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John Morrison: why he left WWE in 2011, why he didn’t return in 2016 when they reached out to him

WWE Superstar John Morrison was interviewed by Chris Van Vliet this week. Morrison talked about a bunch of things including his return to WWE, Austin Aries no selling at Bound For Glory, The Miz, Taya Valkyrie and much more.

Here are some highlights and scroll down for the full interview.

John Morrison talked about his stem cell treatment:  “I got everything.  I got both knees, ankle, shoulders, elbow, two vertebrae in my back, two in my neck.  I felt the biggest results in my joints.”

Morrison was asked about his departure from WWE in 2011:  “When I first left WWE, I thought I was going to be back in a year or two.  I left because I wanted to make a movie.  Not just be in a movie, but I’m a film major.  I went to UC Davis.  That’s what I studied in school so I wanted to do the whole process.  I wanted to write it, produce it, star in it and when I left I thought that was going to take a year or two.  Nope.  The whole process from coming up with the idea to the release was five years.  I had always intended to go back to WWE. As the years went by, I kept in touch and I was never on bad terms with anyone.  In 2016 or 2017, I had a conversation with Mark Carrano and he said ‘we would love to have you back, but if you sign again with Lucha Underground, it’s probably not going to happen.’ I signed again with Lucha Underground. It wasn’t a ‘screw you WWE’ thing, it was that I still wasn’t finished with my movie ‘Boone.’  I had a lot of things going on. I liked Lucha Underground. Lucha Underground made me a really nice offer. When I hit Vince up and Carrano up about coming back (this time), I was really excited when they seemed interested.”

Morrison talked about Miz’ involvement on Miz and Mrs:  “He’s very involved in Miz and Mrs.  Him and Maryse are both executive producers.  They are not vanity credits.  He’s giving notes on rough cuts.  He’s coming up with the stories.  He’s working with the producers.  He’s earning that E.P. credit.”

Morrison was asked what he has learned from Miz: “I’ve learned a lot from the guy. He’s always been authentically himself.  So, there are no cracks between him and his character. There are no gaps. I think that is the biggest factor in success and failure in entertainment.  If you have cracks and people see through you, it shatters that reality and suspension of disbelief and then you feel dumb or insulted and want to change the channel.  Because he never does that, that is why he has achieved what he has.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Chris Van Vliet with a h/t to for the transcription


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