Starship Pain, The Moonlight Drive
Intercontinental Champion; ECW Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion
John Morrison endured a personal evolution of sorts after capturing the vacated ECW Championship at Vengeance: Night of Champions in 2007. The Superstar that had formerly been known as Johnny Nitro officially renamed himself John Morrison, his given birth name, on the historic July 17, 2007, edition of ECW. The transformation came when Morrison realized that winning the Extreme title represented the peak of his fame to date, and allowed him to "be himself" from that point forward.
Shortly thereafter, Morrison found unexpected success alongside another brazen, rising star in the Land of the Extreme, The Miz. The Shaman of Sexy's vanity quickly reached new heights, much like his WWE career.
And Morrison has good reason to be confident. He has never been too far away from gold since his debut in 2005, capturing tag team gold as well as the Intercontinental Championship. The Shaman of Sexy was ultimately drafted to ECW during the 2007 Supplemental Draft on WWE.com, and his career was given new life. As the world can now see, Morrison took full advantage of his Extreme home.
Alongside The Miz, John Morrison secured the WWE Tag Team Championship on SmackDown territory following the unique talent exchange arrangement between SmackDown and ECW managing officials. They later held the World Tag Team Championships, and nearly became the Unified Tag Team Champions, making their Superstar alliance one of the great tag teams in recent memory. The dynamic duo achieved even greater success with their hit WWE.com Exclusive show “The Dirt Sheet,” which not only produced some of the funniest moments in the history of the site, but also helped to make them into Slammy Award winners.
When the 2009 WWE Draft brought this “bro-mance” to an abrupt end, Morrison headed to SmackDown, where he has quickly begun making an even bigger impact than ever before. In perhaps the biggest match of his career, Morrison dethroned Rey Mysterio on SmackDown on Sept. 4 to begin a two month reign as Intercontinental Champion.