REAL NAME: John Hennigan
6' 1", 204 pounds
BORN: October 3, 1979 in Los Angeles, California
NICKNAMES: Johnny Blaze, Johnny Spade, Johnny Nitro, John Morrison
Johnny Nitro has been a Tough Enough champion and Eric Bischoff's assistant, but his career got a major boost when he was teamed with Joey Mercury and Melina as MNM, a team that has two WWE tag team titles reigns to their credit.
A former film major, John Hennigan first came to WWE's attention when he took part in Tough Enough III in 2002, a contest where he was named co-winner with fellow participant Matt Cappotelli. After defeating Shannon Moore at a live event, he joined Cappotelli in Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he received more training for the ring.
Although he did take part in the APA Barroom Brawl at Vengeance, he continued to team with Cappotelli in Ohio Valley and, in a loss to Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak, on WWE Heat in January 2004.
Hannigan would begin making appearances on Raw in March 2004, showing up as Eric Bischoff's apprentice and billed as Johnny Blaze and Spade before finally settling on Johnny Nitro. Johnny Nitro served as a special, if biased, referee on Raw. However, the run as referee and, indeed, Johnny Nitro's run as Bischoff's assistant on Raw, came to an end in June 2004 when Nitro was defeated by Eugene and, according to the pre-match stipulation, Nitro was fired.
Although he still appeared in dark matches on Raw, Johnny Nitro was soon headed back to Ohio Valley, where he began teaming with Joey Mercury. The team, then known as MNM, had Melina Perez as their manager. Almost immediately they found success, defeating the Dudley Boyz in one of their first matches together. They would also battle Matt Cappotelli and Johnny Jeter on several occassions, and hold the OVW Southern Tag Team titles from November 10, 2004 to January 19, 2005.
In April 2005, MNM made their first televised appearance in WWE, attacking Rey Mysterio during a segment of Carlito's Cabana. A week later, they challenged Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero and won the WWE Smackdown Tag Team titles, then retained them against Guerrero/Mysterio, Hardcore Holly/Charlie Haas and other teams. Their first tag title reign came to an end on July 24th at the Great American Bash when they were defeated by Heidenreich and Road Warrior Animal.
After a short feud with Chris Benoit and Booker T, MNM turned their attentions towards regaining the titles. After chasing the L.O.D. for the remainder of the summer and fall, MNM won a four-team match (which included the Mexicools, LOD, and William Regal/Paul Burchill) to regain the tag team titles.
It appeared that MNM were headed towards a showdown against the Mexicools at Armaggedon in defence of those titles, but just days before the pay-per-view, MNM were dethroned by Rey Mysterio and Batista.MNM would regain the tag team titles on January 6, 2006, thanks to Mark Henry.
At the 2006 Royal Rumble, Nitro entered at No. 16, but was eliminated by Shawn Michaels. In a non-title match at No Way Out, MNM fell to Tatanka and Matt Hardy. Three months later at Judgment Day, MNM's title reign ended at the hands of Paul London and Brian Kendrick. After the match, Nitro and Melina turned on Mercury and SmackDiwn general manager Theodore Long fired both Nitro and Melina, who went to Raw.
Nitro's first Raw match was in a non-title match as he lost by submission to John Cena on May 29. On June 25, Nitro tasted individual gold for the first time as he won the Intercontinental title from Shelton Benjamin in a Triple Threat Match that also included Carlito. Nitro's reign lasted until October 2 when he lost the strap to Jeff Hardy, only to regain the gold November 6 (after beating Carlito at Cyber Sunday the night before) and drop it back to Hardy the following week.
Nitro was on the losing Team RKO team (against Team DX) at the 2006 Survivor Series before he and Melina brought back Mercury for a program with The Hardys. At ECW's December To Dismember, the Hardys beat MNM in a thrilling 30-minute opening match and then at Armageddon in a Fatal Four Way, Mercury had his nose broken after the Hardys botched a move with the ladders. Nitro lost to The Undertaker in Iraq for WWE's annual Tribute to the Troops show that aired Christmas night.
Nitro and Melina began cutting promos with and about Kevin Federline, but that would prove to be short-lived. Jeff Hardy defeated Nitro in a cage to retain the Intercontinental title at New Year's Revolution this past January and then the Hardys defeated MNM at the Royal Rumble. Later on that night, Nitro entered the Royal Rumble match at No. 20, but was tossed out by Benoit.
CM Punk defeated Nitro in a Money In The Bank qualifying match for WrestleMania 23 on February 23 on Nitro's first ECW appearance. A month later, Nitro was in the Last Chance Battle Royal on Raw, a match won by Edge.
Nitro and The Miz teamed up in the tag team battle royal on April 2. The Hardys won the match and were crowned new WWE tag champs after Cena and Michaels split up. Nitro then tagged briefly with Kenny Dykstra.
On the June 11 WWE Draft Special, Nitro participated in the main event battle royal that Randy Orton won. The next Sunday, Nitro was drafted to ECW via the supplemental draft. In his debut June 19, Nitro defeated Nunzio.
Five days later, Nitro replaced Benoit at Vengeance and beat Punk for the vacant ECW championship. Two days later, Nitro and Cena opened ECW with a "champion vs. champion" match Cena won by submission.
Recently, on July 17, Nitro appeared as a Doors rip-off wrestler named John Morrison, foregoing his Johnny Nitro gimmick for a rock star-type schtick and utilizing a new corkscrew neckbreaker finisher.
With the name change, Morrison topped Punk at The Great American Bash on July 22 to keep the ECW title and also retained against Punk at SummerSlam on Aug. 26.
However, Morrison's name surfaced in the Signature Pharmacy reports the week after SummerSlam and in Cincinnati on Sept. 1 at an ECW TV taping, Punk defeated Morrison for the ECW championship.
His apparent suspension served, Morrison returned to ECW on Oct. 9 and defeated Punk in a non-title match. He is now one of three wrestlers the fans can pick to face Punk at Cyber Sunday on Oct. 28. The Miz and Big Daddy V are the others.
--- compiled by John M. Milner and Matt Mackinder
JOHN MORRISON / JOHNNY NITRO STORIES
August 19, 2011: John Morrison wants whole Truth
August 10, 2011: More to John Morrison than the name
August 1, 2011: John Morrison anxious to face R-Truth
February 20, 2010: 'John Morrison is me with the volume turned up'
February 18, 2010: Morrison talks Rock Star
February 16, 2010: Morrison DVD delivers highlight bouts and interesting insight
February 4, 2010: John Morrison looks back at his early days
January 29, 2010: Morrison sees Rumble as a golden opportunity
October 24, 2009: It's cool to be John Morrison
September 13, 2009: Montreal rocks along with Melina and John Morrison
August 25, 2007: Morrison loves the mirror
Mar. 27, 2007: Johnny Nitro arrives to kickstart WrestleMania
Aug. 20, 2006: Nitro making impact in WWE
Aug. 19, 2006: Nitro asked to predict SummerSlam winners
JOHN MORRISON / JOHNNY NITRO PHOTO GALLERIES
Melina, Maria, Punk & Morrison in Toronto August 23, 2007
Johnny Nitro appearance March 27, 2007, in Windsor, ON