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John Morrison Discusses His Decision to Leave WWE

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 05/15/17

John Morrison recently spoke with Colt Cabanaís Art Of Wrestling (via wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlightsÖ.

On His Decision to Leave WWE: ďI wouldnít say I quit or was released. At the end of 2011, I just didnít resign. I let my contract run out. They offered me a couple of things. They didnít offer me what I wanted.Ē Morrison continued, ďI wanted to make a movie and I didnít want to work 250 days a year. Thatís one of the reasons I left. I was tired of just kind of being on that express train, whatever you want to call it, so to speak. It just sort of shoots forward and you have no creative autonomy, no control over your time, and thereís not much time for side projects or family and friends.Ē

On His First Year on The Indies: ďOver the last couple of years, I went from doing independents to make money from looking at it differently. I look at it now as every show I have, Iím building my brand. I donít phone it in anymore.Ē Morrison continued, ďyouíve got all this stuff in your head and itís not like youíre purposely trying to have a bad match, but Iíve got pages of sides in my little computer bag and Iím at shows and Iím emailing my agent, following up with casting directors, so itís not like my head was necessarily in the game for the first year of independent wrestling.Ē

On Trying to Get Into Acting: ďWhen you leave WWE, like, when I left I was thinking, Ďmaybe Iíll take, like, a year off, and in that year, Iíll probably do a Marvel movie, maybe a couple of movies. I donít know.í And, obviously, completely unrealistic. I was thinking with the TV exposure I had with WWE, and itís kind of hard to explain to people sometimes how many countless hours you are on television when youíve been on the road with WWE. I was thinking that was going to open doors, get me auditions, and get me into a lot of high profile roles. The thing that I didnít take into consideration is that acting, like wrestling, is a skill. And, as many people are fans of wrestling that are going to be excited to meet you, talk about what The Undertaker and John Cena were like, there [are] a lot of people out there who are movie producers and casting directors who are not impressed with wrestling on your resume.Ē