Former WWE star MVP spoke with the Mirror. Here are the highlights.
His time in WWE:
“Sure, absolutely. I think about that young kid who grew up in Florida with a single mom and in poverty, essentially. I made some bad decisions and was able to overcome that because Vince McMahon gave me an opportunity. Society said ‘You’re an ex-convict, we’ll give you a minimum wage job,’ but Vince said ‘Hey, you’re talented, let’s give you an opportunity.’ I was able to travel the world as one of WWE’s top talents. I was able to take people that I watched on television with awe and make them my peers and my colleagues, and I was a two-time United States Champion and a Tag Team Champion. So I look back and go ‘Wow – I’m in the history books!'”
Never being a main eventer in WWE:
“Well, I wouldn’t say regret because it was never something I could control. So you can’t ever really have regrets over things you literally have no control of. Should I have been a WWE Champion? A lot of people seem to think so and I certainly do because anytime you lace up your boots, you do it to be the absolute best. But there are some legends like Mr Perfect and Scott Hall – guys who were definitely top-tier with amazing careers that never really had the chance to hold the top belt. But that’s fine, because at the end of the day, like I said, I look at my body of work and I’m in the history books and was one of the longest-reigning United States Champions in history. I’ve been a champion at every promotion I’ve been at, so I would have liked a chance to show that I could have been a top champion, but I don’t think it takes away from my overall history.”