• “Winning that night really felt like a victory” – Rob Van Dam Names The #1 Moment Of His Career
WWE Hall Of Famer Rob Van Dam recently appeared on Ryan Satin’s ‘Out of Character’ show, where he talked about his career in Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation (later WWE).
Below are the highlights from the interview:
On joining the original ECW in 1996:
“One time I saw ECW, and I was so drawn to the car crash appeal of it.
I saw Sabu jump off a chair in the middle of the ring up to the top rope in the middle and dive off into the crowd. I saw a ball of fire go out of the tiny, under the guard rail, into the crowd.
Everything I was seeing, it was almost like, how is that ‘pro-wrestling’ if what I’ve been doing is pro-wrestling?
It was intimidating because it was all adults, no kids, and they all wore black shirts and listened to this hard rock music.
It was so adult-themed, you know. I was glued to it.”
On winning the WWE Championship from John Cena in 2006:
“That was my crowning moment, obviously, and not just because I reached the #1 spot, having the WWE Championship.
There’s so much more to it than that because that moment, that night, all of that, was me sticking to my guns.
I went to Vince with the idea of bringing ECW back for a pay-per-view because I said you got so many guys wrestling on your roster right now that are former ECW alumni.
And we loved ECW, we could go one night, ECW style, just let us pay tribute to ECW.
And so knowing that I was fighting for what I believed in and everybody, everyone in that crowd, they were so 100% behind me, my beliefs, everything that I stood for.
They shared that passion with me and they were 100% against everything that Cena stood for in their mind.
So it was really an out of my whole career experience.
Winning that night really felt like a victory, not just for me but for all the hardcore fans, it really did.
It felt like everyone that had been supportive back in the day of ECW, that had continued to support the ECW alumni, everyone that really preferred and missed that style, they were all rewarded that night.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (April 24, 1994) – WCW Main Event
On this day in 1994, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling presented an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Main Event’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Slamboree 1994: A Legends’ Reunion’ PPV.
The card can be found below:
– Pretty Wonderful vs. Brad Armstrong & Tom Zenk (From WCW Pro) *JIP*
– Highlights Of Sting Winning The International World Title At Spring Stampede
– Highlights Of The Boss Attacking Vader & Harley Race With The Night Stick After Their Match At Spring Stampede
– Interview w/ The Boss & Nick Bockwinkel After The Match At Spring Stampede
– Flyin’ Brian vs. Bunkhouse Buck (From WCW World Wide) *JIP*
– Slamboree Control Center
– Ricky Steamboat/Arn Anderson vs. Tanaka San/Haito (From WCW Saturday Night) *JIP*
– Interview w/ Sherri Martel (From WCW Saturday Night)
– Highlights Of Terra Ryzing vs. Terry Taylor (From WCW Saturday Night)
– Terra Ryzing vs. Terry Taylor
– Highlights Of The Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat World Title Match From Spring Stampede