How much is WWE MVP’s net worth? The professional wrestler from Miami, Florida, has an estimated net worth of US$1.05 million. In addition to WWE, he is also known for his time with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). His wrestling achievements include being a two-time WWE United States Champion, the inaugural IWGP Intercontinental Champion and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion which he earned with Matt Hardy. He formed a wrestling stable named The Hurt Business alongside Bobby Lashley which was previously joined by Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin in 2020.
When did he first signed with WWE?
He was signed to WWE in 2005 for the first time after which he was assigned to its development territory named Deep South Wrestling (DSW). In October 2006, he made his WWE wrestling debut after being promoted to the SmackDown brand. He was departing from WWE in 2010 after which he moved to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in early 2011 which he left in 2013. He then returned to the independent circuit and started making appearances in WWE, Ring of Honor (ROH) and Impact Wrestling.
How old is MVP?
He was born on October 28, 1973, which makes his age be 48 years old as of 2021.
What is his real name?
His birth name is Alvin Antonio Burke Jr. However, his legal name is Hassan Hamin Assad. However, he is popular by his ring name Montel Vontavious Porter (often stylized as MVP). His other ring names are Antonio Banks, Lord of War and Antonio Bank$.
How tall is Montel Vontavious Porter? His fitness and lifestyle
The two-time WWE United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter (NVP) stands at a tall height of 6 feet and 3 inches or 191 cm. He weighs about 259 lbs or 117 kilograms. He is a fitness freak who regularly practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has earned the rank of purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In the Masters 3 Ultra Heavyweight Division, he won the Gold medal at the Houston Open. He is the winner of the silver at The World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship and gold in the Open Division at the Houston Open.
Religion: Is MVP Muslim?
He was sentenced to jail for armed robbery and kidnapping at the age of 16 during which he converted to Islam from Christianity. He even changed his name to ‘Hassan Hamin Assad’ after converting to Islam. However, he describes himself as an ‘Athiest’ now.
Is he married?
Hassan Hamin Assad (Montel Vontavious Porter) is an unmarried man. He is single and is fully focused on his wrestling career. He is one of those professional wrestlers who give special precaution in maintaining a low personal profile. However, it is known that he has a son born from his previous relationship.
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Did MVP really get burned?
On December 17, 2006, MVP suffered first-degree burns during his Inferno Match with Kane. He was taken to the burn unit of a Richmond hospital.
Where did he grow up?
Although he was born in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Florida, he spent most of his early days in Opa-locka, Florida. His parents are Alvin Antonio Burke Sr. (father) and Lynne Magruder (mother). His father was a police officer by profession.
Why was he jailed?
At the age of 12, he joined a graffiti gang after which he was sent to a juvenile detention center after a robbery for six months. He was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping for which he spent nine-and-a-half years of an 18-and-a-half-year prison sentence. He has faced difficulties while planning his visits to other countries on international tours because of his past criminal records.
How did he start wrestling?
While in prison, a corrections officer who was working as a wrestler in the independent circuit helped him enter the professional wrestling business. He received training from former professional wrestlers Norman Smiley and Soulman Alex G after which he made his wrestling debut on August 10, 2002.
With ring name ‘Antonio Banks’, he appeared in different promotion on the independent circuit including Future of Wrestling (FOW) and Full Impact Pro (FIP). On February 19, 2005, he faced Homicide (Nelson Erazo) at the Ring of Honor show Do or Die IV for the World Heavyweight Championship. He also appeared on April 20, 2003, episode of TNA Xplosion and also partnered with Sal Rinauro on August 6, 2004, episode of Impact! Where they lost to “Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm and “Wildcat” Chris Harris (America’s Most Wanted).
Starting a career in WWE
He made a big breakthrough by signing a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2005 after which he was assigned to Deep South Wrestling. He appeared as ‘Antonio Banks’ in his early appearances but later he developed Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) in-ring persona presenting him as a self-obsessed and arrogant athlete. He appeared in one of the episodes of SmackDown! on January 13, 2005, as a police officer alongside Kurt Angle in the ring.
He made his first appearance as MVP on the August 4, 2006 episode of SmackDown. His in-ring debut was made on October 8, 2006, at No Mercy where he faced and defeated Marty Garner. He demanded a tougher competitor to face on the following episode of SmackDown! which was answered by Kane marking his SmackDown! debut. MVP and Kane started having feuds and faced each other in a Street Fight and Steel Cage match. He also teamed with Mr. Kennedy to face the reunited Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane). He lost to Kane at Armageddon from which he went through first-degree burns which made him ‘out of action’ for a short time.
After Kane, his new feud started with WWE United States Champion Chris Benoit. On April 1, 2007, he defeated Benoit at WrestleMania 23 making him the new holder of the United States Championship which was also his first WWE title. He was able to retain his title from Ric Flair by defeating him at Vengeance: Night of Champions on June 24, 2007.
AS a champion, he started a feud with Matt Hardy whom he defeated at The Great American Bash on July 22, 2007. However, MVP and Hardy teamed to face Deuce ‘n Domino (Deuce Shade and Dice Domino) to earn the WWE Tag Team Championship. The victory made MVP a double champion. They lost the WWE Tag Team Championship title to John Morrison and The Miz and couldn’t grab it back losing in the rematch. After the match, the MVP attacked Hardy especially on his knee and the storyline stated that Hardy got injured making him “out of action”.
After that, he got a small feud with Rey Mysterio with whom he lost a title match by count-out. He was also defeated by Ric Flair a career-threatening match at the Royal Rumble on January 27, 2008. On March 30, he participated the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match at WrestleMania XXIV, for a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity where he was choke slammed by The Undertaker and eliminated by Finlay.
He participated in the Money in the Bank ladder match during which Matt Hardy made a surprise return costing MVP to lose the match. Matt defeated him at Backlash on April 27, 2008, ending his record of the third-longest reign of the WWE era in the entire history of the championship. The record was later broken by Dean Ambrose, a former member of The Shield. MVP lost the rematch to get his title back against Hardy.
He also had a short feud with Indian Wrestler The Great Khali. He defeated Big Show with help from Triple H in a Last Man Standing match on the January 16, 2009 episode of SmackDown. He defeated Shelton Benjamin marking his second win in the United States Championship on the 500th episode of SmackDown which took place on March 20, 2009.
He was drafted to the Raw brand as a part of the 2009 WWE draft as the first overall pick. As he was holding WWE United States Champion, he made the history of transferring the title to the Raw brand for the first time. On the June 1 episode of Raw, he was defeated by Kofi Kingston making him lose his title. Later, he had a feud with Jack Swagger whom he defeated at SummerSlam on April 23, 2009.
He and Mark Henry teamed together to face Chris Jericho and The Big Show (Jeri-Show) challenging for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. They were defeated by Jeri-Show at the Breaking Point pay-per-view on September 13, 2009.
He faced The Miz on January 31, 2010, at Royal Rumble. He participated in the match in a losing effort to earn the WWE United States Championship. They both competed in the Royal Rumble match where MVP was surprisingly attacked by The Miz who hadn’t yet made an official entrant. He wasn’t eliminated but got injured and was able to quickly recover and entered the match where he eliminated himself alongside The Miz.
MVP challenged The Miz for the title again for which they faced at the February 21 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view but he lost the match following the interference from Big Show. On March 28, 2010, he participated at WrestleMania XXVI in a losing effort at the Bank ladder match.
He was drafted back to the SmackDown brand in 2010 where he made his return on the April 30 episode. He teamed with Rey Mysterio to defeat Luke Gallows and CM Punk. He became the number one contendership of Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental Championship by winning a triple threat match against Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes. However, he couldn’t win the title match against Dolph Ziggler in the following week’s SmackDown.
He was part of the Team Mysterio alongside Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, The Big Show and Chris Masters who faced Team Del Rio including Alberto Del Rio, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, Tyler Reks and Jack Swagger at Survivor Series on November 21, 2010. Rey Mysterio and Big Show became the sole survivors marking the victory of Team Mysterio. On December 2, 2010, he was released from the WWE contract.
The following year, he has joined the New Japan Pro Wrestling after signing a one-year contract. On February 26, 2013, he announced his plan of being focused on his television project with Lionsgate Television for which he would be leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling. He used the ‘MVP’ ring name to enter Impact Wrestling where he was introduced as the storyline “investor” of TNA. He officially left TNA on July 17, 2015, where he made a cameo appearance on September 13, 2019, challenging Chavo Guerrero Jr. for WCR’s World Class Championship.
After that, he has wrestled for many wrestling promotions like Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore (HOH), Lucha Underground, All Pro Wrestling (APW), Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling, Turkish Power Wrestling, World Class Revolution (WCR), Major League Wrestling and Mexican promotion Nación Lucha Lib¬¬re.
He returned to Ring of Honor (ROH) on January 25, 2019, appearing on their Road To G1 Supercard show where he debuted as a surprise partner of Kenny King. They defeated Colt Cabana and Willie Mack making them reach the Tag Wars tournament. They reached the semi-finals of the tournament where they lost to PCO and Brody King.
He returned back to WWE as a guest WWE legend for the 25th-anniversary episode of Raw on January 22, 2018. He participated in the Royal Rumble match on January 26, 2020, entering at number 12 marking his first time in a WWE ring in 10 years. He was scheduled to face Rey Mysterio whom he lost the match on the next night on Raw. He welcomed Drew McIntyre as the 2020 Royal Rumble winner “The VIP Lounge” where he advised McIntyre who attacked him.
Later, it was revealed that he was hired by WWE as a backstage producer. He was defeated by Apollo Crews on the April 20 episode of Raw depriving him to get qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match. He was scheduled to face R-Truth on May 10, 2020, at Money in the Bank but was replaced by Bobby Lashley. Later, MVP started managing Lashley to face Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship but they lost the match following the altercation between MVP and Lana (Lashley’s storyline wife).
MVP and Lashley were joined by Shelton Benjamin forming The Hurt Business on the July 20 episode of Raw. He started having a feud with the United States Champion Apollo Crews whom he lost two times. The Hurt Business was joined by Cedric Alexander who betrayed Crews and Ricochet during a six-man tag team match on the September 7 episode of Raw.
On December 20, 2020, MVP was present when Benjamin and Alexander won the Raw Tag Team Championship by defeating The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods). He went from a leg injury in early 2021 after which he started using a crutch to move around. He also made his appearance on the March 1 episode of Raw. when Bobby Lashley won the WWE Championship by defeating The Miz in a Lumberjack match.
The Hurt Business suffered from internal issues when Lashley attacked both Alexander and Benjamin after losing to Drew McIntyre in a 2-on-1 handicap match on the March 29 episode of Raw. MVP made a tweet stating that The Hurt Business is still not over and is open for new members to join.
MVP has gained success as a singer too in addition to being a professional wrestler. In June 2011, he released his first hip hop song titled “Holla to da World”. Carlito and Hernandez made cameo appearances for the music video of the song. On April 5, 2012, the track was released through iTunes. His second single titled “Tokyo” was released March 18, 2013, His third single “Return of the Ronin” was released January 30, 2014, and the track was used as the MVP’s entrance theme in TNA. His net worth is also contributed by his income from other media including his musical career.