John Hennigan

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John Randall Hennigan is a contestant from Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

A strong and likeable player, John found himself in the majority on the Goliath tribe. After the Tribe Switch, his Tiva tribe's dominance in Immunity Challenges kept him safe from Tribal Council. However, after the merge, John was blindsided in a chaotic Tribal Council during which two Hidden Immunity Idols were played.


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Age: 38
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Pro Wrestler
Hobbies: Parkour/MMA, writing, and surfing.
Pet peeves: Unsolicited advice. Delusional people.
Three words to describe you: Irreverent, ambitious, and optimistic.
What's your personal claim to fame? Pro wrestling fans around the world know John Hennigan as The Mayor Of Slamtown, Johnny Nitro, John Morrison, Johnny Mundo, Johnny Impact, the Shaman of Sexy, The Wednesday Night Delight... I've had more epic ring names than most wrestlers have had championships and in addition to those, plenty of other nicknames that aren't so nice. In addition to being a world famous pro wrestler, I starred in dozens of TV shows, such as GLOW on Netflix, and movies including the award-winning action comedy Boone: The Bounty Hunter, which I also wrote and produced.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My dad is the most authentic, charismatic, well-read human that I know. He has worked tirelessly to provide an amazing life for my sisters, my mother and I, he's the center of every conversation in which he engages, and always has time for family.
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? Three ab wheels... in case the first two break. It's important to not underestimate fitness on the island.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Mike Holloway with shades of Cochran—I plan to form alliances early and play a loyal game at first. Play strategically in challenges; dominate when necessary. If it seems strategically wise I'll dominate challenges, but I plan to have more tact than Mike when it comes to publicly putting my desire to win the game over the group's happiness because that kills trust within the group. The way Cochran was there for people as a "therapist" is similar to how Mike stood up to for Shirin, but Cochran seemed to have a more constant relationship with his group than Mike.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? I want to win and I want the money. I'm planning on buying a Corvette the size of a Hummer, but as fast as a Corvette. With some of my winnings.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? My daily life consists of physical training, building relationships, and positioning myself favorably in dozens of wrestling organizations worldwide. I currently consistently work for over 20 different wrestling promotions all over the world. Two years ago, I came to Triple A without speaking fluent Spanish and sat in a locker room full of prideful luchadores, some of whom had worked for that company for over 20 years. Less than one year later, I'm the first non-Mexican Triple Champion of Triple A because I positioned myself strategically within that organization, built a great relationship with the owner, and by kicking ass, like I kick ass in the ring my talent could not be overlooked. I am an English speaking Irish-American who grew up in Palos Verdes, and a multi-million dollar Mexican wrestling company decided that I am the best person to represent their brand. Everywhere I go the challenge is the same. I win because I understand how to play the game.[2]


John was initially placed on the Goliath tribe. During the marooning, the Goliaths selected John and Alison Raybould to participate in the opening Reward Challenge, though they lost to the David tribe's Christian Hubicki and Lyrsa Torres, as the stipulations of the challenge allowed for the Davids to pick the easier route to take. During his time on Goliath, John was recruited to a majority alliance with Alec Merlino, Angelina Keeley, Dan Rengering, Kara Kay, and Natalia Azoqa, though he privately expressed a desire to work with outsider Natalie Cole. John warned Natalie that she was rubbing the tribe the wrong way, but this just caused her to become more overbearing. When Goliath lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 9, John joined the tribe in unanimously voting out Jeremy Crawford.

When the Tribe Switch occurred the following day, John, along with Alison and Dan, were switched to the new Tiva tribe, along with former David members Christian and Gabby Pascuzzi. Over the next few days, John and Dan bonded with Christian, and the three formed a "brochacho" alliance. Tiva proved to be the most dominant of the three tribes, winning every Immunity Challenge the tribe competed in, allowing John to make it to the merge.

After the tribes merged into the Kalokalo tribe on Day 18, John regrouped with the former Goliaths. When Angelina suggested that Christian should be the first boot for being the biggest threat among the former Davids, John and the rest of the Goliaths shut down her idea, and preferred to go after former David Elizabeth Olson, whom they saw as the safe vote, eliminating her at the next Tribal Council. The next day, Mike White suggested to the other Goliaths that Christian needed to go next as he was too big of a threat to win, which John agreed on. Following the Immunity Challenge on Day 22, John was still on board with the plan, but felt somewhat guilty as he liked Christian. At Tribal Council, Davie Rickenbacker played his Hidden Immunity Idol on Christian, leading to Dan playing his idol on Angelina in response. The seven votes against Christian and two votes against Angelina were negated, and John was shockingly blindsided after it was revealed that the Davids split their votes between him and Angelina, becoming the second member of the jury

At the Final Tribal Council, John asked former David Nick Wilson and Mike to talk about how they outwitted. He voted for Nick to win who won in a 7-3-0 vote.

Voting History

John's Voting History
Episode John's
Voted Against
1 Goliath Tribe Immune
2 Goliath Tribe Immune
3 Jeremy -
4 Tiva Tribe Immune
5 Tiva Tribe Immune
6 Tiva Tribe Immune
7 Elizabeth -
8 Christian1 Christian,
Davie, Nick
Voted Out, Day 22
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "You Get What You Give", Davie used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Christian, negating John's vote against him.


  • John married his wife, Kira Forster, one month following the filming of David vs. Goliath.[3]


  • Survivor marks John's second appearance on reality television. He previously appeared on Tough Enough III, where he and the late Matt Capotelli won the season, in addition to a WWE contract.
  • John lost 11 lbs. during his time on David vs. Goliath.[4]


Survivor: David vs. Goliath Castaways
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