WWE is currently in the process of pushing young and deserving talent, something that World Wrestling Entertainment has not done in previous years. They have realized that their established and veteran stars are getting older, and these veteran stars that have entertained viewing audiences for the past decade are getting ready to retire. Some of these stars have already retired (Shawn Michaels), while other stars such as Triple H, Kane, Undertaker, Edge, Chris Jericho, Christian, and others, are either in their early 40’s or late 30’s and are only a few years away from their retirement. For this reason, WWE has started pushing their younger and mostly unknown stars, to try to make them into the next big thing. These rising superstars will be the future of the WWE for years to come and I decided to write articles about who these rising superstars are and what to expect from them in the future:
Rising Superstar: John Morrison
Biography About This Rising Superstar: John Hennigan, known better as John Morrison in the WWE, was born on October 3, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Morrison got his big break when he was accepted on to the third season of Tough Enough in 2002. Morrison did well enough to be named co-winner of the competition with Matt Cappotelli. Morrison won a WWE development contract and made his first WWE appearance in early 2004, and had various name changes in the weeks to come. Morrison went through most of his career under Johnny Nitro. It was not until he won the ECW Championship, did he change his name to John Morrison and the name has stuck ever since. Morrison has been with the WWE for the past six years, and currently competes on the Raw brand.
Accomplishments in the WWE: Morrison is one of the most accomplished rising superstars on the list. In his six years in the WWE, Morrison has been on every brand, including the now defunct ECW brand. While he was a part of that brand, Morrison won their world championship, and became ECW Champion after beating CM Punk. Morrison is one of the most prolific tag team wrestlers still wrestling today, and has been a five-time Tag Team Champion. Morrison was champion three times with Joey Mercury while a part of team MNM, and two times with The Miz. With The Miz, Morrison is also a two Slammy Award Winner. Morrison might be a better singles wrestler, being a three-time Intercontinental Champion. His latest title reign was last year after a victory over Rey Mysterio.
Current Position in the WWE: Morrison should be content with his current position in the WWE. While Morrison is probably not where he wants to be at yet, which is the main event, he is in an upper mid-card feud with Sheamus currently. Sheamus is one of the top heels in the company, and is just a few months removed from his second world title reign. This feud was made after Sheamus and Morrison had one of the best matches of the year, a few months back, while Sheamus was still the world champion. Before this feud was made, Morrison was competing against the likes of The Miz and Daniel Bryan, in search of his first United States Championship. Morrison has been stuck in the mid-card level for most of his career, but is a push away from becoming a main eventer.
Why John Morrison is a Rising Superstar: John Morrison has been a rising superstar for the past few years, and could be only entering his prime in the next few years. Morrison has been talked about highly by most wrestling fans because of his offense which no other wrestler can do. Morrison has some of the best work ethics in the WWE, not to mention his great finisher. His finisher “Starship Pain” is a split-legged corkscrew moonsault, and must be seen to be believed. Morrison’s finisher takes both great agility and athleticism to pull off. Apart from his wrestling abilities, Morrison also has a great look and has been called “The Shaman of Sexy” and “The Guru of Greatness.” One thing that Morrison has an advantage over most rising superstars is his experience, even at his relative young age of 31.
What to Expect in the Future from John Morrison: If Morrison’s current feud with Sheamus is any indication of where he is at in the WWE, it could mean very good things in the future for Morrison. For the longest time, Morrison was lost in the shuffle, and stuck in meaningless fueds against wrestlers with half his ability. But Morrison is probably in the best position he has ever been in his career, feuding with a two-time world champion, and could mean a spot on the main event scene in 2011. If Morrison isn’t going to be elevated to main event status, he will likely feud for and win his first United States Championship on Raw. If Daniel Bryan is still champion, they could produce some of the best matches of the year.