MVP (Hassan Assad) is born in Miami, Florida. He has a troubled childhood and turns to gang life as a young man.
By age 14, my graffiti crew turned into a gang and about 15 of us were stealing cars. At 15 I was arrested for the first time for armed robbery. At 16, I was facing 11 life felonies.
Wrestlemania 23 is held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The event features The Undertaker vs Batista, Chris Benoit vs MVP, Great Khali vs Kane, Bobby Lashley with Donald Trump vs Umaga with Vince McMahon in which the losing billionaire has their head shaved and John Cena vs Shawn Michaels.
Punk defeats Jericho, MVP, Benjamin, Morrison, Anderson and Carlito at in the Wrestlemania 24 Money in the Bank ladder match to claim a WWE title shot any time over the next 365 days.
MVP is a guest on The Art of Wrestling to discuss his troubled youth and leaving WWE.
I asked for my release and John Laurinitis was so nice about it. He gave me my release. I said, “I don’t wanna be here. I wanna tour Japan.” So they gave it to me and now I’m in Japan, having the time of my life.
Porter talks about his most important moments in WWE:
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 idolized. 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.
Porter gives his thoughts about his TNA debut in Glasgow, Scotland:
It was spectacular, it was exasperating to have been away for so long and to come back and receive the reception that I did was humbling. The fans remembered me and they were glad to have me back. The whole tour was awesome, after Glasgow we did Manchester and London and it reminded me of why I love it so much.
MVP talks to Ring Rust Radio about picking TNA over WWE and wrestling in Japan.
One of the things that attracted me to TNA and why I chose to go there was that they did want to do somewhat of a reset and wanted to bring in fresh faces create new younger stars.
MVP appears on Talk is Jericho to discuss his own knee injuries and his choice to go to TNA.
They (TNA) came and told me, “Anything else you wanna do, we’ll get behind you and give you a schedule to still do what you wanna do.” And that was the deal breaker for me.
MVP is a guest on The Ross Report to discuss his time in prison and how wrestling saved his life.
It’s amazing how it all comes together. That’s why I believe my wrestling career was my destiny. The first time I ever saw wrestling, I saw it live. We used to sneak into the side door and watch there giants demolishing each other and I was captivated.