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Rob Van Dam Recalls The Moment That Elevated His Career

Rob Van Dam RVD


On this day in 2000, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.

It was broadcasted from the Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida and featured matches, interviews & segments on the road to the ‘WCW New Blood Rising 2000’ PPV.

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– Shane Douglas vs. Crowbar

– Jeff Jarrett vs. Billy Kidman

– Booker T. vs. Mike Awesome

– Big Vito vs. Norman Smiley

– Lance Storm vs. The Artist

– Kronik vs. Gen. Rection & Cpl. Cajun

– Jeff Jarrett vs. Bill Goldberg vs. Scott Steiner vs. Kanyon

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• Rob Van Dam Recalls The Moment That Elevated His Career

During a recent Impact Wrestling documentary on Rob Van Dam, former WWE Champion and current Impact Wrestling Superstar RVD talked about the moment that elevated his career – winning the ECW TV Championship.

Below is what RVD said:

“Before fans came in [the arena], Paul Heyman came by and I said, ‘Hey Paul, what do you think of this? I want to spring board from one guardrail to another… Do you think that would be cool?’. And Paul said, ‘I don’t think it matters what you do tonight. The people are going to love you.’ I said, ‘Why?’. Heyman goes, ‘Whatever you want. You can’t lose’.

I had no idea what he was talking about, but he was right. People treated me like a superstar. From that night forward, it was on a whole new level. It was a pivotal time in my career. It was easy to draw the point right there when I won the ECW TV Championship to see my whole career elevated.

My title reign ended with an injury. I couldn’t have known that injury was going to happen and I couldn’t have known that anything else that hadn’t happened was going to happen.

The business is such that plans are made all the time. Sometimes opposite plans are made with other people and it’s inconsistent with you’re told. I never believe anything is going to happen until it does. I’m skeptically optimistic.

Everyone has to deal with promises being broke. No one is exempt from that because you have people trying to do their part in developing the show and then you have these agents that have different wrestlers that they’re looking out for. Trying to get their wrestlers more TV time. Somethings are accepted earlier in the day and then change later in the day. It’s part of it.

You could let it bother the hell out of you every time or you can let it roll off your shoulder so you have more control over your reactions and your feelings. I know I can only do my part and that’s in the ring when I’m showing off.”

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