Josh Modaberi recently sat down with former WWE wrestler MVP for Wrestling 101 and discussed his friendship and similarities to Booker T prior to WWE, his WWE debut, his reigns as United States and Tag Team Champions and a possible WWE return. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Booker T and yourself had quite similar childhoods in terms of getting into trouble with the police and your path into wrestling, did that help you become close friends?
"It's quite funny, Booker chose me, and he saw something in me. Years ago when I had my first dark match against Norman Smiley, Norman took me to the side and introduced me to Booker and we spent a few minutes talking and he gave me some advice and back then he was kind enough to give me his number and told me to give him a call if I ever needed any advice.
"Years later when it looked like I might have an opportunity to sign with the WWE, Steve Keirn asked me about my ability to get into other countries with my felony conviction. Even though I hadn't spoken to Booker for quite some time I put the call into him and he remembered me and was gracious enough to spend some time on the phone talking to me about his experiences being signed and his criminal background getting in the way.
"When I got signed and called up to the WWE, Booker invited me to come and train at his school on my days off, which I did and when I got released from developmental and called up to the full time roster I decided to move over to Houston so I could continue training with Booker because when a six-time World champion says I want to train with you, you would be a fool not to."
What was that moment like when you made your debut with the WWE?
"The WWE is the NFL or the Premier League it is the top of the tops. For me Japan was my dream and the WWE was my goal, so making it to the WWE and actually standing in that ring for the first time in front of millions of people nationally and tens of millions of people internationally, I was there, I was at the show! it was so real, that's the best way I can describe it. It took a while before I was actually able to believe it was happening."
You held the United States and Tag Team titles during your time in the WWE, what are some of your highlights?
"I have so many but I would definitely have to say my very first WrestleMania wrestling the late Chris Benoit who was one of my in-ring idols, talk about surreal – a guy I used to watch on tape for years and then being on the biggest show in the biggest company standing across the ring from the guy I idolised.
"Wrestling Ric Flair at Madison Square Garden at the Royal Rumble was another career highlight and I've been fortunate to have quite a few but those two really stand out."
Is the door open for you to make a return to the WWE?
"There is a very likely possibility, I feel like I've got some unfinished business there. I would say there is a very realistic chance if it's up to me barring injury or any unforeseen circumstances, before it is all said and done I will probably show up in a WWE ring again."
MVP also discussed what it was like to work with Matt Hardy, what Mr. McMahon was like as a boss, what it's like wrestling in Japan for NJPW and some of the similarities and differences between WWE and NJPW. Check out the full interview here.
Source: Wrestling 101