John Morrison opens up about his release from WWE

John Morrison was one of 20-plus talents cut from WWE in November. He spoke about his departure and looking forward to what's next

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Morrison is looking forward to the next chapter of his career.

After nine years away from WWE, John Morrison returned to WWE TV in January 2020 and two months into his return run, Morrison and The Miz captured the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. This month, Morrison was one of 20-plus talents released from the company.

He took to his Instagram page and thanked his supporters for rallying behind him during his latest run. Morrison joked that John Laurinaitis could have at least wished him well on his future endeavors when he delivered the phone call. Morrison added that it was nostalgic to come back but the great thing about being a storyteller is when one chapter ends, another one begins.

Aquaholics, JoMo-sapiens, John-tourage, Slamtonians, I want you all to know how grateful I am for the support you gave me during this past run with WWE. I also want you to know that I did in fact receive a phone call from John Laurinaitis during which he told me that my services as a talent were no longer required by WWE. I didn’t even get a, ‘Best of luck on your future endeavors.’ I mean, if you’re gonna let me go, at least hit your catchphrase, right? I don’t know if it’s something that draws people to professional wrestling or something that happens to people when they’ve been in the business for a long enough time but my mind always races towards ways to pop the crowd, even at my own expense. The whole idea of making yourself look bad to make someone else look good is a strange thing. But for me it’s such an important part of what I do, and it’s a foreign concept to so many people. I think that’s why this past run with WWE meant so much to me. I saw and spoke to people I hadn’t seen in ten years. The chance to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, work with some of the best production people in the business, some of the best professional wrestlers in the business. I mean, just — the whole thing was… nostalgic. It brought me back to how I felt when I was brand new to the business. I was always just so nervous. I just wanted to do everything right, you know? I would do things like I would get to the arena super early all the time, which actually just gave me more time to be nervous but, there was one time in particular, I remember I was standing there in the ring hours before doors, looking out at all the empty seats thinking, ‘In a couple of hours, this place is gonna be packed and there is gonna be a person in every one of those seats, all staring at me, expecting me to do stuff. I gotta get better at stuff,’ and I think maybe the most important thing I learned during my first run with WWE is it’s not the stuff that people go to see wrestling for, it’s the stories. We’re storytellers. Now, I happen to be a storyteller who takes a lot of pride in being able to do the flips, the tricks, the kicks and the hair whips but, those are just tools. The moves, the ropes, the ring, the mic, they are all just tools used by those who practice the art of professional wrestling to tell stories, and the great thing about being a storyteller is that when one chapter ends, another one begins.

Morrison was released on November 18th along with Drake Maverick, Jaxson Ryker, Tegan Nox, Shane Thorne and Hit Row (Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott, AJ Francis, B-FAB & Ashante Thee Adonis).

POST Wrestling’s John Pollock and Wai Ting gave their thoughts on the recent releases during their 11/19 Daily News Update.

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