On an interview with the Premier Streaming Network, Old School ECW/WWF Legend Rob Van Dam spoke about his recent All Elite Wrestling debut.
Rob made it clear that some fans, who believe he’s weak and fragile, are totally wrong.
Here’s what RVD had to say:
“Some of the comments I read … one dude said ‘he’s too old and fragile from beating his body up’.
Personally, I don’t identify with old, because I don’t feel old.
I understand at 52 that the younger people will use that and it is what it is, I don’t get insulted by it, but I don’t identify with it, because I feel great.
Knowing what I know, having the insight that I do, whenever I see something like that I just think that those people are identifying that in their own lives, because they’ve known people who break down at 35, and I get that too.”
He then revealed that AEW put him in a wheelchair to hide him before his debut for the promotion:
“When I got out of my limo, or car whatever the f**k it was, they put me in a wheelchair, and put a blanket over me, and they pushed me all the way back to a room, so I had my own room.
Since they went through all that trouble I stayed in my room and I wasn’t gonna f**k it up for them.
So, I stayed hidden until after my appearance, and some of the guys like Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy, Brian Cage, some of the guys I got to see, they said ‘I thought I heard the crowd chanting RVD, I was like what?’.”
After working for Paul Heyman’s ECW from 1996 until 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.
On this Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite, RVD will face “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry for the FTW Championship.
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