The Pope, who is currently under contract in TNA, was formerly under contract by the WWE where he was known as Elijah Burke.
Burke had a boxer gimmick and great charisma. He was destined for greatness (kinda like MVP), but was never given the proper push to show it.
He had a few title shots but failed at each attempt. He was given a small push once as the leader of the New Breed, chosen by Mr. McMahon (makes you wonder about Drew McIntyre, right?), but his group never became as successful as one would expect.
His group included Marcus Cor Von (Monty Brown in TNA), Kevin Thorn, and Matt Striker. All of who held their own some of the time, but after a while, the New Breed started to collapse one by one. It started with the release of Monty Brown and Kevin Thorn. Matt Striker became an announcer and Burke was the only one left.
He was able to challenge for the title one more time, but failed, and after that was lost in the shuffle, so he got released.
Now in TNA, his skills are able to shine and he is given good time to show what he can really do. He has good mic and great in-ring skills, and could be a future main eventer. If you watch him in TNA, you could see that WWE messed up, as he could have been a great mid-carder if he was given the right push.
He could have helped the mid-card and worked as a face or heel when needed.
It is sad to think that Burke's most memorable moment is getting speared by Batista while jumping off the top rope.