Former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam was recently interviewed on the ‘Ten Count’ podcast, where he revealed that at one point towards the end of Extreme Championship Wrestling, promoter Paul Heyman ended up owing him $150,000.
Here’s what RVD had to say about Heyman running ECW:
“Although he was taking care of me pretty good, it still felt like the longer I was there, the deeper hole I was digging for myself.
And so, that’s why eventually I was like ‘Look, I’m not going to be getting paid this and another type of company is going to be around much longer’.
So, when I left I think it was just before their last show if I’m not mistaken, but the very loose number though was 150 Grand.”
After working for Paul Heyman’s ECW from 1996 till it closed its doors in January 2001, Rob Van Dam joined the World Wrestling Federation a few months later and became a household name and even a main eventer, several years before winning the WWE Championship in 2006.
Mr. Monday Night stayed with WWE until 2007, then wrestled for Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) from 2010 to 2013 and returned to WWE for a 2nd run (2013-2014) with the company.
He returned to IMPACT Wrestling (fka TNA) for another run (2019-2020) and is now a free-agent, but recently told NBC Sports that he’d actually be happy to return to WWE.
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