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20We are continuing to pay tribute here at Mr. X’s Punch Out to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month. For today, we are covering an athlete who if you read the story of Montel Vontavious Porter (known to fans as MVP as well), you’ll admire all that he overcame to further his life for the better. We are going all the way back to episode 431 of WWE Smackdown which aired on November 23, 2007 when he took on Rey Mysterio. The background to the match is that in the beginning of the show, Rey was furious at the actions of MVP and how he had treated his former friend Matt Hardy after injuring him and forcing him to miss Survivor Series. So, Rey told MVP that he was going to teach him all about the word respect that night on Smackdown. The beginning of the match saw Rey Mysterio getting the best of MVP with his quickness and agility despite MVP trying to use his power. MVP was frustrated and went to the outside to regroup and hopefully come up with a plan b.

26When we came back from commercial break, MVP was in full control of the match launching Rey into the air and slamming him to the mat like a basketball. He would then execute the drive by kick to the temple of Mysterio, but Rey was not giving up that easily in the match. MVP began to brutally assault Rey with rights and lefts and even ended an attempt at Rey changing the momentum with a huge lariat. Rey was able to create some separartion when he countered a move from MVP with a DDT. That gave him the chance to have a run against MVP that was impressive. Then it happened, after hitting MVP with two straight 619’s, Rey tried for the West Coast Pop, but MVP caught him slammed for the pin and when the referee wasn’t looking, he grabbed on to the ropes to help him get the 1-2-3. Eddie Guerrero used to say that you had to lie, cheat, and steal your way to victory without getting caught and MVP certainly did that, but this wasn’t the last MVP saw of Rey Mysterio.