That's easy to say now in hindsight. But back in 2006-2007, Kennedy seemed like a future world champion and legend. He was getting pushed hard. Go like 3 wins over Undertaker and also won the MITB.He was pretty good, but his gimmick was too mid-cardish to be a main eventer.
One thing I thought was ridiculous was how so many people in the IWC wanted either MVP or Mr. Kennedy to retire Ric Flair. If that had happened, then it would have gone down forever that Ric Flair was retired by someone who didn't pan out in the long run. Shawn Michaels was a proven star, he was the right choice.
Yeah, it's crazy how back then, someone like MVP or Carlito winning a world title seemed like a nearly impossible task; but if both men had debuted in 2012 they'd have been multiple time world champions by now. Then again, they were around at a time where it seemed like WWE didn't micromanage everything yet. They debuted pre-Benoit and when WWE was still TV-14. Who knows how much freedom they'd have today and if they'd get similar characters, even. Carlito's "Do You Spit or Swallow" t-shirt would have never been greenlighted today.MVP was suppose to be just good mid carder back then, but looking at all the tools he had, charisma, mic skills, look and a great heel character.
Peak MVP is better than 95% of the current main event roster, yes you can not tell me 2007 MVP wasn't then thousand than better than current Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston. Basically a midcarder back then, is more than a main eventer today.