Wrestling looks to have lost another star to Hollywood.
Over at his official Twitter account, former WWE Superstar Montel Vontavious Porter (more commonly known as MVP) has revealed he is taking a sabbatical from the wrestling business to concentrate on a potential career in the entertainment industry.
Addressing his fans, the star posted earlier today that he intended to take a break to work on a television project but would surely return to wrestling at some point in the future:
I'm currently working on a TV project with Lionsgate TV. I'll release more details soon. But right now I'm not affiliated with ANY company.2/26/2013, 4:27:15 PM
I WILL return to wrestling eventually. The door is open for a return to WWE, NJPW & even TNA. However my focus now is developing my TV show.2/26/2013, 4:29:36 PM
Porter declined to go into details about his upcoming television show but did note to fans that it has "nothing to do with wrestling."
So, what is it?
Notably, the star has acted before in 2010 comedy film MacGruber, so it could be an action series, which his background in wrestling would make him perfect for. It could also be a reality show, a genre that various wrestlers (including Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin) have dabbled in before.
The company Porter is working on this mysterious project with, Lionsgate TV, is a branch of famous film company Lions Gate Entertainment.
It's carved out an impressive resume in the TV world, with hits like Mad Men, Anger Management and Nashville under its belt. Porter is undoubtedly working with some good people.
Perhaps WWE fans shouldn't be too surprised Porter has decided on a career change.
After all, he's no spring chicken (he turns 40 in October), and it remains to be seen how long he can continue wrestling full-time.
Besides, what are his options in the business?
Having achieved great success there, he may have done everything he can possibly do in New Japan. TNA, with its booking problems and aimless direction, isn't truly an option. And if WWE were going to bring him back, they surely would have by now (he left in 2010).