Teddy Long was going to be WWE MVP’s on-screen agent


When MVP was featured on WWE television, Teddy Long was supposed to be his “agent”.

15 years after making his first appearance on WWE television, MVP is with WWE Today and is currently the on-screen manager of Omos while also being an active in-ring performer.

When MVP was brought onto WWE TV in 2006, he was referred to as a “free agent” and often stated that his invisible agent handled his contract negotiations. Former WWE writer Andrew Goldstein was a guest on The Universal Wrestling Podcast and shared that the plan was for Teddy Long to be the MVP agent. It was supposed to be a heel turn for Teddy, but it didn’t work because Teddy couldn’t take bumps.

The original ending to the story [MVP’s introduction to WWE TV] was that Teddy Long was going to be his agent and it was going to be like a heel turn from Teddy Long like, you know, he was playing both sides of the coin. “I’m the GM of SmackDown but I’m also representing this high-priced free agent and now I’m quitting my GM job and just going MVP” but then, you know, Teddy couldn’t take bumps and there was just no benefit to having Teddy as your work manager. We never really paid the whole story of who MVP’s agent was and all that.

Goldstein felt that during his time in WWE, he may have outgrown some areas. He dove into it and explained that from the start, he would join in on the banter and impressions of wrestlers and fellow wrestlers.

He mentioned that the right to do so would have to be earned and that there would be producers like Michael Hayes who would take offense to Goldstein by shedding light on a company he has been in for most of his life.

You know, to be self-critical, I think – again, I come from a comedic background and I kind of wanted to bring that – I wore that as a badge of honor in this job [WWE creative] and I wanted to bring that to the work that I was doing and so, because I came from kind of a comedic background like — there was a lot of comedy and banter in our personal writer meetings and then in TV production meetings . I mean, it was a sight to behold to see Brian Gewirtz sitting at the head of the table with Vince [McMahon] and Kevin Dunn and Michael Hayes walking through the show and making impressions on everyone in the room and making jokes that broke Vince and so, I would see this and be like, oh, I can do this… so I probably took a few liberties that someone like Brian who had earned the respect for doing that. I probably took a few liberties like, confidently with wrestlers that I thought I was cool with – like 100% cool with. Like doing an impression of a wrestler but then it’s like this word comes out and it’s like, ‘Who? What? This new guy? You know? I just didn’t have the gravity of – so I kind of misjudged that kind of thing and then also, guys like Michael Hayes, I didn’t realize how much their life was, no ? Michael Hayes since he was a teenager has been in the wrestling business and he has never known another life and so, to shit on something wrestling related in his presence where everyone could laugh , Michael Hayes is like, yo, this is my life. He would take it personally and so it’s things like that. It’s almost like working in a newsroom. You have to earn your freedom to be a sarcastic asshole, you know? You can’t just come out in force, crack jokes and make impressions on people.

MVP was in action on the 6/13 Monday Night Raw and picked up a win over Cedric Alexander. For a recap of this show, check out the latest episode of Rewind-A-Raw.

If quotes from this article are used, please credit The Universal Wrestling Podcast with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcripts.

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