A not-so-valuable approach to a Wolverine

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March 29, 2007

Earning a spot on the WrestleMania roster is a lifelong dream for most WWE Superstars. However, there are a select number who earn the privilege, and are not as grateful as one might think.

SmackDown's "franchise playa" Montel Vontavious Porter is a prime example.

For someone making their WrestleMania debut, and whose first opponent is United States Champion Chris Benoit - an established technician with aggressive mat skills - MVP hasn't seemed all that preoccupied with what he needs to do to win.

When WWE.com reminded the high-profile playboy that Benoit captured the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 2000 and the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX, MVP still saw no reason to back down from his assertion that the future of sports-entertainment consists of three letters - "M-V-P."

"I'm half-man, half-amazing," he bragged. "It doesn't matter if Godzilla had the title I'd be taking it from him. First, I'll take the U.S. Championship, and then I'll move on to the World Heavyweight Championship."

Since capturing United States gold on SmackDown last October, the Rabid Wolverine has fought with fierce passion to retain his prize. The zest in which Benoit has defended his title has caused some to suggest that MVP may have bitten off more than he can chew. And with few mouths on earth as big as MVP's, that could mean he committed an egregious error.

"The some people who think I was wrong for calling out Benoit don't make a fraction of the money I make. So what do they know?" remarked an irritated MVP.

Maybe it's the money that hinders MVP from comprehending just how important this opportunity is for him. Or, perhaps he's too concentrated on purchasing bigger luxury cars, lavish Brooks Brothers suits and swooning luscious Divas to realize that he'll enter unfamiliar territory when he steps into the ring at Ford Field. Meanwhile, Benoit has been to WrestleMania before, and those first-time jitters will be long behind him.

With a glaring grin and a confident swagger, MVP added, "All the WrestleMania fans should be ecstatic that I'll grace their presence. What does it mean for Benoit to go against me in my first WrestleMania is the real question. He's been doing this his whole life, and he doesn't make a fraction of the money I do. You figure it out."

Bringing up a paycheck to Benoit seems inconsequential. It's obvious from his career accomplishments that the importance in sports-entertainment for the Rabid Wolverine lies with one thing-winning. MVP's words have given him a huge obstacle to hurdle. Will he live up to his boasts? Or will Benoit shove his boot into one of the largest mouths in WWE history? At WrestleMania 23 in less than three days, those questions will be answered.

Catch WrestleMania 23 on pay-per-view on Sunday, April 1 at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT.

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