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Wrestling: Montel Vontavious Porter

Hassan Hamin Assad (b. Alvin Burke Jr. in 1973) is an American Professional Wrestler from Liberty City, Miami, Florida who is best known for his work in WWE from 2006-2010 as Montel Vontavious Porter, or simply MVP. He debuted in the Florida independent scene in 2002 as Antonio Banks, including several brief stops at TNA. In 2005, he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling in Georgia, where he developed the MVP character, an arrogant, self-obsessed athlete based on Rod Tidwell and Terrell Owens. He debuted on SmackDown in 2006 as Porter, with the storyline of holding out for a big contract and eventually obtaining it. Over the course of his WWE run, he would hold the WWE United States Heavyweight Title twice and the WWE (SmackDown!) Tag Team Titles once with Matt Hardy. He left WWE to compete in New Japan Pro Wrestling until he left in 2013. Then went on to return to TNA in early 2014.

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"Montel Vontavious Troper":

  • Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better: He and Matt Hardy spent a lot of time trying to prove this to each other, even while tag team champions. MVP would usually cheat in the contests.
  • Ascended Meme: For a long time, the WrestleCrap message board would routinely insist that what WWE needed was a character based on obnoxious football prima donna Terrell Owens. That wish was finally granted with MVP. His entrance even included an NFL style inflatable tunnel.
    • Then subverted when MVP turned face, becoming much more like the good-guy, inspirational kind of athlete from a tough background.
      • Outright lampshaded in his "I'm Comin'" theme, which includes the words "cocky like T.O."
  • The Atoner: Not for anything done as a professional wrestler (MVP is an unapologetic jerkass pretty much all of the time) but the man's professional wrestling career itself was brought upon by his correction officer.
  • Badass Longcoat: His entrance attire in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: MVP felt he was not getting over because he did not have good enough competition. So Theodore Long gave him Kane, though MVP did end up getting over afterwards.
  • Braids of Action: Though they were not always visible as he sometimes had a hat or dew rag over them. Toru Yano eventually destroyed them in NJPW.
  • Catch Phrase: When hosting the V.I.P. lounge, "Big things popping, little things stopping." This is a bowdlerized reference to southern USA rapper Ti(p). In TNA he's since said much closer to the original line in reference to his intentions to take over the show. "Big things popping, Dixie's shit stopping!"
  • The Cast Showoff: Is also a rapper. See "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune.
  • Chain Pain: With his necklace.
  • Cool Teacher: His was Norman Smiley.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: His second WWE theme, though they never bothered to play the whole thing. Ironically the remix NJPW did contained more of the original song despite having a completely different title and extended samples from Godzilla movies. He's also released three rap singles on iTunes, including one of two other rap themes he's used in NJPW. As well as the theme he used in his return to TNA.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The Power Ranger, thanks to his rather unorthodox outfit (which he wore to cover up a Malcolm X tattoo). JBL spared no expense in mocking him for it in his debut.
    • Boring, but Practical: Thing is, the outfit's pretty clearly supposed to be based off the Under Armour line of athletic apparel, making it literally the most practical wrestling costume in history.
  • Enemy Mine: He did not like Mr. Kennedy at all, but they were both feuding with a Brother of Destruction, so they decided to team up to help their chances. Why they thought this would be of any help (it just resulted in the Brothers teaming up too, and they worked better together) is a question for the ages. They also had a mutual dislike of general manager Theodore Long, which was egged further on by JBL.
    • He was not good friends with Shelton Benjamin either but they were willing to team up against Triple H, who encouraged it believing the two of them were too Genre Blind to be a threat. Eventually they became partners in New Japan in a team called "Black Dynamite".
  • Engrish: His NJPW theme, "Most Valiantly Person". Just the title though, the lyrics are just MVP vocals to a remixed beat with some sampling.
  • Expy: Equal parts Rod Tidwell and Terrell Owens.
  • Facial Markings: Well, a rebreather rather than paint or anything and he eventually stopped (as you can see).
  • Finishing Move: Play of the Day, Playmaker, Drive-By, Take It to the Bank. In NJPW he often followed the playmaker with a crossface armbar combination he called the Irreversible Crisis.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: At first in NJPW with his self proclaimed "Ghetto Strong Style" and "Black Godzilla" moniker (Togi Makabe's finisher is the King Kong knee drop but Godzilla is bigger than Kong). All his signature spots still got face like pops with the crowd though and then they began chanting "MVP" to the opening beat of his entrance music so he was a face again before too long.
  • Fun with Acronyms: MVP.
  • The Ghost: His contract negotiator.
    • He himself was this for two weeks as the TNA investor.
  • Ill Boy: In real life, though not so much his characters it has affected his use in some story lines. In particular he has to get checkups for his heart, which is said to beat abnormally fast. note 
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He was the longest running United States champion in the history of the belt's WWE ownership but after he dropped the belt to Matt Hardy WWE decided to give him a losing streak that lasted over five months, not just losing singles matches but also being the one to get pinned in tag team matches and championship scrambles. Because of his poor showing Theodore Long decided not to pay him the bonuses that were supposed to be in his contract and even took away his inflatable tunnel. Eventually fans started to feel sorry for him and happily cheered when he finally got a (Triple H-assisted) win over The Big Show (the joke being Trips would be allowed into the Royal Rumble if MVP could win a match). Afterwards his face turn was official, the bookers allowed MVP to win on his own, and he largely recovered his monetary perks before (and even after) leaving the company.
  • Jerkass Jock: As a heel.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Face. He still is cocky, still uses his incredibly unnecessarily showy elbow drop and the probablyshouldbeillegal cheap shot but can otherwise an agreeable guy if you can tolerate these things.
  • Jobber: What his early TNA appearances amounted to.
    • Came Back Strong: Has gained much more credibility heading into his second run there. This is lampshaded in the chorus of his theme song.
      "Stronger than ever, here to make an impact!"
  • Latex Space Suit: His most common form of ring gear.
  • Malcolm Xerox: Defied, despite how easy it would have been with his Malcolm X tattoo which the bookers instead opted to have him cover up. He converted to Islam while in prison, thus explaining his real life name change though he has since moved away from it and is now a non believer toward religion in general (except Dudeism).
  • A Man Of Wealth And Taste: Guess it comes with being "the highest paid free agent in sports entertainment." When he was a face the heels would mock him for being "new money" or otherwise bring up his not so luxurious roots.
    • Reality Subtext: WWE does refer to its talent as free agents, even in cases where they probably should not.
    • Call Back/Continuity Nod: His current role in TNA as the "investor" counteracting Dixie's regime can be interpreted as has been outright confirmed to partially involve said "new money" coming back in handy.
  • Man on Fire: He lost an inferno match (and won the respect of the audience).
  • Martial Arts Headband: He has a few with his logo on them.
  • Meaningful Name: Miami is a big part of his gimmick. One of his Finishing Moves, also known as the Play of the Day, is called the "305," which is one of the city's area codes.
  • Money Song: Pretty much all his themes.
  • The Napoleon: Heel, but even as a face MVP has shades of it. Most noticeably, his style of wrestling includes a lot of big boots, clotheslines and throws, it is a style normally applied by much larger men. As a face he also incorporates more technical and jumpy moves to make it less apparent.
  • No Sell: In NJPW, notably he no sold two consecutive German suplexes in a match with Togi Makabe (but then, it is NJPW. Makabe himself no sold about ten forearms from MVP). By contrast he probably oversold in WWE, notably gripping his head after his own suplexes sometimes.
  • Odd Friendship: With Sherri Sheppard of the Barbershop films and The View. The story was that they took each other to prom, well after their time in high school. (Sherri felt she couldn't get a date because she was black and MVP could not go because he was in prison).
  • Passing the Torch: To Kofi Kingston after he was defeated by him for the United States championship. Rather than be bitter or even hassle him over a rematch clause, as MVP believed he was ready to be a world champion.
  • Put on a Bus: Asked for his release because he didn't like how he was being booked. Proceeded to head for Japan.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Being an ex-con limits some of his travel options.
    • His second theme is a reference to his work in the music industry. Likewise his TNA theme is a nod to his return there as well as his time in Japan.
    • MVP was supposed to get beat up by Evander Holyfield but his role was reduced on the show because he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart condition. So instead it was made to look like he suckered face Matt Hardy into a boxing match he had no business in.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: In the Florida indies, he used Ludacris' "Get Back" and "Move Bitch."
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Becomes this when he becomes the investor of TNA.
  • Screaming Warrior: More so as a heel but often the Drive-By Kick was accompanied by him yelling.
  • Signature Move: An overshot big boot in the corner (miss that leaves his leg caught on the top rope optional) and an elbow drop preceded by a mock basketball shot "ballin!" called Ballin' Elbow. As a face he also had what Michael Cole called "Great Throws". In NJPW he also had a European uppercut-lariat combo.
  • Silence, You Fool!: His feud with Chris Jericho was based around the fact Jericho just would not spot talking.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Randy Orton on his Raw debut.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Pretty much a natural with a gimmick such as his.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: All the more so during his budding feud with tag team partner Matt Hardy. Who would have ever guessed a man with his initials would argue that he was the more valuable player?
  • Tag Team: In NWA Florida, he was in a team with "The Black Nature Boy" Scoot Andrews and Vordell Walker called NWA, as in the rap group. In WWE he was with Mark Henry in the "Worlds Strongest Tag Team". In New Japan Pro Wrestling he was one half of "Black Dynamite" with Shelton Benjamin.
  • Talk Show with Fists: "The VIP Lounge".
  • Tattooed Crook: When he was a face, Miz would make frequent mention of MVP's criminal history.
  • Tick Tock Tune: Both of his WWE entrance themes, though his first makes more use of it, it cuts out in "Ballin". (He can really use "Ballin" anywhere he wants but is most known for using it in WWE, NJPW also got away with using "I'm comin" during a USA tour.) Also, his TNA return theme, though it cuts out there too.
  • Too Many Halves: Half man half amazing and one half of the tag team champions.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Received one from Toru Yano in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • Unrelated Brothers: With a wrestler in Booker T's PWA promotion in Texas: Victor Imperial Porter.
  • Ur Example: He defeated Toru Yano in a tournament final to become the inaugural New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
  • Villainous Valor: He was willing to continue wrestling even when it was clear he had not fully recovered from his burns, even when he could not put on his regular getup because it hurt the burnt area too much, even when one of the faces, Vito, deliberately targeted his seared flesh. This was a stark departure from his initial heel character. (oh, he was still a whiny, shortcut taking bastard but he had never shown that kind of determination or pain tolerance before.)
  • WWE Owns This Trope/Writing Around Trademarks: Can't use the full Montel Vontavious Porter name in TNA because WWE owns it, however he can get away with simply "MVP" since it's a pretty common acronym and he created the gimmick.
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