Montel Vontavious Porter, or MVP, was born as Alvin Burke, Jr. on October 28, 1973 in Liberty City, Florida. Employed by the World Wrestling Federation, he wrestles on the Smackdown brand. Throughout his career, he has worked for numerous independent promotions. He was trained by pro wrestlers Soulman Alex G and Norman Smiley.
When Burke was 12, he joined a gang and spent months in a juvenile detention centre after a robbery. His foray into wrestling came after he completed more than half of his prison sentence, for armed robbery and kidnapping. It was through his corrections officer that he entered the industry, making his debut in 2002. Burke used the name Antonio Banks during his stint in the independent circuits. During that time, he appeared on Full Impact Pro, Future of Wrestling, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
In 2005, Burke signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory called Deep South Wrestling. As a gimmick, he came up with Montel Vontavious Porter or MVP. He made history after he was signed to the largest contract in Smackdown, debuting in 2006 and later proceeded to playing a villain. He started out, feuding with Kane and later with US Champion Chris Benoit.
MVP’s first major feud, however, was over the Championship against Matt Hardy. Porter was legitimately diagnosed with the heart condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, and this was soon written into his storyline. In 2007, he earned his first title with the company when he captured the WWE United States Chmpionship. He also won the Tag Team Championship alongside Matt Hardy.
Despite that, he developed a losing streak that lasted over 5 months, during which he had a short feud with The Great Khali. He finally broke it in January of 2009, defeating The Big Show in a Last Man Standing match. He soon became a fan favorite after winning a match against Chavo Guerrero.