MVP has returned to WWE television as a major part of the show, so signing him to a long-term deal makes all the sense in the world.
WWE legend MVP first started to resurface on Raw early in 2020 as a means of furthering Drew McIntyre’s babyface character following his memorable Royal Rumble triumph. McIntyre was set to battle Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title, but he needed some extra momentum. MVP brought that for the future champion by lighting a fire under him.
One of the best promos in wrestling, MVP excels at lighting a fire under babyfaces with his layered, combative promos. He’s one of the best there is at playing mindgames, either recruiting people in his corner or antagonizing them if they prove too difficult to manipulate. (McIntyre and Apollo Crews come to mind.)
Now the United States Champion and part of a faction with Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin, MVP is entrenched as a crucial part of Monday Night Raw.
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So it comes as no surprise to hear him say on the Gorilla Position Podcast, via POST Wrestling’s Andrew Thompson, that he and WWE are in negotiations to sign a long-term deal as he’s become increasingly more of a talent than producer shortly after signing.
It’s been impossible for WWE to ignore the positive impact MVP has on the entire Raw roster.
When he’s on the screen, people pay attention, and his current partnership with Lashley and rivalry with Crews have been must-see television over the past several weeks. And now he’s the self-appointed US Champion.
Further, MVP can still go in the ring. He’s been doing great tag team work with Lashley and has impressed in singles competition, too.
MVP is the quintessential heel in the ring, and his wrestling matches the younger guys perfectly, allowing them to shine even if they don’t win.
Signing MVP to a deal that enables him to remain with the company in any sort of role – managerial, in-ring talent, producer, some mixture of all those things – is a pretty obvious decision for WWE. MVP has shown that he remains the Most Valuable Player in the game, and his versatility only enhances his value to the company.
It’s been wonderful watching MVP turn back the clock in 2020, which helped boost McIntyre as world champion and later helped Lashley become a world champion threat for the first time in his latest stint with WWE. Here’s to more success from MVP, as well as more success to the younger talent who cross paths with him.