- Name: Johnny Nitro
- Real Name: John Hennigan
- Date of Birth: October 3, 1979
- Hometown: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
- Height: 6'0
- Weight: 215 pounds
- WWE Debut: March 1, 2004
- Finishers: Snapshot, Nitro Blast
- Career Highlights: 1-time ECW World Champion, 2-time WWE Intercontinental Champion, 3-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Joey Mercury)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Tag Team of the Year Award for MNM with Joey Mercury (2005)
Supported by his girlfriend Melina, the charming and smart Johnny Nitro was a great competitor. Although he usually used cheating tactics to win his matches, he was a great competitor in the ring and could use unpredictable high-flying offense to his advantage. He dominated the tag team division on WWE's SmackDown! brand with Joey Mercury as MNM in 2005 and had excellent rivalries with some of Raw brand's best competitors in 2006. In 2007, Nitro dominated the Land of the Extreme by winning the ECW World Championship. During this time, Nitro's tenure came to an end as he rechristened himself as John Morrison.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2004 - 2007)
A former winner of Tough Enough III, John Hennigan competed in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) throughout 2003 and made his World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) debut on March 1, 2004 edition of Raw as a heel under the ring name Johnny Blaze. He became a member of the Raw brand and was introduced as the Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff's assistant. The following week, on March 8 edition of Raw, his ring name was changed to Johnny Spade. On March 29 edition of Raw, his ring name was finalized as Johnny Nitro, based on World Championship Wrestling's (WCW) television program Monday Nitro. He used Monday Nitro's theme as his entrance theme.
Nitro continued to support Eric Bischoff in screwing Raw's babyface wrestlers. On June 7 edition of Raw, Nitro competed in his first match against Bischoff's mentally challenged nephew Eugene. Nitro lost to Eugene. As a result of losing, Nitro lost his job as Bischoff's apprentice and was fired.
SmackDown! (2005 - 2006)
After spending one more year in Ohio Valley Wrestling, Nitro finally made his debut as a WWE Superstar on April 14, 2005 edition of SmackDown!, with Joey Mercury and Melina as a group called MNM, with Mercury and Nitro as a tag team. MNM debuted during Carlito's interview segment Carlito's Cabana and attacked Carlito's guest Rey Mysterio, thus becoming heels. The following week, on April 21 (taped April 18) edition of SmackDown!, Mercury and Nitro pulled out a huge upset victory in their first match by defeating Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team Championship, thus establishing themselves as SmackDown's top tag team in their very first match.
At Judgment Day, MNM successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Hardcore Holly and Charlie Haas. On May 26 edition of SmackDown!, MNM retained the championship against Holly and Haas in a rematch through intentional disqualification. Later that night, Nitro participated in the Winner's Choice Battle Royal. He was eliminated by Basham Brothers. Kurt Angle won the Battle Royal. On June 2 edition of SmackDown!, MNM defeated Hardcore Holly and Charlie Haas in a 15-minute Iron Man match to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.
At The Great American Bash, MNM lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Legion of Doom. MNM's reign ended at 97 days. As a result, MNM began a rivalry with Legion of Doom. On September 9 edition of SmackDown!, MNM unsuccessfully challenged Legion of Doom after Animal knocked Mercury with the championship belt as Melina distracted the referee. The following week, on September 16 edition of SmackDown!, Legion of Doom defeated MNM by disqualification to retain the championship. At No Mercy, the entire MNM lost to Legion of Doom and Christy Hemme. On October 28 (taped October 25) edition of SmackDown!, Joey Mercury and Nitro defeated Legion of Doom, William Regal and Paul Burchill and The Mexicools in a Fatal Four-Way match to win their second WWE Tag Team Championship after interference by The Dicks.
On December 16 (taped December 13) edition of SmackDown!, MNM lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Batista and Rey Mysterio after Melina's interference backfired. MNM's reign ended at 49 days. At Armageddon, MNM defeated The Mexicools. On December 30 (taped December 27) edition of SmackDown!, MNM defeated Batista and Rey Mysterio to win their third WWE Tag Team Championship after Mark Henry delivered a World's Strongest Slam to Batista. On January 6, 2006 edition of SmackDown!, MNM successfully defended the championship against Batista and Mysterio in a Steel Cage match after Henry attacked Batista and Mysterio.
On January 13 edition of SmackDown!, Nitro participated in a Battle Royal for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship. Nitro was eliminated by Rey Mysterio. Kurt Angle won the Battle Royal. At Royal Rumble, Nitro participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the #16 entrant. He lasted twenty-five minutes until he was eliminated by Shawn Michaels. Rey Mysterio went on to win the 2006 Royal Rumble.
MNM became proud and cocky of their WWE Tag Team Championship reign and began issuing open challenges to tag teams to defeat them in non-title matches and earn a championship match. At No Way Out, MNM lost to Matt Hardy and Tatanka. On February 24 edition of SmackDown!, MNM successfully defended the championship against Hardy and Tatanka after Melina interfered. On March 24 edition of SmackDown!, Nitro participated in a Battle Royal to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match. He was eliminated by Bobby Lashley for the victory.
On April 7 edition of SmackDown!, Paul London and Brian Kendrick defeated MNM to earn a WWE Tag Team Championship opportunity. At Judgment Day, MNM lost the championship to London and Kendrick after some miscue between Joey Mercury and Nitro. MNM's reign ended at 145 days. After the championship loss, Nitro and Melina turned on Mercury by blaming him for the loss and attacking him. This ended MNM. Later that night, Nitro and Melina misbehaved with the SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long by shouting loudly and Long responded by firing them. As a result, Nitro and Melina moved to the Raw brand.
Raw (2006 - 2007)
After moving to the Raw brand, Nitro began competing as a singles competitor along with his girlfriend Melina. At Vengeance, Nitro defeated Shelton Benjamin and Carlito in a Triple Threat match to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. At Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIII, Nitro and Melina lost to Carlito and Trish Stratus. On July 31 edition of Raw, Nitro successfully defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Shelton Benjamin and Carlito in a Triple Threat match.
On September 4 edition of Raw, Nitro began a rivalry with Jeff Hardy. At Unforgiven, Nitro successfully defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Hardy after assistance by Melina. On October 2 edition of Raw, Nitro lost the championship to Hardy in a rematch. Nitro's reign ended at 99 days. On October 16 edition of Raw, Nitro and Melina introduced rapper Kevin Federline in WWE, thus beginning a rivalry between John Cena and Federline.
On November 6 edition of Raw, Nitro defeated Jeff Hardy in a No Disqualification match to win his second WWE Intercontinental Championship after a distraction by Melina, after the Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff restarted the match as Hardy had retained the championship by disqualification. The following week, on November 13 edition of Raw, Nitro lost the championship to Hardy. Nitro's reign ended at 7 days. On November 20 edition of Raw, Nitro unsuccessfully challenged Hardy in a Ladder match for the championship. At Survivor Series, Nitro was on Rated-RKO's Team Rated-RKO, consisting of Gregory Helms and Mike Knox, against D-Generation X's Team DX, consisting of CM Punk and The Hardys, in a Survivor Series match. Team DX won. The entire Team DX survived the match.
On November 27 edition of Raw, Nitro and Melina reunited with Joey Mercury to reform MNM and began feuding with The Hardys. At December to Dismember, MNM lost to Hardys. At Armageddon, MNM competed against Paul London and Brian Kendrick, The Hardys and William Regal and Dave Taylor in a Fatal Four-Way Ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship. London and Kendrick retained the championship. During the match, Joey Mercury's face was injured when a ladder thrown by Jeff Hardy collided in his face. On December 18 edition of Raw, Nitro participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. He was eliminated by Shawn Michaels. Edge won the Battle Royal.
MNM's rivalry with The Hardys developed into an emotional rivalry. Entering 2007, Nitro unsuccessfully challenged Jeff Hardy for the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Steel Cage match at New Year's Revolution. At Royal Rumble, MNM lost to Hardys. Later that night, Nitro participated in the 2007 Royal Rumble match as the #20 entrant. He lasted six minutes until he was eliminated by Chris Benoit. Undertaker went on to win the Royal Rumble. At No Way Out, MNM teamed with Montel Vontavious Porter in a losing effort against Chris Benoit and The Hardys.
On March 19 edition of Raw, Nitro participated in a Battle Royal to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match. He was eliminated by Carlito. Edge won the Battle Royal. Melina began pursuing the WWE Women's Championship and Joey Mercury left WWE, thus breaking up MNM. Nitro began focusing on his career. On April 2 edition of Raw, Nitro teamed with The Miz as they participated in a Battle Royal for the World Tag Team Championship. They were eliminated by John Cena and Shawn Michaels. The Hardys won the Battle Royal.
Nitro formed a tag team with Kenny Dykstra but the team went unsuccessful and Nitro's career went on a slump. On June 11 edition of Raw, Nitro participated in a Draft Pick Battle Royal. He was on Team Raw, consisting of Randy Orton, Viscera, Eugene and Kenny Dykstra. Nitro was eliminated by eventual winner Orton. Nitro was drafted to the ECW brand in the Supplemental Draft on June 17.
Nitro made a mark by entering the Land of the Extreme. At Vengeance: Night of Champions, Nitro replaced Chris Benoit to compete against CM Punk for the vacated ECW World Championship. Nitro defeated Punk to win the championship and become the new top star of ECW. On July 17 edition of ECW, Nitro's career took off when he changed his ring name to John Morrison and his gimmick had a great change as he was more improved and better. This marked the end of his Johnny Nitro gimmick and the beginning of John Morrison.
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