HOUSTON –  In this night of celebrating legends of the ring, it was the brash, ballin’ Superstar who shined brightest. Or maybe that shine was just from all the bling he was wearing.

Either way, United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter showed off an impressive arsenal of attacks at Vengeance: Night of Champions, fending off the five-time former champion, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, to retain his title. But it didn’t come easy.

In front of many former titleholders surrounding the ring, including former U.S. Champion and rival Magnum T.A., Flair sent nearly a hundred thunderous chops across the chest of MVP, causing the champion to pause and check his chest for bruises and welts at one point.

Flair kept up the assault, maneuvering MVP into the dreaded Figure Four Leg Lock. Unfortunately for Flair, MVP was able to reach the ropes and break the hold.

As MVP was in the ropes, referee Jimmy Korderas tried to pull Flair away, but MVP snuck in a low blow – a dirty move against the Dirtiest Player in the Game. 

MVP then capitalized, catching the stunned Flair with the Playmaker and rolling up the 16-time World Champion for the three-count.

After the match, MVP was his usual cocky self, feigning respect for his legendary opponent. “It was, simply stated, a battle between the greatest United States Champion there’s ever been … and the oldest former U.S. Champion there’s ever been,” Porter told