There was once a time, an era, in my life when MVP was my favorite superstar in the WWE. I don't know why, but I absolutely digged his character.
He was the Ballin' Superstar! Half man, half amazing, bottle-poppin', jaw-droppin', king of bling, modern day MAC! He was, in short, the definition of what a heel should be.
He had a smile that would make you either cringe or fall in love with, he was obsessed with himself, he was never afraid to remind you about his accomplishments, and he was quite simply a flashy, arrogant, egotistical punk.
And you know what? I was all over it. EVERYBODY was all over it. He was all the rage in the WWE. Remember how long they promoted him before he finally made an appearance? You heard a ton of boos during his football-like entrance with the tunnel and fireworks—he developed so much crowd reaction.
Remember MVP's VIP Lounge? That has got to be up there with the best talk shows of all time. He had his hot shot, world class suits, hundred buck sunglasses, Italian shoes, and bling around his neck. Here in this environment, he really used his mic skills to their full potential.
It seemed like he was a main-eventer in the making. He was well on his way with his feuds, with the likes of Ric Flair and Batista, and his tag team storyline with Matt Hardy, which stole the show every week.
Then it all fell apart. A major road block fell in his path to the top, as we witnessed one of the saddest heel/face turns in WWE history.
He lost week after week, month after month—it went on for almost a year. The turn to face was almost forced.
I mean, how were we supposed to boo this guy? Poor little blingless MVP getting his heart torn out by the likes of Kizarny! We, in a way, were basically forced to cheer for this guy.
The face-turn officially started when he defeated Big Show in a last man standing match. At first, it looked like it might work out, as he was feuding with heel Shelton Benjamin for the United States Championship.
He did eventually win it. But the crowd pop during his title reign was pretty pathetic. There was and still is something that is missing from a face MVP.
Or maybe something wasn't missing? Maybe it was because he was soooooo plain. He wasn't any different from an other face in the WWE. He had that "I don't cheat and I have a big heart" gimmick that nearly every face seems to possess. Just look at Evan Bourne, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, and R-Truth.
Good faces have some sort of gimmick besides having a "big heart." Look at John Morrison—he's a cocky rock star, but he's still a face. Or Kofi Kingston, he's a Bahamas type of dude. I mean, just look at his moves—Trouble in Paradise, S.O.S.
That's missing from MVP. He goes out to the ring in a red jumpsuit and wrestles. There's no meaning behind being "ballin'" anymore.
No more charisma, no more showing off. No more character. Its just too bland.
As of right now, MVP is in his upper thirties. And the WWE blew it again on another great performer.
What is the WWE supposed to do with this guy now? He is now considered a veteran, and yet he isn't in any major feud, he isn't pushing anybody over, and he isn't mentoring anybody. He's seemingly going nowhere.
As MVP continues to rot in mid-card hell, so do his last glimmers of hope of making it big in the WWE.
I still see potential in him and I will always be faithful to the superstar that essentially got me hooked to the WWE. I could see him freshening up the Smackdown main event scene. As of right now, the WWE has only one true heel main eventer in CM Punk; I still see Jack Swagger just a tad shy.
If the WWE could repackage MVP, turn him into what he truly is, a heel, then I could see him up there with Big Show, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Kane, and the Undertaker.
That's a BIG "if," though, as the WWE appears to not be making the same mistake with Drew McIntyre.
At the moment, this scenario seems to have the same chances of it happening as John Cena turning heel. But if the WWE wants to save one of its most loyal wrestlers, they should return MVP to what he was set up to be.
The clock's ticking.