Heres what I got when I ran the uninstall command:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives.
After unpacking 9007kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database ... 75066 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing mysql-server ...
Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld.
Proceeding to install mysql again we'll see how it works, im going to turn portforwarding off first though so my server cant be picked up by scans.
EDIT mysql has installed and we'll see if the set pass word works