The former United States Champion made an appearance on Lillian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast to discuss a wide range of topics including his return to WWE.
It turns out that after his departure from Impact Wrestling, he decided to work the independent wrestling scene because of the flexible schedule compared to the grueling WWE schedule.
However, because of his son being such a big wrestling fan, he decided to reach out to WWE about making a surprise appearance at the 2020 Royal Rumble PPV event, which led to him working the Royal Rumble Match.
“I made a call to ask WWE because they had asked me about coming back as a surprise in the Rumble before. At the time, it was just not something that I was interested in. I reached out, ‘Hey you guys asked me before if you’re still interested, I’d love to come back now. Just for the Rumble, surprise entry?’ They were like, ‘Sure, we’d love to have you back.
After the show, WWE asked him to work Monday Night Raw the next night. He recalled having a conversation with Paul Heyman where he mentioned that his son was a big Rey Mysterio fan. He was supposed to work a tag team match on Raw but he was later informed that it got changed to a singles match against Mysterio.
“Then after that, John Laurinaitis called me over to the side to talk. They offered me a position as producer and I had intended to retire this year anyway. Yeah, I was like 46 now, yeah of course it does. I was ready to start winding down and they offered me a producer’s position and I accepted it.
They still had valuing me as MVP so [we’ll] have you do a VIP lounge segment, could you do this match real quick, and the next thing I know I’m doing TV stuff more than I’m doing producer stuff and then COVID hit. Next thing I know, everyone is getting let go, and all these crazy things are happening. Fortually, I’m still on TV. Then they ask me, ‘Hey MVP, would you like to come back full time?'”
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