John Morrison, a professional wrestler, has made a message on his personal Instagram account regarding his release from WWE. The former IMPACT world champion expresses his gratitude to the fans for their unwavering support, then discusses his feelings on being cut, including tiny details regarding his phone chat with John Laurinaitis.
“I want you to know how appreciative I am for all of your support during my time with WWE. I also want you to know that I did get a call from John Laurinaitis, who informed me that my services as a performer were no longer necessary by WWE. I didn’t even receive a wish for success in your future activities. If you’re going to let me go, at the very least get your catch, right?
I’m not sure if it’s something that attracts people to professional wrestling or if it’s something that occurs to people when they’ve been around long enough, but my mind is constantly racing with ideas for ways to entertain the crowd, even if it’s at my own expense. It’s a bizarre concept to make yourself look awful in order to make someone else look good. But it’s such a vital element of my work for me. And it’s a topic that many people are unfamiliar with. That’s probably why this past run with WWE meant so much to me, since I got to visit and speak with individuals I hadn’t seen in ten years. The opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances and meet new people. Work with some of the top producers in the industry, as well as some of the best professional wrestlers.
I mean, the entire experience was nostalgic. It reminded me of how I felt when I first started in the industry. I was usually jittery. I wanted to do everything perfectly, so I would always arrive at the arena early, which only added to my nervousness. But there was one moment in particular when I was standing in the ring hours before doors opened, gazing out at all the empty seats and thinking to myself, “This place is going to be full in a couple of hours.” And there will be someone in each of those chairs watching at me, expecting me to do something.
I need to improve my skills. And perhaps the most important thing I learned during my first stint with WWE was that it’s not the stuff that draws fans to the sport. It’s all about the stories. We’re storytellers, after all. Now, I’m a storyteller who takes pride in being able to execute the flips, tricks, and hair whips, but those are just tools. The manoeuvres, the ropes, the ring, and the mic are all just tools utilised by people who practise the art of professional wrestling to tell stories. And the best part about being a storyteller is that each chapter concludes with a new one.”