Hassan Hamin Assad Biography
Hassan Hamin AssadÂ (bornÂ Alvin Burke, Jr.),Â better known by hisÂ ring nameÂ Montel Vontavious PorterÂ (MVP), is anÂ AmericanÂ professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenure withÂ World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE),Â and his time inÂ New Japan Pro Wrestling. Assad was trained by former professional wrestlersÂ Soulman Alex GÂ andÂ Norman Smiley.
Â Following the completion of his training, Assad began wrestling for numerousÂ independent promotions, including a stint inÂ Total Nonstop Action Wrestling(TNA).Â During his time in these promotions, he won various championships in singles competition. Assad signed with WWE in 2005 and was assigned toÂ Deep South WrestlingÂ (DSW), one of the company'sÂ developmental territories.
After being promoted to theÂ SmackDownÂ brand, Assad made his WWE wrestling debut in October 2006.Â In 2007, he won theÂ United States Championship, giving him his first title reign with the company.Â His reign was the longest since WWE came into possession of the championship in 2001 and the third longest in the title's entire history. That same year, he captured theÂ Tag Team ChampionshipÂ alongsideÂ Matt Hardy.
Â Assad won the United States Championship for a second time on March 17, 2009.Â Following his tenure in WWE, Assad joinedÂ New Japan Pro WrestlingÂ (NJPW) in February 2011. He would spend the next two years with the promotion, becoming the inauguralÂ IWGP Intercontinental ChampionÂ in May 2011.