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MVP Discusses His WWE Departure and Paying Tribute to Benoit in His Matches

– Former WWE Superstar MVP spoke with The LAW this weekend. Here’s what he said about Chris Benoit and his WWE departure. The full interview can be downloaded here.

Paying tribute to Chris Benoit in his matches:

“I can’t comment on how the WWE organization chooses to run their business regarding Chris’ memory. It’s a business decision, and that’s up to them. Personally, Chris Benoit was my friend and my mentor. The Chris Benoit that I knew that took me underneath his wing, that allowed me into his world, that allowed me into his home, that wasn’t the guy that committed that heinous act that day. Anyone that knows Chris, the few people that were in his inner circle, know how much he loved his family. So what I say is, people forget how fragile the human psyche actually is. Everyday people lose their mind, snap, and do horrible things. Up until that point, Chris Benoit was one of the greatest people I’d ever known. He was as good a person outside the ring as he was a performer inside the ring. As much as it pains me to have to consider how he died, I have to consider why. He literally lost his mind, there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. My friend and mentor made the ultimate mistake, and then he paid for it with the ultimate sacrifice. I can’t forget everything that he was to me prior to that point. Everything that he did for me, everything that he offered to me selflessly of himself. I say that when I do that rolling German (suplex) spot, yeah, that’s in honor of my friend and mentor. When I do that variation of the Crossface, that’s a hat-tip to my friend and mentor. I can say that he was a huge part of the reason I was successful in the WWE, because he took me under his wing and helped me be a force, to be a player mentally, and I’ll never forget that, no matter what anyone has to say.”

His exit from the WWE:

“I just saw some things coming that just didn’t feel right; it started to feel like a job, I felt like I was coming to work. I respect Vince’s vision, but it just wasn’t what I wanted. I didn’t want to be a television soap-opera superstar, I wanted to be a professional wrestler. I always wanted to wrestle in Japan, it was always a dream of mine, and I just wasn’t happy. I went to John Laurinaitis, who had been trying to get me to come to his office to re-sign a contract, because I had about a year left on my deal. I was just ready to go, and I explained that to him, and I said, ‘I’d like to go to Japan.’ He’s known about my feelings for Japan, how I always wanted to go. Johnny Ace actually had a 10 year career in Japan, so we would talk about Japanese wrestling all the time. He was sympathetic to my position, and he spoke to Vince on my behalf, and they were gracious enough to grant me my release. We’re on good terms, the door’s open. I could come back at any time, at least that’s what was discussed, but right now I’m literally living my dream in Japan.”

  • Valo487

    Good for him, I’m glad people can still be happy in this profession.

  • JIR

    MVP one of the Top 10 talents not in the WWE

  • breezy

    I believe chris benoit’s death really had a big decision in mvp’s choice to leave. he only mentions benoit whenever he does a interview. and he doesnt burn his bridges because he knows his right from wrongs.

  • Ronni

    I’m hoping after a year or two, MVP will decide to make a return because hes a future WM main eventer with alot of potential and charisma

  • lazlo woodbine

    It’s not WWE money I guess, but he seems to be on an exclusive contract with NJPW, so he’ll be doing ok money-wise. The big thing is that he seems to be enjoying the experience, and even improving, from what I’ve seen.

  • F BOMB

    @CC 100% agree. To make money you got 2 be in the WWE no ifs ands or buts about it

  • CC

    See Gail Kim and Matt Hardy, this is how you ask for your release without burning bridges.
    MVP wasnt happy, and like Hardy and Kim asked for his release, but unlike them he is sensible enough to realise that if he wants to make some coin in this game, you dont make yourself unhirable by the biggest name in the business if things dont work outside.