MVP maintains possession of the star-spangled prize. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
In August 2006, Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP for short) made his WWE debut on SmackDown. It was a well-known fact that he was (in storyline) the highest paid Superstar on the blue brand, going undefeated in singles action for the remainder of the year.
With momentum on his side, MVP challenged Chris Benoit for the United States Championship at WrestleMania 23, but to no avail. MVP suffered another loss to Benoit at Backlash before finally capturing the star-spangled prize in an excellent two-of-three falls match at Judgement Day.
From that point forward, MVP embarked on what is still to this day the longest United States Championship reign in WWE history. During his tenure with the title, MVP had a long running rivalry with Matt Hardy, challenging him to all sorts of contests for the remainder of the year.
He and Hardy put their differences aside that fall to win the WWE Tag Team Championships together. They maintained possession of the straps for two months before dropping the gold to John Morrison and The Miz in November.
Their feud resumed the following April upon Hardy's return to the ring. MVP came up short of reaching the year mark as champion, as he lost the title to Hardy at the Backlash pay-per-view.
One year later, MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin on the March 20 edition of SmackDown to regain the gold. He reigned as champ for 76 days before dropping the strap to Kofi Kingston that June.
Although the U.S. title never elevated MVP to main event status, he was involved in top-tier feuds with Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Big Show and others on Raw and SmackDown, respectively. Furthermore, his record-setting reign and entertaining programs with the likes of Hardy and Benjamin made him the greatest U.S. Champion in WWE history.
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