MVP rose to prominence in his 30s as an upper midcarder in WWE. After his 2010 release, he'd go on to appear for TNA, New Japan, and briefly worked with Lucha Underground. According to a new interview with Chris Van Vliet, MVP says his TNA firing wasn't his fault at all.
“An executive made a bad decision. He screwed up and fired me for his mistake. I’ve always said that I don’t have any animosity towards TNA; the production crew, the locker room, everybody was great. You just have some really poor management. People in positions that didn’t know what they were doing," said MVP.
MVP was also planned for a run in Lucha Underground last year, but was quickly fired for having cast members on his podcast. MVP was asked about his LU plans, and said the show wasn't going to capitalize on his name value.
“I was going to be somebody completely different. With a mask and everything. I’m sure the smarter people would have known it was me but at the time I was training to do a whole different moveset. I was going to change my whole style. I was really investing in the character because it was a challenge. For the first time I’m going to be back in the ring but not as MVP but as a different character," MVP said.
Despite not making any appearances for WWE since his release, MVP holds no ill-will towards the company.
"I don’t have any disparaging words about WWE. As an ex-convict, when society wouldn’t give me a minimum wage job, Vince McMahon gave me an opportunity to become a household name. I made more money than both of my parents combined in their lifetimes. I can do what I do now because of the opportunity that Vince gave me and then when I wanted to leave, he said ‘cool. come back when you’re ready.’ I have nothing but respect for Vince and WWE," he said.
You can see the full interview above.