Hassan Hamin Assad (born Alvin Burke, Jr.; October 28, 1973), better known by his ring name Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP), is an American professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he was the inaugural IWGP Intercontinental Champion. He is best known for his tenure with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
MVP was trained by former professional wrestlers Soulman Alex G and Norman Smiley. MVP wrestled for numerous independent promotions early in his career, including a stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). During his time in these promotions, he won various championships in singles competition. MVP signed with WWE in 2005 and was assigned to WWE's developmental territory Deep South Wrestling (DSW) in McDonough, Georgia.
After being promoted to the SmackDown brand, Porter made his WWE wrestling debut in October 2006. In 2007, he captured the WWE United States Championship, making it his first title reign with the company. His reign was the longest since WWE came into possession of the championship in 2001 and the third longest in the title's entire history. That same year, MVP captured the WWE Tag Team Championship alongside Matt Hardy. He won the United States Championship for the second time on March 17, 2009.
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