WWE: The Sinking Career of MVP

Eddie BurkeContributor IMay 14, 2010

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  MVP during the WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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When MVP first arrived in the WWE in 2006, he was the flashy, arrogant, coward who people wandered how he managed to end up in the WWE. Without even wrestling people showed there dislike towards him. At that time on Smackdown, there were a lot of people who were signed by the WWE who were predicted to be released in the next couple of months (Tatanka, Gymini, Vito) and MVP was put into that pile.

At No Mercy, MVP would make his debut against a jobber known as Marty Garner. People clearly did not see anything special in MVP and considered him the flavor of the month. 

But the 'flavor of the month' stayed in the WWE and went onto feud with Kane. The two feuded for two months and in mediocre matches like a Street Fight, Steel Cage Match and an Inferno Match. During those two months MVP showed little ability. He was good on the mic but put on bad matches where he would runaway from his opponent Kane and who's only offence was beating the Big Red Monster down with mere punches and kicks. 

After his Inferno Match with Kane, MVP suffered first degree burns which put him out of action and which put the Kane feud to rest. But when MVP came back, he proved a lot of critics wrong when he feuded with Chris Benoit for the US Championship. The Once flashy, arrogant MVP who always backed away from matches was now the flashy, arrogant MVP who could deliver great matches. 

At Wrestlemania 23 he put on a great match against Chris Benoit and then again at Backlash and Judgement Day. MVP showed great in-ring-ability against Benoit and silence a lot of critics who only said that he could work the mic. 

This showed what a great all rounder MVP was. He could work the mic, get heat off the crowd instantly and could wrestle better than a lot of the Smackdown wrestlers back then. MVP showed that he had all the attributes to be a top star in the WWE.

He once again shone through when he feuded with Matt Hardy. His 'I'm better than you' segments and matches made their feud the best thing about Smackdown at that time. The delivered every week with there matches, promos and even with there tag team title reign. MVP was really becoming the MVP of Smackdown. 

But there feud came to an abrupt end when Matt hardy was put on the sidelines with an injury, making them write off the rest of there feud. But all this didn't stop MVP's momentum as he defended his US Title numerous times before him and Matt hardy met again at Backlash of 2008 where he lost the title. 

Things were still looking good for MVP though. His US title reign was the third longest in the history of the championship. And with the US Title gone from his grasp it looked like he would take one step further up that ladder and become a main eventer on the blue brand. But instead of going up the ladder, he came crumbling down it. 

In August of 2008, he went on a losing streak which lasted five whole months. The franchise player of Smackdown became the man who couldn't buy a victory. From here, things were going downhill for MVP. 

In April of 2009, MVP was drafted to Monday Night Raw. Some thought that this was going to bring back his momentum but things did not turn out that way. Mid-carders on Smackdown who get drafted to Raw normally get mis-used. Smackdown can be a show for mid-carders to shine and Raw can be a show for mid-carders to do there signature moves in two minute matches which get them nowhere, and this was what was happening to MVP. 

MVP became a face which did not suit his character whatsoever. The cockiness and arrogance was replaced by an attitude that was to play to the crowd. 

MVP teamed up with Mark Henry to challenge for the tag team gold but nothing happened for them. Instead they made appearances on Raw even though they weren't in a feud. MVP was just put up against anybody to fill up the air time.  

MVP went from being the future of Smackdown to somebody who was left out in the back on Raw. 

This year however MVP was drafted back to Smackdown in the 2010 Supplemental Draft. And although he's still a face, he might get the air time and feuds that he got a few years ago when he was on Smackdown. 

Sadly though, I think MVP's career has already been sunk. He went from being a top name on Smackdown, to going on a losing streak Smackdown and then finally moving to Raw to leave him with no way of recovering. This has put a major dent in MVP's career and I don't think he will be able to recover from him.