The Hurt Business is a professional wrestling stable currently performing in WWE on Raw. The group is led by Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) and also features Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander. The stable had its roots in the Beat Down Clan, a similar group led by Montel Vontavious Porter and Bobby Lashley when both men were signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2014, with Kenny King, Low Ki, Homicide, Samoa Joe and Hernandez as members.
Prior to the existence of the stable, in 2000 Shelton Benjamin debuted with the then World Wrestling Federation's (WWF) developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling before debuting with the renamed World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002 as a tag team partner with Charlie Haas as the World's Greatest Tag Team in the SmackDown brand. Lashley also debuted in 2005 before switching brands various times until his release in 2008 and was the reigning ECW Champion during his first tenure. A year later, Porter debuted No Mercy 2006 and was the longest reigning United States Champion holding it for 343 days. Cedric Alexander made his WWE debut in 2016, in the Cruiserweight Classic.
On the May 11, 2020 episode of Raw, MVP aligned himself with Bobby Lashley, with MVP promising to manage Lashley into a WWE Championship reign. At Backlash, Lashley failed to capture the WWE Championship from Drew McIntyre following a distraction from his on-screen wife Lana. The following night on Raw, Lashley blamed Lana for his loss at Backlash and he would then ask for a divorce, thus ending their romantic storyline.
During the July 20 episode of Raw, MVP and Lashley added Shelton Benjamin into their group as the duo helped Benjamin capture the WWE 24/7 Championship from R-Truth, and the group was formally named "The Hurt Business".
The Hurt Business began feuding with Apollo Crews and his allies, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander, with both groups exchanging victories and attacks throughout several weeks on Raw. During his time in the stable, Benjamin won the 24/7 Championships two more times, both times on the August 17 episode of Raw. Cedric Alexander eventually switched his allegiances and joined the Hurt Business.
Members and Championship Success
- MVP - Leader
- Bobby Lashley - WWE United States Championship - WWE Championship
- Shelton Benjamin - WWE 24/7 Championship, WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
- Cedric Alexander - WWE Raw Tag Team Championship