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Real name: Hassan Assad (born: Alvin Banks Jr.)
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 252 lbs.
Date of birth: October 28, 1973
Hometown: Liberty City, FL
Pro debut: 2001
Trained by: Alex G.
Finishing move: Playmaker

Biography

- Starting aged 16, Banks served half of an 18.5 year prison sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping. While serving his sentence, he converted to Islam, leading to the name change
- Assad made his wrestling debut in 2001, after getting into the business on the recommendation of his corrections officer
- On August 31, 2002, Assad (as Antonio Banks) & Punisher defeated Animal House (Jeff Roth & Anthony Michaels) to win the FOW Tag Team Titles. They would hold the titles until the promotion closed the following year
- In 2003-4, Antonio Banks made several appearances in TNA
- On February 19, 2005, Assad appeared on a Ring of Honor show, as Homicide defeated Antonio Banks to retain the FIP Heavyweight Title
- On August 20, 2005, Antonio Banks defeated Bruno Sassi & The Blackhart in a 3-Way Match to win the CCW Heavyweight Title
- In 2005, Assad signed a WWE development deal and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling. Here he originally used the Antonio Banks ring name, but later developed the Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) persona
- On August 4, 2006, MVP debuted on Smackdown, described as a ‘coveted free agent’. In the following weeks, his storyline involved his agent negotiating a contract with Teddy Long
- On September 20, 2006, it was announced that MVP had become a full-time Smackdown wrestler
- At No Mercy 2006, MVP made his WWE in-ring debut, defeating Marty Garner
- At Judgment Day 2007, MVP defeated Chris Benoit 2-0 in a two-out-of-three falls match to win the WWE United States Title
- At Vengeance 2007, MVP defeated Ric Flair to retain the WWE United States Title
- At The Great American Bash 2007, MVP defeated Matt Hardy to retain the WWE United States Title
- In August 2007, Assad was diagnosed with the heart condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He underwent successful treatment with Dr Fred Feuerbach and didn’t miss any TV time, though he stepped back from in-ring competition for a short time
- On August 28, 2007, MVP & Matt Hardy defeated Deuce n Domino to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
- At Unforgiven 2007, MVP & Hardy defeated Deuce n Domino to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
- At SummerSlam 2008, MVP defeated Jeff Hardy
- On March 17, 2009, MVP defeated Shelton Benjamin to regain the WWE United States Title
- At SummerSlam 2009, MVP defeated Jack Swagger
- At Survivor Series 2009, Team Kingston (Kofi Kingston, Christian, Mark Henry, MVP & R-Truth) defeated Team Orton (Randy Orton, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase & William Regal)
- At Survivor Series 2010, Team Mysterio (Rey Mysterio, The Big Show, Kofi Kingston, MVP & Chris Masters) defeated Team Del Rio (Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre & Tyler Reks)
- On December 2, 2010, MVP was granted a release from his WWE contract

- On May 15, 2011, MVP defeated Toru Yano in the final of a tournament to become the first IWGP Intercontinental Champion
- In June 2011, Assad released his first single, titled ‘Holla to the World’. The video, released in October, featured Carlito & Hernandez
- On June 18, 2011, MVP defeated Toru Yano to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
- On July 18, 2011, MVP again defeated Toru Yano to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
- In October 2011, Assad competed in the first season of Wrestling Retribution Project (WRP) as ‘Lord of War’
- At NJPW Wrestle Kingdom VI, MVP & Shelton Benjamin defeated Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
- On the January 30, 2014 edition of Impact Wrestling, MVP was revealed as the mystery investor in TNA


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