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John Morrison: Miz Mentoring Danielson, End Of ECW!


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John Morrison did an interview with IGN.com recently and talked about some very interesting points:


On the lack of his early matches on the DVD: The usual Superstars DVD release is a 3-disc career retrospective and they wanted to try a new format. It's a one-disc engaging thing that someone can watch all in one sitting. I think they decided to have me be the experiment/prototype for it to see how the format would do. To see if it could be interesting or if it's going to sell. I think that was the thought behind it.


On how the matches were picked: It was collaboration. They had a list of matches. I went back and forth. The one in particular that I really had to lobby for is the opening match of the DVD, which is me vs. CM Punk. I had a lot of matches with CM Punk back in ECW when I was ECW Champion and they were pitching SummerSlam and a couple of other ones. They wanted to start the DVD with me as the ECW champion, winning. The match on the DVD though is the one where I lose the title to CM Punk in Cincinnati. I just thought it was by far the best match of the "me and CM Punk" feud from the ECW–era. So I fought really hard to get that on the DVD so I'm glad they went with it.


On whether he chose the non-match segments: Yeah. Specifically all the Parkour stuff was really my idea. I don't think anyone in the WWE really knew that I did Parkour. I mean some of the guys have seen me doing it backstage in arenas before and have always asked about it, but the office didn't know.


On the end of ECW: I think it's the end of an era. But the ECW that people fell in love with in the late '90s has been gone for a while already. What I think ECW presented was a big opportunity for a lot of WWE superstars. Definitely me. It revitalized my entire career when I moved to ECW. I became the ECW champion, and it's when I started tagging with The Miz. CM Punk debuted on ECW. That's where he started also. So I think it's going to be sad to see it go. But the show that's replacing it, the NXT show – I think hopefully it's going to do the same thing for a lot of people. It's going to give a lot of people an opportunity. I can't remember everyone on there, but I know that Bryan Danielson is on there. He's going to be one of the new guys on the show. So I hope it will give people the chance to make it big in WWE just like ECW did.


On Miz mentoring Daniel Bryan: Yeah, when I saw that, I was at the ECW taping, and I actually saw Miz. He didn't know either until he saw the graphic on the screen. That he was the "Pro" and Bryan Danielson was the student. I walked by and said, "Pssh, he knows more that you do." And that's pretty much what everyone thinks. It's gonna be interesting and I think that's the point of it.


You can check out the full interview at http://tv.ign.com/articles/107/1070364p1.html

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