Friday, May 6, 2011

How Edge saved John Morrison...

According to Wrestle Newz aka WNZ,* Edge's sudden retirement "saved" John Morrison.  Saved from what exactly?  I thought you'd never ask.  Some really smart, handsome internet poster started an epic thread on about Morrison's issues. 

Many thought that would mean that Morrison would tumble down the card.  When R-Truth won a spot at Extreme Rules over John, it seemed that Morrison was getting his punishment.  Then Morrison was inserted back into that main event when Truth turned heel.  Why?  Well, there's a couple of reasonable theories behind that.  Actually, I'm sure there are more, but let's focus on these two.
  1. This whole thing was a huge non-issue that the WWE powers that be didn't care about
  2. Edge's sudden retirement created a void that Vince wanted filled.
I have zero idea what the real reason is, but WNZ's Marc Middleton says it boiled down to this:
A source indicates that Vince McMahon made the decision to put a spotlight back on Morrison once it was confirmed that Edge would be retiring. Vince felt that WWE needed a top babyface with an “exciting rock star” attitude like Edge had.
So in losing the Rated-R Superstar, Vince felt that he still needed a guy that fit that mold.  I guess the "One Man Rock Band" Heath Slater wasn't considered ready for primetime so Morrison's punishment was lessened.

If true, I think that's pretty wild and one heck of a break for JMo.  Is it true?  I don't know, but it's a good story if nothing else.

*Yes, that's an unfortunate name if you want to be taken seriously.