Beginnings are never easy…From starting a new job to trying to find the words to use for this debut column, there are some things in life that take time.
Take the pro wrestling business for example. All of us have seen wrestler’s debut with one gimmick and as their career progresses over the years, their characters either change altogether into something new or we get a wrestler who makes subtle changes during their career with the eventual end result of morphing into a character that is them with the volume turned way up.
John “Morrison” Hennigan has done both and in a way has gone full circle.
Starting out as himself, the UC Davis grad went from total obscurity to beat out several thousands to join a reality show where people live in a house, compete, train with legends while we of the viewing public watched, formed opinions on just who was ‘Tough Enough.’
John has said winning TE III was the easy part. If you place yourself in his shoes, the hardest part had to have been packing up everything he had known in California to go to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Kentucky. John and Matt Cappotelli not only worked and learned from people like Jim Cornette and Danny Davis, but also I’m sure had their fair share of critics who gave them a hard time about coming into a developmental system from a reality show when a lot of them had been at OVW for years honing their skills, while waiting for their own opportunity to come.
John worked hard, proved the critics wrong and blossomed into the personality we all know as John Morrison in WWE.
In this column we’re going to taking a look at what John says that he could use some work on and that’s his promo work. I’ll take you through some of earlier promos from OVW where he began with Matt Cappotelli as Team Tough Enough to his Johnny Nitro days, including MNM with Joey Mercury and Melina to John Morrison. We’ll also take a look at the next phase of his career as he evolves again into John Hennigan, the improviser, comedian and actor.
The art of the Promo can be difficult. Over the years, I’ve seen indie wrestlers who are friends of mine struggle with them. The reasons for why anyone does can be due to a number of factors. First one is timing, another is that is an uncontrollable, the office. If the office makes some last minute changes to a storyline that could throw you off your game. Another reason could be that if you are just one of those individuals who’s shy and has to drum up something from within to get you in that place you need to be and it takes you awhile to do it, then it could be an issue if someone from the office tells you that you need turn it up and now.
Some people have a natural ability for it, others may have to work at it a little harder, but given the opportunity, I’m sure they’ll eventually knock it out of the park.
Guess you’re wondering what my opinion of John’s promos skills are. In my opinion, it falls in the latter. John can cut a promo; in fact he does them quite well. I mention those reasons in the paragraphs prior because I think where his critics pin point where his issues are, the reasons could fall from one or several of these factors or none of these at all. John only knows for sure.
While researching this column, there are several promos that I found that were pure gold and some that some people may not have liked at all. This will be a fun and quite interactive column so to be sure to hit me up on twitter @bedofroses2001 or leave a comment on the site. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Here’s this week’s 1st promo.
It’s a blast from the past. Here’s John Hennigan as a heel facing his former ‘friend’ and tag team partner Matt Cappotelli after Team Tough Enough had broken up. Let me know what your think. Personally, John is a natural born heel. His appearance in this, the attitude delivers what it should deliver. It makes the guys want to shut his mouth and the women swoon. I’ll let you be the judge. Take care.