|Alvin Burke Jr.|
|Ring Names|| Antonio Banks|
Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP)
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||259 lb (117 kg)|
|Born||October 28 1973|
|Liberty City, Florida|
|Trained by|| Alex G|
Alvin Burke, Jr. also known as Hassan Hamin Assad (his adopted Muslim name) (October 28, 1973), better known by his ring name Montel Vontavious Porter or MVP is an American wrestler best known for his work at World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand. He currently holds the distinction of having the longest United States Championship reign within the WWE.
MVP was released from his WWE contract on December 2, 2010.
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Alvin Burke's on screen name was Montel Vontavious Porter who is an arrogant athlete who is full of himself. Before getting into wrestling Burke actually served nine years of an 18 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping. He first appeared on Smackdown in August 2006 and feuded with Kane. He then began a long feud with Chris Benoit and is currently as of September, 2007 feuding with Matt Hardy. MVP has claimed that he is better than Matt at anything and has been challenging Matt to many different competitions. One on one basketball games, arm wrestling, a boxing match and the list goes on. MVP became tag-team champion with his odd partner Matt Hardy when they took the titles from Deuce and Domino, they ended up losing it later to the Miz and Jim Morrison. MVP is also the United States Champion. MVP currently lost a couple non title matches to Batista but won when it counted and defended his United States Championship. He competed in the 'Money in the Bank' match at Wrestlemania XXIV but was not able to get the win. On April 27, 2008 MVP battled rival Matt Hardy at Backlash for the United States Championship. MVP lost his title to Matt Hardy after holding it for nearly a year. MVP then started feeling like he was unappreciated on Smackdown and let everyone know how he felt, even Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero. MVP wanted to renegotiate his contract but continually felt disrespected by Vickie. Soon the 2008 WWE draft would come and MVP was probably the only WWE wrestler who was wishing to be drafted. Unfortunately for him he wasn't, as MVP stood on Smackdown.
One guy who did get drafted was Mr. Kennedy who came to Smackdown from Raw. On the July 11, 2008 edition of Smackdown as MVP sat at the commentary table with J.R and Foley; Mr. Kennedy had a match and as he was introducing himself with the mic he talked about how he is once again changing Friday night Smackdown (he used to be on Smackdown). He also made some rude references toward MVP when he said that he is the real MVP of Smackdown catching MVP's attention. Nothing ever esculated after that as it seemed like this was a feud that the WWE thought of running with but thought not of after.
On the July 25, 2008 edition of Smackdown during the VIP Lounge Jeff Hardy was MVP's guest. MVP got real personal with Hardy by bringing up his house that burned down, Jeff's dog and Jeff Hardy's overall character. This led to a feud between the two. They battled it out on August 17, 2008 at Summerslam and MVP was able to get the victory.
On September 7, 2008 MVP competed in the Smackdown scramble match for the WWE title. MVP did not win though as Triple H retained his WWE title.
MVP started having trouble getting one more victory, something he used to do on a normal occasion. MVP needs just one victory to earn him some bonus incentives from the WWE. Unfortunately for him, he is on the worst losing streak of his WWE career. MVP had a sure win on the November 21, 2008 edition of Smackdown as he battled an amateur wrestler. His match though was interrupted by the great Khali, the distraction allowed the amateur to roll up MVP and get the win.
On November 23, 2008 at Survivor Series MVP would be on team JBL. Team JBL asso had the Miz, John Morrison and Kane. Their opponents were Team HBK, joining Michaels on his team were Rey Mysterio, Cryme Tyme and the great Khali. Khali ended up eliminating MVP from the match as Team HBK ended up winning the match.
Week after week MVP carried on his losing streak and every week Mr. Kennedy would come out and mock him about it. On the January 16, 2008 edition of Smackdown MVP had to face the Big Show in a Last Man Standing match. This match was ordered by Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero. The match was made to punish Triple H, if MVP lost the match then Triple H would no longer be part of the 2009 Royal Rumble. Even though the heel MVP had not ever been liked by fans since coming to the WWE the crowd was chanting "MVP", "MVP", "MVP" during the match. MVP didn't disappoint as he looked impressive in the match against the giant. Big Show got counted out and MVP won the match. The long losing streak had ended!
The following week on Smackdown MVP would battle Chavo Guerrero in a match and won the match via pinfall to get himself a two match winning streak going. MVP was really hearing it from the crowd as MVP seemed to be loved dearly by the fans. After the win, MVP spoke of the United States championship he once held and said that he plans to get it back.
On March 20, 2009 during Smackdown's 500th show anniversary MVP would get a chance at the United States Championship against Shelton Benjamin. The crowd now began to love MVP and he did not disappoint them as he hit his Playmaker trade mark move and got the win to once again be the United States Champion.
Shelton would have his rematch on the April 30th, 2009 edition of Smackdown but once again MVP was able to hit the Playmaker and get the win to defend his title.
On April 5, 2009 MVP competed at Wrestlemania 25 in a 8 man Money in the Bank matchup. Unfortunately for MVP, he did not succeed in winning the match as CM Punk won the MITB match for the second year in a row.
On April 13, 2009, MVP was drafted as the first overall pick to the Raw brand as a part of the 2009 WWE Draft. As a result of being the reigning WWE United States Champion, he transferred the title to Raw for the first time in history.
On the June 1, 2009 edition of Raw MVP would lose his United States title to Kofi Kingston. In a show of sportsmanship, MVP handed over the belt to Kofi before leaving the ring.
On June 7, 2009 at Extreme Rules MVP had an opportunity to regain is United States championship as Kofi Kingston had to defend his title in a fatal four way. Kofi defended against MVP, William Regal and Matt Hardy. MVP would not regain his title as Kofi Kingston ended up pinning Matt Hardy to retain his title.
On the July 6, 2009 episode of Raw MVP had Jack Swagger as his guest on the VIP Lounge. MVP called Swagger a fraud for getting the automatic countout against Randy Orton in his debut on Raw last week. Swagger called out MVP for spending time in prison, saying he's the fraud pretending to be an MVP athlete. Swagger said if anyone is the MVP on Raw it's him. This began a feud between MVP and Jack Swagger.
MVP met up with Jack Swagger on August 23, 2009 at Summerslam. In the match MVP hit a running boot followed by his Playmaker to take the pinfall on Swagger.
MVP then starting feuding with Chris Jericho after MVP used brass knuckles in a match when MVP teamed with Mark Henry against Jericho and Big Show. The brass knuckles were thrown in the ring to MVP by Floyd Mayweather who used brass knuckles to knock out the Big Show at Wrestlemania 24.
As part of the 2010 WWE Supplemental Draft, MVP was drafted back to the SmackDown brand. He made his SmackDown return on the April 30 episode, interrupting CM Punk's promo, and later teaming up with Rey Mysterio to defeat Punk and Luke Gallows. On June 1, MVP was announced as the mentor of Percy Watson for the second season of WWE NXT. His rookie Watson was unable to win the NXT Season 2 as, Kaval emerged the winner. On the November 5 episode of SmackDown, MVP fought in a Triple Threat Match for the number one contendership of Dolph Ziggler's Intercontinental Championship against Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre. The match was successfully won by MVP, and the championship match was set for the following week's SmackDown, but MVP was unsuccessful in winning the title. MVP was announced as part of Team Mysterio, teaming with Rey Mysterio, The Big Show, Chris Masters and Kofi Kingston to take on Team Del Rio (Alberto Del Rio, Tyler Reks, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes) at Survivor Series. At the pay-per-view, MVP was the first man eliminated in the match by McIntyre, who was aided by Del Rio holding MVP's foot down so he couldn't kick out. MVP's last match with the WWE aired on December 3, a day after his announced release, teaming with Kaval in a losing effort against Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler; afterward, he and Kaval were attacked by Kane. On December 2, 2010, Burke requested and was granted a release from his WWE contract.
In 2011, Burke signed a year contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling, pursuing his noted passion for puroresu. TMZ reported that Burke's prior convictions had made it difficult for him to acquire a visa but that he would be debuting in February. In storyline MVP was brought in to the promotion by NOSAWA Rongai, who wanted him to join the villainous Kojima Office, led by Satoshi Kojima. In his debut match for the promotion on February 20, MVP teamed with fellow Kojima Office member Taichi to defeat Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma in a tag team match by making Honma submit to his Take it to the Bank crossface. On March 6, MVP entered the 2011 New Japan Cup, used to determine the new number one contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, defeating Karl Anderson in his first round match.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Ballin' Elbow (Running delayed elbow drop, with theatrics, usually preced by a facebreaker knee smash
- Dragon Screw
- Facebreaker knee smash
- Player's Boot (Big boot#Running big boot to a standing opponent in the corner)
- Snap overhead belly to belly suplex, sometimes to an oncoming opponent
- Snap scoop powerslam
- Three-quarter facelock followed by multiple side knee lifts to the opponent's head
- "The MVP"
- Theme music
Championships and accomplishments
- SCW Florida Champion (1 time)
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship (1 time , Current)