John Henningan is an American professional wrestler known for his time in WWE as John Morrison. He is also an actor and has starred in many films. He is known for his high-flying athleticism and his parkour style. And for his alliance with The Miz during his Mid-Card run in WWE. He currently performs on AEW under the name Johnny Elite.
John Hennigan was born on October 3, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Palos Verdes Peninsula. He graduated from the University of California in 2002. He studied Film and Geology. He has also acted in many films. John Hennigan was married to Kira Forster aka. Franky Monet in 2018.
Professional Wrestling Career
John Morrison broke into the WWE as the winner of Tough Enough III, a reality-based competition. During his WWE run, Morrison debuted under the ring name Johny Nitro and was involved in Tag team division. Soon he joined hands with Melina and Joey Mercury to form the MNM faction. John Morrison would win the Tag Team Championship 3 times. They won their first Tag team titles against Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio. Later the faction got split from Joey and he along with Melina moved to RAW. Nitro then began to have singles matches and was involved in the Intercontinental title picture. He defeated Shelton Benjamin and began his first reign in WWE. Johhny Nitro then won the Intercontinental Championship on two different occasions.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)
Johnny Nitro made his debut in 2007. He defeated CM Punk to win the vacant ECW World Championship in 2007. Soon he was repackaged as John Morrison in the ECW brand.
Return to Main Division
Morrison then started to team with Miz. The team of Morrison and Miz had many successful title defenses over the next few months. They also had a feud with Cryme Tyme. Miz and Morrison won the tag team championships against CM Punk and Kofi Kingston. After that, went on to defeat Rey Mysterio to become the Intercontinental Champion for the third time. On April 26, he returned to RAW and he was involved in a feud with Sheamus after helping Santino Marella. He also defeated Sheamus at one point to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship. John Morrison's push unfortunately didn't succeed. He was later written off from WWE after a Falls Count Anywhere match with The Miz.
He would find even more success outside WWE, becoming one of the central characters in Lucha Underground. He is a part of the Worldwide Underground faction alongside PJ Black and Jack Evans.
John Morrison would also make a name for himself in Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. He wrestled under the ring name Mundo. He had a good run with the company. On March 19, 2017, at Rey de Reyes PPV Mundo defeated El Texano Jr. and El Hijo del Fantasma in a three-way match to not only retain the Latin American Championship but also win Texano's AAA Mega Championship and Fantasma's AAA World Cruiserweight Championship. As a wrestler in the company, he’s held a variety of titles, namely the AAA Mega Championship, AAA Latin American Championship, and the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship. He would leave the company on bad terms owing to differences with Vampiro.
John Morrison came to Impact Wrestling as Johnny Impact and was positioned as a top star from the word go. Johnny Impact after entering the promotion has his first feud against Eli Drake. Impact also faced Eli Drake at the Bound of Glory. After in pursuit of the title he would defeat Austin Aries to become the Impact World Champion at Bound For Glory 2018. John Morrison has also made a name for himself outside the world of professional wrestling by appearing in the hit reality show- Survivor.
Return to WWE
In January 2020, John Hennigan made his WWE return to WWE. He joined with his old partner The Miz on SmackDown. After joining the alliance with Miz they had matches with The New Day faction who were the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. They won their SmackDown Tag Titles after 11 years at the WWE Supershowdown in February 2020.
Source - WWE
Even they successfully defended the title inside the bone-crushing Elimination Chamber match. Later the duo had a feud with Braun Strowman. Morrison also on December 2020, episode of RAW defeated Sheamus and Drew McIntyre after joining hands with AJ Styles and The Miz in a 3-on-2 Handicap match. John Morrison competed in the Royal Rumble 2021, he lasted for eight minutes but was eliminated by Damian Priest. At Wrestlemania 37, the duo faced Bad Bunny and Damian Priest but was defeated. After Miz suffering from an Injury, Morrison embarked on a singles run he also defeated Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton. On November 18, 2021, he was released from his WWE contract.
Hennigan made a surprise appearance at Owen Hart Foundation Tournament's Semi-Final as Joker under the name Johnny Elite. He faced Samoa Joe in a losing effort.