– Rob Van Dam recently spoke with GrueMonkey.com. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:
How was it working in ECW and working with Paul Heyman?
That was the most fun I had out of my career. This was a very developmental time for me. I went from being considered a good wrestler with potential, to being a superstar. That happened around ’98 and it was the ECW crowd that elevated me. Learning to wrestle in front the most opinionated crowd waiting for you to mess up so they could make fun of me, put the right amount of pressure on me. Paul Heyman has always been the only guy from the office that ever really had my best interest and really understood me. The other agents and promoters seemed confused why the fans liked me so much because I was so non-typical for there idea of a wrestler, so they just tried to capitalize on it without owning it. Paul understood and knew how to bring more out of me.
I think you and Sabu had the best series of matches I’ve ever seen in wrestling. Your matches in USA and Japan with Sabu as both your opponent and partner are some of the best matches in history. Describe your feud and partnership with Sabu?
Since Sabu was the first guy that I was in the ring with professionally, we have the longest history in my career and also we were like minded. That doesn’t come from being trained by somebody. If you have a really big class of a bunch of wrestling students, they’re all going to be different. Most of them are going to be high flyers, some of them will be more prone to like the hard core style whatever…but Sabu and I have similar ideas for whats cool in a wrestling match. Same with anybody I’ve had really good high flying matches with like RVD vs Jeff Hardy same thing Jerry Lynn…just like Sabu we have a similar idea of what we think is really cool so we bring that out in a match and out of each other.
I heard you are trying to do a Farewell Tour for WWE, has anything came about this on WWE’s end?
That’s mostly just talk. I did a Q&A at Legend Fan Fest and expressed that I have an Open Door policy with WWE. You wont see me with TNA, Global or any other organization. It will breach our deal. I have a merchandise deal with the WWE and right now, I’m too on the go. I have no reason to do a run right now. Honestly, it’s better not to. I explained during the Q&A that I don’t see that changing in the future. Physically, I feel great. I’ve always said, I’m unique in that way. People say wrestling wears you down, but no one thinks I just don’t want to. I can do the same as I did 20 years ago. Who knows, maybe someone threw it out there for reaction and the internet has had its fun with it.
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