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WWE lets John Morrison return at less than 100%

John Morrison is taking a risky strategy by returning before his neck has fully healed.  (Photo via <a href="">Sgt. Ryan Twist</a>)
John Morrison is taking a risky strategy by returning before his neck has fully healed. (Photo via Sgt. Ryan Twist)

In a disappointing and perplexing turn of events, John Morrison has admitted in an interview with SLAM Wrestling's Bob Kapur that he's coming back from his recent neck surgery before he's 100% healed:

I'm coming back before I'm 100% healed.  With nerve injuries, it's really weird.  My doctor said that from (the week leading up to his return), I could be 100% healed in the next three weeks or the next year.   It's kind of a mysterious injury ... mysterious and provocative.  Which fits with me because that's kind of how I roll.

Disappointing, because neck injuries aren't to be messed with.  Perplexing, because how could this possibly happen under their current Wellness policy.  Morrison's neck surgery was performed by Dr. Joseph Maroon, WWE's medical director, which suggests that he must have given Morrison a green light to return, despite knowing that he isn't fully healthy yet.  Maroon shouldn't be in the business of tailoring his clearances to meet the wishes of the performer he is treating and the company he works for.  It sounds like Morrison, thinking short term, didn't want to miss the SummerSlam pay-per-view, which is usually the second or third biggest payoff in the WWE calendar year.  Moreover, before his injury he was getting the biggest singles push of his career and taking too much time off now would derail his momentum.  Morrison clearly realises this:

I was like, ‘I can't wait a year,' so I made the decision to come back -- and be careful -- but come back to doing what I love.

Surely it should be the company doctor's decision when he comes back, not his own?  I also think the only way to truly "be careful" is to take no bumps whatsoever on his damaged neck, which of course isn't going to happen.  I don't think Morrison, like Kurt Angle, understands the meaning of being careful, as he's vowed not to change his daredevil style, despite the neck problems that still plague him:

I thought about that, but I came to the conclusion that I don't want to change the way that I do things, because that's who I am.  That's the style that I developed my whole career, and it's not something I want to change.  I want to push myself to the limit and see if I can still hang with everything I've done in the past.  So far I've been able to without making any drastic changes.  I'm hoping over the next few months I'll recover.  I don't feel that I've lost a step, and I don't think that I'm going to.

Hopefully Morrison doesn't end up with a terrible painkiller addiction or problems with alcoholism by following in Angle's footsteps and working on a neck before it has been a 100% healed.

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