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MVP released by WWE

MVP has been released by WWE, the company announced on its website.

MVP wrote on his Twitter page that he asked for his release.


"No need for alarm. I did not get fired," he wrote. "I asked for & received my release. I felt it was time to go international & freshen things up."

MVP has talked in the past about wanting to work in Japan, so I'm guessing that's what the "international" reference is about.


A change of scenery is probably a good thing for MVP (real name Hassan Assad, 37), who has been spinning his wheels for a few years now in WWE.

MVP, who made his WWE television debut as a heel in August 2006, did not get over initially despite a big buildup, but thanks to working entertaining programs with the likes of Chris Benoit and Matt Hardy, he eventually did get legitimate heel heat.

Smooth on the microphone and solid in the ring, the charismatic MVP seemed destined to be a main-event player. Whenever it appeared that things were headed in that direction, however, MVP always ended up back in the mid-card shuffle.

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