WWE welcomed John Morrison back to the company, and he ended a long hiatus. He didn’t intend on it lasting that long either..
While he spoke to Chris Van Vliet, John Morrison revealed that he was told by Mark Carrano that if he signed a new contract with Lucha Underground then he probably wouldn’t be able to come back. He didn’t intend on being gone from WWE as long as he was, but he wanted to make Boone The Bounty Hunter a reality.
Thankfully, that was a bluff, or perhaps it had more to do with Lucha Underground’s closure. Either way, Morrison was very happy to find out that WWE was still interested in his services after discussing a return before.
“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.”
John Morrison is now alongside his old friend The Miz once again. Their Dirt Sheet segments light up the ThunderDome as WWE takes full advantage of the technological bells and whistles to give it a really cool look.
We’ll have to see what’s next for John Morrison in WWE, but it wouldn’t have been possible if they stuck to their guns about no signing him to a new deal after accepting another contract with Lucha Underground.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote