In a year when the world has been conditioned to expect the unexpected, one thing wrestling fans wouldn’t have seen coming at the start of the year was the resurrection of MVP’s WWE career.
It began in January with a well received, surprise cameo in the Royal Rumble match, and carried on with matches against the likes of Rey Mysterio and Drew McIntyre.
In February it was announced that he had been taken on as a backstage producer for the company and he would be transitioning into that role.
However, it didn’t really work out that way. MVP’s appearances on TV continued and ramped up when WWE was forced to start taping their shows from their Performance Center in Orlando.
More often than not, MVP was the amongst the highlights of Raw as both fans and the company got used to the ‘new normal’ in terms of the format of the show.
Before long, MVP had begun an alliance with Bobby Lashley that allowed MVP to get a proper spotlight once more and gave Lashley the chance to be portrayed as a serious heel badass and wash away the stink left by his previous on-screen pairing with Lana.
Whilst he has been reportedly working without a contract up until this point, MVP took to Instagram last night to announce that he had signed a ‘multi-year deal with WWE.
Well deserved it is too. Outside of possibly Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre, MVP has been the key figure on Raw over the last few months and has lived up to that billing in spades.
Whether in the ring, or acting as the manager figure for Lashley and his other Hurt Business associate, Shelton Benjamin, MVP is someone we want to see a part of WWE programming long term.