MVP debuted in 2006 with an apparent agent discussing his contract with then-SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long – but it turns out Long was the agent as well!
A forgotten aspect of early MVP trivia in WWE is that the future United States Champion came into the company with a mysterious agent negotiating a deal between him and SmackDown’s general manager Theodore Long.
The identity of this agent went unknown for the entire duration of the character’s run. Instead, a video was uploaded to WWE’s official website in September 2006, announcing MVP was joining SmackDown for the alleged most lucrative contract in blue brand history.
Andrew Goldstein, a former writer with WWE, has spilt the details on who, exactly, this was intended to be. Speaking on the Universal Wrestling Podcast, he reports that the mystery agent was meant to be Teddy Long himself! He explained how this would work:
“The original end to the story was that Teddy Long was going to be his agent and that it was going to be a Teddy Long heel turn as like, he was playing both sides. ‘I’m the GM of Smackdown, but I’m also representing this high-priced free agent’. But then, Teddy couldn’t take bumps and there was just like, no upside to having Teddy as a working manager. So we never really paid off the whole story of who MVP’s agent was.”
The agent remained an on-screen WWE figure alongside MVP from his debut on 4 August 2006 right through to his contract announcement almost two months later. MVP would then debut, without his agent, during that October’s No Mercy pay-per-view.
Originally signed to WWE between 2005 and 2010, MVP enjoyed immense success in the company, holding both the United States and Tag Team Championships, the former of which he held for 343 days; the longest since Rick Rude in 1991. He returned during the 2020 Royal Rumble match and is currently aligned with Omos.