CORPUS CHRISTI-The first argument made by those who don't like pro wrestling is usually, "Because it's fake." While it is scripted, there are some very real lives behind the characters in the ring. One of those was on display at the American Bank Center Tuesday night. MVP has lived between the ropes and behind bars.
Just like his pre-show entrance. MVP said his life, these days, is spectacular. He's the WWE Smackdown U.S. Champion, carrying the brash persona of a self-obsessed athlete to the ring night after night.
MVP revealed, "All of the personal characteristics of MVP are me, with the volume cranked way up."
He is cherishing every decibel. After all, MVP was once known only as Alvin Burke, Jr., a young man sentenced at 16 years of age to serve 18 and one-half years in a Florida prison for armed robbery and kidnapping.
MVP added, "During my time in prison I did everything I could to make myself better and work toward my release."
He was released in 1999, after serving little more than half of his sentence. It is sobering for him to think his freedom was originally targeted for this year.
When reminded of that fact, MVP replied, "I never thought about it. I guess so. This would be the year huh? It never crossed my mind once. The day I was released, I never looked back. Wrestling, essentially, saved my life. Once I discovered professional wrestling, I set a new goal: to be the best professional wrestler on the planet. You know, the main event."