Former WWE Intercontinental Champion and Tag-Team Champion, John Morrison, has signed a deal to return to WWE, according to the latest report by PWInsider.
John Hennigan, who currently performs in IMPACT Wrestling as Johnny Impact, last wrestled in WWE in 2011. He performed under the names of Johnny Nitro and John Morrison in WWE, and was a constant fixture in the midcard for several years.
The 39-year old left WWE in 2011 and pursued a career in the independent scene. He wrestled as Johnny Mundo in Lucha Underground, Johnny Impact in TNA\IMPACT, and under various names in the indie circuit.
John Morrison won the Tough Enough reality show in 2002, following which he was assigned to WWE’s developmental program in Ohio Valley Wrestling. He made his RAW debut in 2004, and was known as ‘Johnny Blaze’.
He went on to have a successful run in WWE, winning the Tag-Team Championships four times with Joey Mercury and The Miz. He was also the ECW Champion, which technically makes him a World Champion in the company. Morrison also won the prestigious Intercontinental Championship three times.
Morrison’s arrival in the company is notable because of the upcoming draft on RAW and SmackDown. WWE goes on a signing spree before any draft, and they have done the same this time around.
Morrison was considered one of the finest wrestlers in WWE and was viewed as a potential World Champion during his initial run. After leaving the company in his prime, Morrison won several titles all around the world. His recent stint in Impact saw him win the World Championship, and he featured in the main role on the show for close to two years.
It will be interesting to see which brand Morrison joins after the draft. WWE usually assigns its wrestlers to NXT first, but Morrison has tremendous WWE experience and is nearing 40, which could result in a direct main-roster ticket similar to AJ Styles and Bobby Lashley.