Paul Heyman has discussed his role in bringing MVP back to WWE a decade after the former US Champion originally left.
MVP originally signed with WWE in 2005, enjoying a five-year spell with the company which included two United States Title victories, and a brush with tag team gold alongside Matt Hardy.
After leaving WWE, MVP headed to New Japan before appearing across the independent scene and notably in Ring Of Honor and IMPACT Wrestling. The star finally made a shock return to WWE, a decade after he left, in the 2020 Royal Rumble. Although MVP was quickly eliminated by Brock Lesnar, he went on to join forces with Bobby Lashley, guiding him to WWE Championship glory.
At the time of MVP’s return, Paul Heyman was working as Executive Director of Raw and was later revealed to be instrumental in bringing the former United States Champion back into the fold.
Speaking on The Masked Man podcast Paul Heyman explained how he was instrumental in MVP getting his return to WWE at the Royal Rumble:
“MVP called me when I was executive director of Raw and said, ‘The Rumble is in Houston. You know I have a son. My son never saw me as MVP. Can you get me in the Rumble?’”
“I know how talented he is. I think that life beat him down so bad and he was trying to stay positive and stay inspiring to his son, but I think he forgot the greatness that he had to offer.”
Heyman added that the deal had one condition and that was MVP had to return to Raw on the night after the Rumble but had his pick of opponents:
”I said to him, ‘I’ll make you a deal. I’ll get you in the Rumble if you work Raw the next night. Who do you like? Who do you want to work with?’ He goes, ‘Mysterio.’ I said, ‘Okay, work with Rey Mysterio.'”
MVP will be by the side of Bobby Lashley at the Elimination Chamber as The All Mighty one puts his WWE Title on the line against Riddle, AJ Styles, Austin Theory, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, and a man Paul Heyman knows very well, Brock Lesnar.