It seems pretty clear to me, as MVP’s stable hasn’t really made their racial identity or discrimination an overt focus of their act and that was pretty much the defining characteristic of the Attitude Era group. But Cedric Alexander says The Hurt Business still heard a lot of comparisons to The Nation of Domination.
He talked to TV Insider about it recently, and his thoughts on it are worth sharing:
“When we first started, people might say, “Oh, this is another Nation of Domination.” I feel like the group is a positive spin on strong, Black men. At the same time, we don’t want to spread the idea that race is the driving force. It just so happens we are four strong, Black men who believe in themselves. That’s a great thing to have on TV right now, especially when racial injustice is still prevalent and things are looked at so negatively. When you have four men with a positive goal in mind to succeed and be the best they can be, why not go for it?“
It’s not terribly surprising the connection was made. Fans love to compare things from different eras, and in WWE history the options when it comes to factions made up of Black men are NoD and New Day.
The Hurt Business is attempting to carve a niche for themselves somewhere in between those two gimmicks. Will they succeed? Can we move toward a point when we can take race out of the equation and compare MVP’s squad to The Million Dollar Corporation or The Heenan Family?
We shall see.