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Name
MVP
Real Name
Alvin Burke
Date of Birth
October 28, 1973
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Hometown
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Debut
2002
MVP
While a lot of people already knew that the return was happening, MVP, who is acting as an investor in the company, announced that Jeff Hardy would be coming back to television TNA Lockdown 2014. The popular wrestler was given some time off because he was not able to join the rest of the crew on the European tour in January.
February 11, 2014
MVP
MVP revealed that part of the stipulation with him coming on board with TNA was that he would get to work with certain guys that he has admired as performers. He listed Bobby Roode, whom he has already taped a match with while on the European tour, Kurt Angle and good friend Samoa Joe as guys that he would definitely need to work with.
February 7, 2014
MVP
While the possibility of a return is still there, there has been no negotiations between AJ Styles and Dixie Carter as of late, since the latter has been focused on the European tour and the signings of MVP, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards over the last few weeks.
February 6, 2014
Drew McIntyre
On WWE Main Event, Hornswoggle teamed up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, which has caused some speculations to arise. Rumors over the past several weeks have stated that Heath Slater was unhappy backstage because he was not receiving a push. However, his absence on this show was unrelated, as Slater missed the show because he is heading to Saudi Arabia for a tour with WWE.
April 17, 2014
Batista
Even though he is one of the more known performers in the company, WWE is allowing Batista to skip out on the Saudi Arabia tour taking place this week. The belief when the former world heavyweight champion was brought back was that he would help with global marketing due to his history in the company and being a movie star.
April 16, 2014
Sami Zayn
When several of the WWE stars take off for Saudi Arabia this week, Sami Zayn will be joining them. He's the only developmental wrestler going on the tour. WWE wanted to get a better look at him, and some backstage feel that he might have some marketing appeal overseas. There are still rumors floating around that Zayn could be one of the WWE NXT stars to be called up to the main roster in the coming weeks.
April 16, 2014
Brie Bella
Since he is currently on his honeymoon with Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan is not on the list of WWE stars who are heading over to Saudi Arabia this week for a quick tour. Management event allowed him to skip Monday Night Raw and Smackdown this week, despite being the world heavyweight champion. He is expected to be be with WWE by next Monday.
April 16, 2014
Lita
Since they really are best friends in real life, Trish Stratus and Lita have decided to capitalize on that relationship by doing a tour together. The former WWE divas will be hitting up various locations across the country to meet with fans and sign autographs. Aside from generating an income, the two of them will get a chance to spend some time together on the road as well.
April 16, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While he is not quite a full time performer for the company, Rob Van Dam has opted to head to Europe with WWE for a tour in May. There will be an episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown taped in London during this stretch, so most of the performers in WWE will be on hand for the tour. Rumors have it that RVD will be sticking around for a couple of months like last time.
April 15, 2014
Brian Kendrick
Earlier today, it was reported that Paul London was heading to Europe for a tour, and it has now been revealed that Brian Kendrick is joining him. The former WWE stars have been booked by a promotion called Southside Wrestling, where they will be working a show next weekend. No word yet on whether or not London and Kendrick will be teaming together or facing one another.
March 23, 2014
Paul London
Even though he has not been with WWE for several years now, Paul London still maintains a good amount of name value in the global wrestling industry. The former tag team champion is heading back to Europe this week, where he will be working independent wrestling shows in England and other countries. He recently did a tour of Spain as well.
March 23, 2014
Jay Lethal
In a rather interesting story that made the news, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt were at a grocery store in England, where they are working a tour, when they were spotted by a wrestling fan named Phill Maher. He invited the former TNA stars to his house to have tea, and surprisingly enough, both of them agreed to do so.
March 22, 2014
Brie Bella
Since he lives a fairly simple life, Daniel Bryan has long refused to get a tour bus like the other top WWE stars. However, with quite a bit of convincing from Brie Bella, the diva whom he is set to marry next month, Bryan has changed his mind and will be acquiring one on the next episode of Total Divas. Expect scenes to be filmed on the bus throughout the season.
March 19, 2014
Lilian Garcia
After performing for NASCAR with her band in Las Vegas, Lilian Garcia was back home in Los Angeles relaxing before rejoining WWE on the tour. The longtime announcer revealed through this Twitter post that she was awaken by the earthquake that hit California early in the morning on Monday.
March 18, 2014
Brodus Clay
After being absent for quite a few weeks, the Great Khali has made his return to WWE, joining the live events tour this weekend. He was paired up with Brodus Clay, who has been spending time in developmental. Khali was given the victory. The former world heavyweight champion has not worked a televised match since the first Monday Night Raw of the year.
March 17, 2014
Sonjay Dutt
While a lot of people would love to see him back on Impact Wrestling, it appears that Sonjay Dutt has been doing rather well for himself on the independent wrestling circuit. Over the last couple of weeks, he has been booked on both sides of the United States. The former TNA star also has a tour scheduled for England very soon as well.
March 11, 2014
Booker T
While he is not utilized on television as frequently as he used to be, Booker T is still employed by WWE, and the company is putting him to work this week. Management has chosen him to do a promotional tour overseas in Australia. He will be meeting with fans and promoting the upcoming tour that the company has scheduled in August.
March 10, 2014
Shelton Benjamin
A couple of weeks ago, Shelton Benjamin revealed to fans on Twitter that he was a fast healer. Well, he was not kidding. Benjamin has just announced that he is heading back overseas to do a tour for New Japan. He is leaving the United States some time next week. The former WWE star had surgery back in January for an injured elbow.
March 5, 2014
Jeff Hardy
After taking a much needed break to heal up his body, Shannon Moore has now started training again, and he has stated that he would like to make a come back to professional wrestling. His good friends Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy and Shane Helms recently drew in a packed house at an independent wrestling show, so a group tour could be an option.
February 28, 2014
Great Muta
Considering how much of a powerful figure the Great Muta is in Japan, it's not a bad idea to get in on his good side if you want to make a name for yourself in that country. Rob Terry has apparently been able to do just that, as he has now been given the honors of teaming up with the former WCW star during the first series of Wrestle-1 tour.
February 28, 2014
Great Muta
After spending a few weeks resting in the United States, Rob Terry is back in Japan, where he is working the first ever tour for Wrestle-1. He noted on Twitter that he has been given the honor of teaming up with the Great Muta. Terry is expected to be there for a few weeks, and he might make an appearance when TNA stars show up in March.
February 26, 2014
Garett Bischoff
While he has not worked a match on Impact Wrestling since October, Garett Bischoff still remains with TNA. He is still under contract to them. Bischoff has been working independent wrestling shows across the country, and he has some interest in heading to New Japan for a tour. He has also publicly stated that he would like to be back on television for TNA as well.
February 25, 2014
Big Show
Even though he was not booked for Elimination Chamber 2014, Big Show is still very much in contention for a coveted match at Wrestlemania 30. Right now, WWE simply had nothing for him from the creative department. Plus, he replaced the Great Khali on an overseas promotional tour of India. He should be back on television soon.
February 24, 2014
Randy Orton
For the longest time there, MVP was the longest reigning WWE United States Heavyweight Champion, but that mark looks to be broken soon if Dean Ambrose can hold on to the belt a little while longer. The Shield member rarely defends the belt, but WWE could opt to include it in the story line against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.
April 18, 2014
Low Ki
Rumors are floating around right now that Low Ki could be making his return to TNA in the near future. The former X Division Champion contemplated retirement not too long ago, but he had a change of heart apparently. Low Ki has a close relationship with Samoa Joe and MVP, so that have played a part in his potential return to TNA.
April 13, 2014
MVP
The big draw on Impact Wrestling this week is the return of Dixie Carter to television. TNA has been working a story line where she has been in hiding since losing control of the company to MVP at TNA Lockdown 2014. No official word has been given on what her character will do on Impact Wrestling, but the belief is that Carter will be going after MVP again.
April 10, 2014
Brutus Magnus
A picture of the official Slammiversary 2014 poster, which features Brutus Magnus as the centerpiece attraction. Behind him are Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy, MVP and Kurt Angle, which has led to speculations that TNA could be doing a big world heavyweight championship match featuring all five of the performers.
March 26, 2014
Dixie Carter
A video of the Dixie Carter tribute segment, where Rockstar Spud and Ethan Carter attempt to generate heel heat and sell the fact that MVP has taken over the company in the story lines.
March 17, 2014
MVP
While he has now made a commitment to TNA, it is being rumored that the deal between Dixie Carter and MVP is flexible enough to enable the former WWE star to do tours of Japan on occasions. While he has nothing officially scheduled overseas right now, MVP wanted to maintain that bit of freedom that Triple H and Vince McMahon would not give him.
March 16, 2014
Bully Ray
To generate even further heat, Rockstar Spud will be hosting a special tribute segment to Dixie Carter on Impact Wrestling this week. The story line is that she has lost control of her company to MVP, whose team was victorious at TNA Lockdown 2014 thanks to the help of Bully Ray, who pulled off a surprising face turn that evening.
March 13, 2014
MVP
When asked during a recent interview about the backstage heat situation between CM Punk and WWE, MVP revealed that he is supportive of the move. He noted that he had a year left on his contract when he asked for a release from the company. MVP is grateful to the company, but he also felt the need to be happy with his own work.
March 5, 2014
Triple H
During a recent interview, MVP revealed that he did indeed meet with Triple H about a possible return to WWE. However, he opted to sign with TNA instead. The former US champion stated that even though he wanted to return to WWE, he simply could not sign on for the hectic schedule that the company requires of its performers. He still wanted the option to do tours with New Japan.
March 5, 2014
Chase Stevens
Through Twitter, MVP posted that he was with former TNA star Chase Stevens. The former United States Heavyweight Champion revealed that he was the only "negro" in a bar in Alabama.
March 3, 2014
MVP
Through Instagram, Chavo Guerrero posted this picture of himself in Ireland. He is drinking some beer with former WWE stars MVP and Chris Masters.
February 27, 2014
MVP
While a lot of fans are aware that he has been participating in MMA for the last couple of years, very few actually know how good MVP has become at the sport. This picture of him winning the gold medal at the IBJJF Houston Open should help people understand that this is not just a hobby to the former United States champion.
February 23, 2014
MVP
I've said for years even when I was with WWE that I want TNA to do well, I never saw TNA as the enemy – that would be ridiculous, I love professional wrestling. Part of the reason why I chose to go to TNA was because it's not good for the fans or for the industry when there is just one conglomerate and nowhere else to go. The most prosperous and entertaining time in our business was during the Monday Night Wars – you had two companies that were fairly evenly matched, both with top tier stars, and they were battling with each other for ratings. That meant everything had to be fresh, everything had to be edgy and everyone really had to rack their brain to come up with exciting storylines, all of the guys had to work really hard and there were 12 million people a week tuning into wrestling. Now there is less than half that, if you're in the wrestling industry now in the States there are only two places to go centrally, WWE or TNA. I would like to try and help facilitate, creating a situation where the WWE has to recognize TNA as a potential competitor and if you know like I do, WWE holds all the marbles then for the artists, the talent it's not good for our business, competition is good for business." - MVP discusses competition within the business
February 22, 2014
MVP
After heard about the death of Big Daddy V, MVP posted this special message on Twitter for his fallen friend.
February 18, 2014
Kevin Nash
While watching Impact Wrestling this week, Kevin Nash decided to go on Twitter and vent about the main story line going on within the company. Nash questioned how MVP could do a hostile takeover when Dixie Carter and her family own the private company. He stated that her father would have to be involved for such a thing to happen.
February 17, 2014
MVP
"You know, well I'd like to think so. I like the guy. I think he's has around a million with life experiences cause his path to get into the business is certainly…unique. To say the least. I always thought he was a real sharp guy. He had a great head for the business. So if he's given the opportunity to take over a leadership role or if he has the mindset to become a leader in that locker room; then he should be able to help him. He's a good man. I'm glad that he's back in the loop and I think that he has a lot to offer. He's just a really cool guy. And I'm happy for him." - Jim Ross discusses MVP
February 15, 2014
Dixie Carter
To further their story line on Impact Wrestling, MVP decided to continue his feud with Dixie Carter on social media by posting this message on Twitter, mocking Carter for not taking care of the fans quickly enough.
February 12, 2014
MVP
During a recent interview, MVP explained his relationship with Chris Benoit. He stated that the two of them traveled and trained together. Benoit took him underneath his wings. They even became close enough to where MVP visited Benoit's home and met his family. MVP states that Benoit had a mental illness, or else he would not have done what he did.
February 11, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
Over the weekend, several wrestlers, including Chris Jericho, Howar Finkel, Jim Ross, MVP, Diamond Dallas Page, Mason Ryan, Chavo Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Vickie Guerrero, JBL and others, noted the passing of Frank Bullock, a WWE employee who did audio for the company. He had been battling cancer before his death.
February 10, 2014
MVP
After finding out about the sad news, MVP took to Twitter to post a special condolence message about the death of Frank Bullock, a WWE employee who handled microphones and audio equipment. MVP, who recently made his Impact Wrestling debut, noted that Bullock was a good guy who will be missed by many.
February 9, 2014