Chris Van Vliet passed along the following.
I wanted to pass along the interview I did with MVP at Coastal Championship Wrestling in Coral Springs, FL last night.
He talked about how he is not a fan of intergender wrestling, how he was able to kick out of The Undertaker’s chokeslam, CM Punk, balancing wrestling with fatherhood and whether or not he’d want to return to WWE after appearing on RAW 25.
Highlights from the interview.
He is not a fan of intergender wrestling:
“Intergender wrestling has become real popular and I’m not a fan of it because I come from a different school of thought in pro wrestling. There are two schools of thought it seems. If you are a fan of intergender wrestling then you look at pro wrestling as scripted entertainment, comic book stuff. And if you played Mortal Kombat or one of those video games, Chun Li could whoop your ass. But if we’re doing suspension of disbelief, there’s not very many women on the planet that can beat me in combat if we’re grappling. There are some female grapplers that can catch that joint or they’ll catch that choke and you’ll tap. But not if I can punch them and not if I can kick them and that kind of changes things. If you approach pro wrestling the way I do which is this is simulated combat and we’re trying to make the fans forget that it’s predetermined, you can’t do that when you’re watching a grown ass man and a woman do really cool stuff.”
With that said, could Ronda Rousey beat him up in real life?
“No. God no. Of course not.”
He always hated his WWE entrance theme:
“I always hated that theme. I never liked that theme. As a matter of fact, I remember the first time they gave it to me I took it home and I listened to it and I was like it’s alright. They then called me and told me Vince wanted to talk to me in the arena. So I went out by the ring and he was like ‘Yeah, come over here MVP let’s listen to your music.’ They played it in the arena and Vince was very unrhythmically bopping to it and he goes ‘What do you think?’ so I said ‘If you like it, I love it boss.'”
He tells a funny story about a fan who had sex to his entrance theme:
“It’s weird when fans come up and they share things with you. At a signing I had a couple come up and this is one of the weirdest but funniest things I’ve ever had. The guy had a United States Championship belt and he wanted me to sign it. His wife was like ‘You are his absolute favorite.’ He would do my whole entrance in the house and whatnot. And she, the wife told me, because he was kind of standing there sheepishly, the wife told me for his birthday she allowed him to have sex with her with the US Championship belt on and to say ‘I’m coming’ and do the whole thing during it.”
Would he want to return to WWE?
“Put it this way, I’ll return when CM Punk returns. No. I’m as busy as I want to be. I don’t want a full time schedule in WWE. I always said I’d be out when I’m 45. I’ll be 45 in October but I still feel good so I think I think I got a couple of years left in me. So I think I’ll just take it year to year. If you’re a fan of professional wrestling especially on the indy scene you see guys that were heroes once upon a time and they stay in the game too long and then they become caricatures of themselves. When it gets to a point where I can’t perform at a level that I feel is adequate then I’m done at that point. I’ve always said that I want to walk away I don’t want to limp away. I’m starting to limp now so the time is near.”
How he kicked out of The Undertaker’s chokeslam:
“Well let’s put it like this somebody was supposed to make a save and they weren’t there. I heard this little growl ‘kick out.’ So I kicked out of the chokeslam because somebody else f**ked up. The Not-So-Great-Khali was supposed to make the save. He had no clue what was going on. He was just disinterested. He would do that from time to time.”