John Morrison has opened up about his reasons for returning to WWE in 2020 after spending almost a decade away from the company.
Morrison made his name as part of the MNM tag team in the mid-2000s in WWE when he was still known as Johnny Nitro. An evolution took place where he became John Morrison and achieved more tag team success in his pairing with The Miz. A few brushes with the WWE Championship was as close as Morrison got to the biggest prize in the company and he left when his contract expired in late 2011.
Morrison found more success outside of WWE in Lucha Underground, AAA, and IMPACT Wrestling where changes in his surname once more couldn’t mask his ability. Morrison defeated Austin Aries in an infamous match at Bound For Glory 2018 to win the IMPACT World Championship.
With the world at his feet, John Morrison has now discussed with Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso what drew him back to WWE ahead of his appearance in the men’s Money In The Bank ladder match on July 18th.
“This is why I came back to WWE. It wasn’t just to be with The Miz on TV, which has been great. The Miz is one of the hardest-working people I know, and he’s my best friend. But when I started training for pro wrestling, being on Tough Enough in 2002, I said back then that I was doing this because I wanted to main-event WrestleMania. A couple of people snickered, but I remember saying, ‘If you don’t want to main-event WrestleMania, you should quit now.’ That’s the whole point. If you do something, you should want to be the best.”
“I believe there are a lot of things I am the best at, and I haven’t got the chance to show that yet. It does feel like, for me, these next couple months could be that moment to show exactly what I can do in the ring.”
While John Morrison knows what brought him back to WWE, he doesn’t discount his time away from the company:
“I learned a lot when I left. I was gone from WWE for eight years. I gave it my all away from WWE, too. I know what it means to be in the crowd, to spend your hard-earned money and be vulnerable and enjoy the show. I’ll never forget that, and I’ll never hold back. I know the opportunity here is very special, and I’m going to put my all into making the most of it.”
Morrison knows he will be joined by Riddle, Ricochet, Big E, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Drew McIntyre in the men’s Money In The Bank ladder match, with spaces still to be claimed. The event will mark the WWE’s first pay-per-view event back on the road as the company begins life post-pandemic.