MVP Discusses Leaving WWE, Says John Laurinaitis Gets A Bad Rap, More

Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald has a new article online featuring quotes from MVP. In it, the former WWE United States Champion discusses the reasons why he left WWE. Below is an excerpt:

“I guess more than anything it was that my contract was coming to a close,” MVP said. “I had a year left on my contract. [Executive vice president of talent relations] John Laurinaitis was coming to me to re-sign like he had a number of times. I had actually been avoiding him because I hadn’t made my decision yet. I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I hadn’t come to terms with my decision.“On a professional level it was a culmination of a lot of things. I just wasn’t happy anymore and felt I wasn’t being given the opportunities that I had been given previously. It was time for me to make a decision, and I didn’t want to re-sign. I asked if I could be out of that final year so I could go and pursue my original dream of wrestling in Japan.”

“I have to say John Laurinaitis gets a bad rap from a lot of people,” MVP said. “He is in a really crappy position. His job makes you very unpopular. He and I had a good relationship. He was the guy that hired me and gave me my first opportunity. John Laurinaitis, a.k.a. Johnny Ace, spent 10 years in Japan with the All Japan [Pro Wrestling] promotion. He and I would talk about Japanese wrestling all the time over beers.”

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  • @RatedMKD

    Conversations with Laurinaitis over beers? I sure hope that alcohol injects a bit of excitement into "Mr Excitement"'s tone of voice…

    • j8duong

      that's Mr. John Laurinaitis, Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim Raw General Manager to you!

  • Patrick_Peralta

    Everyone in wrestling and all wrestling fans know Japan is the place to go to learn to wrestle They Take Wrestling seriously in japan and the fans their have a lot of respect for the bussiness they don't look down on it as some people do here in the U.S that are not fans. plus you can make good money there.

    The fans in Japan may not be as vocal in the arena as they are in the U.S. but they have respect for the wrestlers and the bussiness. they are more quite and enjoy the show.

    • ease9310

      But I want MVP to stay on WWE,and stay their untill,he's to old,and get's,like out of the WWE.MVP stand for most valuable player,and I think he iactually kinda is.MVP has a lot of talent.And if he does go,and wrestle in Japan,hardly know one will know him.

      • sean

        Its not all about the fame if he can make alot of money doing what he loves then all for him plus the way wwe were using him he would probably not get anywere

      • Bradley

        First of all, learn how to spell, no one will take your comments seriously if they can hardly understand them. Putting that aside, I don't blame MVP at all for leaving the wwe, for a while he was getting built up but then he started to be be used less and less and less, to a point he was in no matches that mattered and would appear more on shows like Superstars, which is a show that's more meant for lower talent and guys trying out. Japan is a great place to go to further your skills and I hope one day he considers going to impact wrestling, I think he'd be good there.

  • Yomamanme

    Who is the Executive PRESIDENT of Talent Relations?

    • Ruck

      Mr. Vincent Kennedy McMahon!

  • brad Garrett

    MVP is a great athletic.

    • XKonn247

      And you’re a fantastic spelling!

      • sean

        You can't make a single spelling mistake on this site without grammar snobs like you jumping all over it

  • BigMike

    Johnny Ace might get a bad rep problem is his head is stuck so far up Vinnie Mac's ass that we really dont know the type of person he is