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Updated: WWE Star John Morrison Injured, Will Miss Time

John Morrison is reportedly injuredWWE superstar John Morrison is hurt and will miss time. Morrison confirmed on Twitter that he will need neck surgery. Morrison will miss 4-6 weeks, stalling the biggest push of his career.

If there is one WWE superstar right now that can’t afford an injury it is likely John Morrison. While it is never a good time to get hurt, the timing couldn’t be any worse for Morrison. After more than 8 years on the WWE roster, Morrison is receiving the push of his WWE tenure due to a lot of intangibles. Unfortunately the time off would allow someone else to take advantage of those intangibles and leap frog Morrison on the depth chart, once again pushing Morrison back to mid-card status for life. Although a four week turnaround would probably keep his spot safe.

Dave Meltzer broke the news on his Sunday evening podcast about Morrison. Meltzer says that it is unclear as to whether it is Morrison’s neck or shoulder that is hurt. According to the report, a shoulder injury may not keep Morrison out of the ring at all. A neck injury would sideline him for months. It has since been confirmed that it is Morrison’s neck in need of surgery.

Some may call it karma for the Tough Enough winner although I think that is a little harsh. The karma comes from Morrison’s WrestleMania 27 charade and the controversy surrounding it. Morrison was uncooperative with tag team partner Trish Stratus in and out of the ring in regards to their mixed-tag team match. Morrison wound up in the dog house with management and the locker room after the incident to the point that Edge can be seen visibly snubbing Morrison a few weeks later when Morrison went to shake his hand after Edge retired ( a video which the WWE published and later removed from You Tube). Ironically if not for Edge retiring, Morrison would probably still be in that dog house.

Once Edge retired the entire WWE roster on both SmackDown and RAW was reshuffled. Within a week Morrison went from bottom-mid card to getting the main-event slot at Extreme Rules 2011. The Triple Threat Steel Cage Match was Morrison’s first-ever WWE pay per view main-event match and he made it count. Most fans would agree that Morrison was the star of the match and looked like he was on the way to big things with that kind of performance.

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The injury also may explain the angle from last week’s WWE RAW show with Morrison and R-Truth. Truth laid out Morrison once again last Monday night. The only difference being that after the attack, Morrison was selling his neck pretty good. As Morrison was walking back to the dressing room he was moving his hand and holding his shoulder as if he had a serious neck injury. I would suspect that this will be used to explain Morrison’s absence.

The WWE isn’t going to wait for Morrison to get better. Someone on the RAW roster will be given the opportunity to step up and take Morrison’s spot as second from the top babyface. The likely superstar to move up would (and should) be Kofi Kingston. Although the WWE could play it smart and move an established star into that spot, elevating Rey Mysterio to second babyface from the top. Maybe even Triple H comes back for a short time to fill in the roster?

John Morrison confirmed the news on his Twitter account today. Morrison tweeted – “I’m about to get an operation to fix my neck.”

Update: WWE.com reports that the surgery was successful and Morrison will only miss 4-6 weeks. “This is considered minimally invasive surgery,” said Dr. Christopher Amann. “Unlike other procedures, such as those undergone by John Cena and Edge, the typical recovery time is four to six weeks.”

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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