WWE's Former MVP: Montel Vontavious Porter Continues to "Ball" in NJPW
Montel Vontavious Porter (real name Alvin Burke, Jr.) may no longer be performing in a WWE ring, but that does not mean he's not improving and crafting his skills.
The WWE dropped the ball on this great talent; not only did he have the persona and charisma, he could back up all the talk in the ring.
In the WWE, MVP was not able to display those skills as often, but we did see some great classic matches between him and fellow passing friend Chris Benoit.
When these two got together it was a wrestling clinic; pure greatness was displayed in the ring that any pro wrestling fan could enjoy and love.
In 2007, MVP would capture the WWE United States Title and would have the third longest reign in the title’s entire history. MVP would hold the WWE United States Title total of two times.
He would also go ont win the WWE Tag Team Championship alongside fellow rival Matt Hardy.
Although MVP had a nice run in WWE, his skills were still being overlooked as other talents continued to get the major push that MVP deserved.
This would lead to MVP requesting his release in December 2, 2010 and pursuing a career in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and a passion for puroresu, which is a predominant style or genre of pro wrestling (According to Wikipedia.com).
Porter's wish to be released would be granted by the WWE, which led to MVP signing a deal with NJPW in 2011.
MVP would make NJPW into his new home quickly by becoming involved in key story-lines and feuds.
He would instantly join the heel stable Kojima Army, which was led by Satoshi Kojima. MVP would receive his first win in a tag match with fellow Kojima Army member Taichi.
It is here that MVP would continue to hone his skills and sharpen his tools with numerous matches. He would then enter into NJPW’s 2011 New Japan Cup; the tournament determines the number one contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Title, which MVP would lose in the second round by the hands of Togi Makable.
He would brush off this loss and would capture his biggest victory yet in the NJPW promotion; MVP would force a tap out of the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in a tag team match.
MVP would later save his fellow leader, coming to his aid after an attack by a debuting Lance Archer (formally known as Lance Hoyt in TNA Wrestling).
During this time MVP would take place in a tournament held in the United States with NJPW to determine the first ever IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
MVP would capture the title after defeating Toru Yano in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Porter would continue on a hot streak and would enter into the 2011 G1 Climax, which is another annual tournament of NJPW, but 2011’s edition would be the promotion's biggest (According to Wikipedia.com).
Porter would fall short from winning the tournament as he would win 6 matches out of 9.
After seeing MVP’s highlights for the tournament on his YouTube channel via MVP305Brand, I now know that MVP has all the right tools to be a big star.
I was already impressed with MVP’s in-ring skills before, but after seeing some key maneuvers in his highlight video, you can see he has stepped his game up.
Maybe after his career has ended in NJPW he could make a major return to the WWE, that is if he wants it to end.
If there is one guy I would pick to return to the WWE, he would be on top of the list.
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