of Truth for “putting me on the shelf”. My return matches weren’t what I anticipated but each was great nonetheless. The news of Melina’s release didn’t surprise but reiterated the fact that I would face the challenges ahead alone.

The smiling faces of my home crowd can easily pass any emotion I was feeling at the time.

I won’t deny/confirm the rumors you’ve been hearing but I encourage you to continue to watch. Who knows what the future will hold for me but I assure you, I will be Champion.

I am the Monday Night Delight, the Guru of Greatness, the Honcho of Hotness, and the Prince of Parkour.

I am John Morrison.

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