John Morrison and The Miz

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John Morrison and The Miz

Morrison (left) and The Miz (right) during the “Tribute to the Troops” tour in December 2008
Tag team
Members John Morrison
The Miz
Name(s) John Morrison and The Miz
Miz 'N' Morrison
Heights Morrison:
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Miz:
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Combined
weight
429 lb (195 kg)
Morrison:
209 lb (95 kg)
Miz:
220 lb (100 kg)
Former
member(s)
Nikki Bella (valet)
Debut November 16, 2007
Disbanded April 13, 2009
Promotions World Wrestling Entertainment

John Morrison and The Miz were a professional wrestling tag team and former WWE Tough Enough contestants. The team worked for World Wrestling Entertainment on its ECW brand, but also appeared on the SmackDown and Raw brands due to ECW's talent exchanges with those brands during their tenure as a team. The team had no official name, although they had been referred to as "The In Crowd" or "The Dirt Sheet Duo", after the name of their online webshow.

They first began teaming together in 2007. John Morrison and The Miz became partners as a result of winning the WWE Tag Team Championship and making the title exclusive to the ECW brand, for a brief time. They eventually dropped the title in July 2008. During their title reign, Morrison and The Miz developed a gimmick that resulted in the duo being given their own webshow, The Dirt Sheet, and their own in-ring interview segment of the same name on ECW. In December 2008 they won the Slammy Award in the category for Tag Team of the Year and won the World Tag Team Championship. The team split in April 2009, after the Miz was drafted to the Raw brand and Morrison was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 WWE Draft.[1]

History[edit]

Formation and WWE Tag Team Champions[edit]

Before they formed a partnership, John Morrison and The Miz were opponents, competing for the ECW Championship in October.[2][3][4][5] On the November 16, 2007 episode of SmackDown!, then-rivals Morrison and The Miz were paired together to face Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) in a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, which they subsequently won after MVP turned on Hardy.[6][7] After winning the title, Morrison and The Miz brought the title to the ECW brand. Soon after winning the WWE Tag Team Championship, the two were no longer portrayed as enemies, but rather as trusting friends. They would defend the title on numerous occasions on both ECW and SmackDown as well as multiple pay-per-views against opponents like Shannon Moore and Jimmy Wang Yang,[8][9] Jesse and Festus,[10] and Tommy Dreamer and Colin Delaney.[11][12] The team's gimmick was further expanded upon when they were given a show on WWE.com called The Dirt Sheet. During the sixth annual WWE Draft on June 23, 2008, on Monday Night Raw, the duo defeated the Hardys (Matt and Jeff) which earned ECW its only draft pick, which turned out to be Matt Hardy.[13] At the Great American Bash in July, Morrison and The Miz lost the title in a four team tag match to Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder; however, neither The Miz nor Morrison were pinned during the match.[14][15]

Various feuds[edit]

After losing the tag team titles, Morrison and The Miz entered a feud with ECW newcomers Evan Bourne and Ricky Ortiz, who they had previously mocked (and continued to do so) on the Dirt Sheet.[16][17] They also had an Internet-centered feud with Raw's Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) based on which WWE.com online show was better: the Dirt Sheet or Cryme Tyme's Word Up.[18][19][20][21] Morrison and The Miz won a match between the two teams at Cyber Sunday, which was voted for by fans over a World Tag Team Championship match.[22]

Throughout October, the team mocked D-Generation X (DX) (Triple H and Shawn Michaels), using phrases such as "Are you 50?" instead of DX's usual catchphrase "Are you Ready?" to mock their ages due to DX being formed in 1997, when both Morrison and Miz were in high school.[23][24][25][26] On the October 28 episode of ECW, their feud with DX continued as they mocked them after a live Dirt Sheet and then proceeded to attack two impostors playing Michaels and Triple H.[25] On the 800th episode celebration of Raw, Morrison and The Miz competed in a match against DX, and were defeated.[26] During the match, they mocked DX's signature moves, with Morrison successfully performing a superkick (mocking Michaels' Sweet Chin Music) on Triple H as well as The Miz attempting a Pedigree on Triple H.[26] Following their feud with DX, they continued to feud with Cryme Tyme.[27] Morrison and The Miz were part of John "Bradshaw" Layfield's team at the annual Survivor Series but they lost to the team of Shawn Michaels.[28][29]

Slammy Award winners, World Tag Team Champions and split[edit]

On the December 8 episode of Raw, Morrison and The Miz won the 2008 Slammy Award for Tag Team of the Year and also for the Best WWE.com exclusive, for their show, The Dirt Sheet.[30][31] On December 13, at a house show in Hamilton, Ontario, Morrison and The Miz won the World Tag Team Championship for the first time, defeating Kofi Kingston and CM Punk.[32] In a dark match at WrestleMania XXV, Morrison and the Miz lost the World Tag Team title to The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) in a Lumberjack match to unify the World Tag Team and the WWE Tag Team Championships.[33] On the April 13 episode of Raw, The Miz lost a match to Kofi Kingston after Morrison accidentally got Miz disqualified, which gave Raw a draft pick in the 2009 WWE Draft. The pick was then revealed to be The Miz, and he subsequently attacked Morrison, ending their partnership. Which, turned Morrison face[1] Two days later on April 15, Morrison was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft.[34]

Feud[edit]

In October 2009, WWE premiered a new pay-per-view event based around inter-brand matches. At the time, The Miz was the second-tier champion on Raw after winning the United States Champion and was subsequently booked against SmackDown's Intercontinental Champion, John Morrison.[35] In the build up to their first match since splitting, the two hosted a one-off edition of The Dirt Sheet on the October 16 episode of SmackDown where the two compared themselves to '80s tag team The Rockers, debating over which is more comparable to the successful Shawn Michaels and which was the less successful Marty Jannetty.[36] At Bragging Rights, Miz pinned Morrison to become the only member of the Raw roster to win an interpromotional match.[37] The following month at Survivor Series, Miz captained a team of five wrestlers against Team Morrison in a five-on-five Survivor Series elimination match and once again bested his former partner.[38] At the Tribute to the Troops in December, Miz rolled up Morrison for the win in a singles match. The two had another match the following March, when John Morrison and his new partner R-Truth challenged for the Unified Tag Team Championships held by The Miz and the Big Show. Morrison was finally able to defeat The Miz in a singles match, however Morrison could not pick up the victory for the titles at WrestleMania XXVI.[39]Miz and Morrison briefly united at Bragging Rights (2010) in Team Raw to a losing effort to Team Smackdown. Miz defeated Morrison in a singles match on the second season of NXT.

Soon after, Miz continued his ascendency and won the WWE Championship. On the January 3, 2011 episode of Raw Miz retained his title in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Morrison had a further chance to win the title at April's Extreme Rules, in a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match but John Cena was triumphant. Later that year in November, Miz and Morrison had one final Falls Count Anywhere match during which Miz was scripted to give Morrison a severe injury which was used to write Morrison off WWE television as his contract had expired.

In wrestling[edit]

Morrison and The Miz as WWE Tag Team Champions during their ring entrance.
  • Nicknames
    • "The (self–proclaimed) Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century"
    • "The Dirt Sheet Duo"
    • "The In Crowd"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Ain't No Make Believe" by Stonefree Experience[40] (This is also Morrison's theme in singles competition)

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

The Miz (left) and Morrison (right) with the World Tag Team Championship and Slammy Awards.

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