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WWE Releases Montel Vontavious Porter: Who Really Cares?

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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Paul MurphyContributor IIDecember 2, 2010

So on December 2nd of 2010, World Wrestling Entertainment granted the grappler known as Montel Vontavious Porter his release. I have one question to this. Who cares?

MVP was brought onto the scene with an explosion of a push feuding with Kane and then Chris Benoit, eventually winning Benoit's United States Championship. During this time period we saw a long on-again-off-again feud with Matt Hardy and short feuds with both Rey Mysterio and Ric Flair.

MVP held the U.S. Title for a record 343 days (at least WWE U.S. Title record).

MVP then endured a losing streak of epic proportions until he beat the Big Show in a last man standing match allowing HHH to enter the Royal Rumble and eventually won the U.S. Title again, this time by defeating the Gold Standard, Shelton Benjamin.

For better or worse the last year has seen MVP struggling with the mid-card level, waiting for a push to the main event level that just never came.

So again I ask, who cares?

MVP was mediocre on the microphone and mildly above average in the ring, with nothing special. He wrestled as a brawler with some mat technician skills, but I can never look back at a match and say "Wow, MVP was a match of the year candidate".

MVP had all the time to learn from great mat technicians like Benoit and Hardy but never really seemed to pick up the idea of how to tell a story in the ring. He's been publically complaining for months about being screwed by the WWE and his lack of a push, and being worried about younger wrestlers being pushed over him.

I don't feel bad that MVP was released, I'd much rather watch Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Skip Sheffield, Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes over him, all members of WWE's youth movement.

The point is, MVP was worried about his spot and did nothing to make me, and obviously WWE officials, think that he deserved a spot going towards the Main Event.

Sorry MVP, good riddance.

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