Montel Vontavious Porter, better known as MVP, made his surprise return to the WWE on Sunday night when he competed in the 30-man Men's Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The former two-time United States Champion hadn't been in a WWE match since 2010, but he popped up as the No. 12 entrant and quickly challenged Brock Lesnar before getting tossed out of the ring like the rest of the field thus far. He arrived in the match wearing Black Panther gear, resembling King T'Challa from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Porter's return was unfortunately spoiled on Saturday night, as fans staying at the hotel near Minute Maid Park were able to spot his logo on the Titantron during Saturday night's rehearsals.
MVP originally worked in WWE from 2005-10, then went on to have stints in New Japan, Impact Wrestling, MLW and Ring of Honor. Despite being 46 he continues to remain active on the independent wrestling circuit, working 22 matches in 2019.
Check out the full card for tonight's Royal Rumble event in the list below:
- WWE Universal Championship: Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan (Strap Match)
- Raw Women's Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Asuka
- SmackDown Women's Championship: Bayley vs. Lacey Evans
- United States Championship: Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo
- Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin (Falls Count Anywhere)
- Shorty G vs. Sheamus
- Men's Royal Rumble — Winner gets a world championship match at WrestleMania 36 (Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Erick Rowan, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, Drew McInytre, Elias, King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Otis, Tucker, Rusev, Bobby Lashley, Aleister Black, Buddy Murphy, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Kofi Kingston, Big E, R-Truth, John Morrison, The Miz, TBA)
- Women's Royal Rumble — Winner gets a women's championship match at WrestleMania 36 (Chralotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Sarah Logan, Natalya, Carmella, Dana Brooke, TBA)