MVPAlvin Burke, Jr.
- Birthdate: 10/28/1973 (age 42)
- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 252 Ib
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On working for Wrestling Revolution:. "I was adamant about not being on TV in the US. I don't do very many indies. All I want to do really is work in Japan, but when he told me about his concept of doing a wrestling show that was broken down into episodic TV. Having a wrestling show for ‘smart' fans with more intense intellectual content, that is what caught me. When he told me about the character he had for me, I enjoyed it. I thought it was a challenge to be a professional wrestler on a show and not be MVP. That is what everybody would recognize me as, so I went out of my way to adopt a persona and in-ring style that was totally different from MVP would do or has done. So the challenge of performing as someone other than MVP was the main thing that caught my attention. I liked Jeff's vision. It's not competing with WWE. In fact, the WRP is a really cool concept and goes beyond your typical wrestling show."
On his WRP character: "My character is the Lord of War, an Iraq war veteran returning to the US with a sense of entitlement," MVP revealed. "He feels betrayed by his country. Typically in the world of wrestling your war hero is a good guy. You want to cheer for him. In this case, the Lord of War is not a good guy at all. He is very anti-American. He feels he and his brothers in arms have been betrayed by his country and the establishment. It says a lot of truth that most people find hard to stomach. You have the good old red, white and blue who are all the good guys. No, we are not all the good guys. That is what we are told and perception, it's not always true. When you see how the U.S. government has treated a lot of the war veterans returning, it's atrocious. Many of them young guys, 19 and 20 years old, lost limbs for a war in Iraq that personally I don't think we should have been in. I don't think the U.S. should have gone there. When I look at the veterans returning who are homeless, or can't find work, or just aren't being taken care of. You ask these guys to fight, and they did. Some of them have sustained so much psychological and emotional damage, their families have suffered, and now you don't want to take care of them. It's ridiculous. That is part of where the Lord of War comes from. It's not something you see on a wrestling show."
On his first musical performance in San Antonio: "It was exhilarating. I'm a performer. I laugh at those who have not responded positively. There are the detractors. Most of the people who are detractors haven't done or accomplished anything in their whole lives. They love to take away from people who are doing things. I was a rapper before I was a wrestler. I wrote my first rap when I was in sixth grade after hearing Run-DMC's ‘Darryl and Joe.' I thought, ‘Man that is awesome. I want to do that.' ‘Holla to the World' is originally something I wrote for fun. It grew legs."
On his music: "I'm working on an EP/mixtape in the next year," MVP said. "I'm going to just have fun with it. There are some things in the works. Once I release my EP/mixtape there are going to be a lot of performances in support of it. I don't know where just yet, but I have a plan. I've been working with Wendy Day, who is well known in the rap community for representing up-and-coming artists or taking established artists to the next level. She is representing me now, so that is going to help me so I don't make a lot of mistakes. I'm familiar with the entertainment world, but the music world is a completely different animal. I have momma Wendy holding my hand so I can be successful in this endeavor."
On potentially working with John Cena on a rap project: "John and I talked about that recently. It irks me when I hear people talk about John Cena in a negative way. John Cena draws so much ire from people because WWE has literally shoved him down people's throats as the All American good guy babyface. People get sick of it. Whether you like him or not, you can't deny John is an amazing entertainer. I think some of that shallow dislike and hatred for him goes...