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.
- This whole thing was a huge non-issue that the WWE powers that be didn't care about
- Edge's sudden retirement created a void that Vince wanted filled.
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.