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Maven Klint Huffman (born November 26, 1976) is a former middle school teacher and professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between October 2001 and July 5, 2005 under the name Maven. In 2008 he became a guest expert on the Home Shopping Network.

Early life

Maven was born to an African-American father and a Caucasian mother. After his mother died he was adopted by his mother's brother and his wife. Maven graduated from Eastern Mennonite Universitymarker of Harrisonburg, Virginiamarker in 1998. Before becoming a professional wrestler, Maven was a middle school teacher, teaching Grade 6, at Twality Middle School in Oregonmarker.

Maven's Aunt whom he called Mom, died on February 12, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.


World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001-2005)

Maven won a year's contract with the company after he won the first series of Tough Enough, a reality television show used to find new WWE stars, in 2001. Soon after, Maven would receive further training at Heartland Wrestling Association.

Maven eliminated The Undertaker from the 2002 Royal Rumble by dropkicking him from behind; Undertaker responded in turn by returning to the ring and eliminating Maven. The two wrestlers began a feud over the Hardcore Title, which Maven won from Undertaker thanks to interference from The Rock. At WrestleMania X8, Maven lost the Hardcore Championship to Spike Dudley during Maven's match with Goldust but won the title back the same night from Christian, thanks to the 24/7 title defense rule. In 2003 Maven entered the Royal Rumble for a second time. He attempted to eliminate Undertaker by using the dropkick a second time but failed and was eliminated again by Undertaker.

In 2004, Maven experienced the biggest push in his career, even gaining a victory over then-Evolution member Batista. Maven then took part in a Survivor Series Elimination Match at Survivor Series 2004, teaming with Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho to face Triple H, Batista, Gene Snitsky, and Edge for the power to control Raw for one month. Maven was attacked backstage by Snitsky prior to the match, but after Benoit was eliminated, Maven arrived to join his teammates. He was eventually eliminated by Triple H. Orton was the sole survivor and as a result, he and his team had control of RAW for one month.

Maven was the first to control Raw, booking himself in a World Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H, who tried to get out of it by offering Maven a place in Evolution. He declined, but despite interference from Jericho, Benoit, and Orton, Triple H retained the title due to interference from Snitsky and Ric Flair. Maven turned into a villain two weeks later by turning on Eugene, assaulting him as revenge for his elimination in a Battle Royal on Raw.

Maven then feuded with then-Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin, culminating at New Year's Revolution 2005 in a singles match for the championship. Before the start of the match, Maven did a worked interview out of the ring, blasting the Puerto Rican crowd. Benjamin quickly defeated him in just a matter of seconds, using a roll-up. Maven then cut a promo on Benjamin, stating that it "Didn't count", and challenged Shelton for a re-match. It was accepted, he returned to the ring, and was then beaten in seconds, yet again, by Shelton's signature T-Bone suplex.

During this time, he entered an unofficial alliance with Simon Dean, serving as a successful user of the Dean character's "Simon System" line of nutritional products. The team was split when Dean was traded to SmackDown!, and Maven was subsequently released by WWE on July 5, 2005. WWE cited decreased revenue and a lack of enthusiasm with respect to Maven's in-ring ability as the cause of his release.

Reality television and independent circuit (2005-present)

A few months after his departure from WWE, it was announced by VH1 that Maven would be a participant in Season Six of The Surreal Life. On the first episode, he was picked by the existing castmates as the seventh and final cast member in a "15 More Minutes of Fame Reality Hunk Pageant," beating four other reality hunks, including former American Idol contestant Corey Clark. Subsequently, Maven was a host for a show on BET J. He continues to work the independent circuit, after nearly retiring, usually for Hermie Sadler's United Wrestling Federation. He also appears on the Home Shopping Network's weekday morning show, HSN Today, as its exercise and wellness expert.

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