Montel Vontavious Porter, better known as MVP, has slowly built his own group within WWE in recent weeks known as The Hurt Business.
The self-proclaimed “United States Champion” has recruited Bobby Lashley and (at time of writing) 24/7 Champion Shelton Benjamin into said alliance so far and has spoken about wanting to create a fully-fledged faction.
They have been compared recently to the iconic, Nation of Domination. The group was based around black wrestlers teaming together and featured the likes of Farooq, The Rock, D’Lo Brown, and many more at different stages of the group’s tenure.
MVP however, said on the Say Less with Kaz And Lowkey podcast that he doesn’t think it would be a good idea to reform the classic faction.
““No, no, short answer is no, because I’ve been hearing the chatter and I’ve been seeing that and I don’t wanna do the new anything. The Nation was done, it was awesome in the time that it was done. It was needed, stars were made. I don’t wanna rehash something else, I wanna bring something new, and I don’t necessarily, in our approach to The Hurt Business, me and Bobby, as you know are legitimate friends away from wrestling. We boys. Shelton is one of my closest friends. I just like making money with my friends, you know what I’m saying? And I see young, talented guys — I asked to worked with Apollo. I said, ‘Give me him, let me work with him. I know we can get it out of him.’ He’s got it, he’s tremendously talented. He just needs a little coaxing, he just needs a little help, some understanding and me and Apollo, we’ll work on things together, we’ll have conversations before certain segments and he’s coachable. That’s why he’s been successful. Now I’ve always wanted to work with Ricochet. Ricochet has been one of my favourite dudes for years. I used to tell him, ‘If you could talk like you wrestle, you’d be a millionaire.’ I used to tell him that all the time and now, unfortunately, I also tell him all the time now, ‘At this stage of my career, I can’t have the kind of match that I’d like to have with you, but we can still have a great match just because of my veteranship and understanding of how things go’ but, I have no interest in rehashing the Nation of Domination and while I do wanna present myself and Bobby and Shelton as strong black role models, successful, we’re businessmen.””
He went on to further his feelings on being a role model for young black men
“We’re not trying to make a statement on race. We’re trying to just make a statement, and in our case, what we’re trying to do, it’s not about black or white, it’s about gold and green, and at that point, I love the fact that there are young men of color that can watch us and go, ‘Oh, I wanna be like them’ because when I was a kid, I used to wanna be like Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas. ‘Man, when I grow up, I wanna look like that. I wanna be like them.’”
We have yet to see who else MVP brings into the fold, however he seems to express that he has interest in names such as Apollo Crews and also Ricochet.
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Thanks to Post Wrestling for transcribing the quotes from the podcast.