RVD Interviewed, New Jack, ECW, WWE, Lauranaitis & More

Bill Behrens

Below are highlights of a 7-10 interview with Rob Van Dam by the Wrestle Network, conducted by host Daddy Shawn that can be heard at this link


– RVD talked about his time in USWA.

– RVD talked about Chris Candido and RVD never really got along.

– RVD cleared rumors about Cowboy Bill Watts did not like him when he was
in WCW.

– RVD talked about his time in All-Japan.

– RVD shared memories of Mitsuharu Misawa and Giant Baba.

– RVD shoot on Stan Hansen and Gary Albright, discussed about Toshiaki
Kawada and Kenta Kobashi.

– RVD talked about Raven when he was in WCW and compared him to ECW later on.

– Daddy Shawn and RVD discussed whether pro wrestling business should be

– Discussed about ECW, saying it was very unorganized.

– RVD talked about his first stint in WWF back in 97 as Mr.Monday Night.

– RVD talked about why he did not stay in WWF too long after the angle.

– RVD mentioned about the first ECW Invasion angle with WWE, talked about
how Paul Heyman and ECW wrestlers had to be on guard during the angle.

– RVD talked about wrestling Bam Bam Bigelow and memories of him.

– RVD talked about the rumor of him being dangerous in The ring.

– RVD talked about there were things that him and Sabu did not have to do
because Paul Heymand would treat him and Sabu like the major stars.

– RVD talked about WWE dropping the ball on Jerry Lynn.

– RVD said WWE didn’t understand him, and he hated the scripts that
writers gave him.

– RVD talked about WWE held him back to make less money when they didn’t
make enough of his t-shirts or putting them at the stands, in his
hometown. Instead, Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin’s t-shirts were
everywhere even when Austin was not at the arena.

– RVD was pissed off at WWE for forcing him make less money.

– RVD shoot on New Jack, saying he can’t wrestle. Mention his selling
point was jumping off building. Mentioned he probably don’t know how to do
a headlock. RVD never respected him as a wrestler or a person, and talked
about New Jack treated the whole Mass Transit Eric Kulas incident.

– Daddy Shawn also talked about being afraid of inviting New Jack to the
show as well.

– RVD talked about the Alliance angle, he called Paul Heyman and Paul set
things up for him. He met with Jim Ross, saying he in the WWE had a
reputation due to the the first ECW Invasion. He felt he sold out when he
first appeared on WWE until he met Tommy Dreamer.

– RVD felt he could never trust Jim Ross, Jim Ross would tell him to
change his styles. Saying that Jim Ross would hold him down when he was
doing his commentaries.

– RVD felt John Lauranaitis went way back and he could talk to him as a

– RVD cleared the rumors about the heat between him and Kurt Angle. He
apologized to Vince McMahon afterwards, instead Vince joked about it.

– RVD mentioned that his first WWE Pay-Per-View Match he was already a
star and the high-ups trashed the Original ECW, saying nobody really
watched that little show, simply did not want to give RVD and ECW credit.

– RVD shoot on WWE saying if you made your own name, you are only going to
get so far WWE.

– RVD said some of the top guys in WWE. He would not allow them to even
get into his doorstep and would be left outside.

– Shoot on Ric Flair said that he has nothing outside of wrestling. Said
that he did not know how to be a simple human being. Mentioned Ric Flair
is far-gone.

– Said that Triple H, Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin held down Rob
Van Dam, but he does not have any evidence.

– He praised Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, saying that he respected
both of them. Comparing the situations with Chris Benoit and Michael

– RVD shoot on the Vince McMahon version of ECW. Vince McMahon said he
trained the fans to chant ECW.

– RVD said that Vince McMahon implied the Original ECW had no credibility.
The only reason that there was credibility in ECW was because Vince
McMahon put it in ECW.

– RVD said McMahon lived in the "McMahon-World".

– RVD said that Jim Ross would trashed the Original ECW as much as he could.

– RVD told a story that Shane McMahon once told him that the reason why he
didn’t make it in WWE was because his relationship with Vince McMahon. He
would tell RVD that he needed to go to Vince and tell him that RVD is the

– RVD mentioned to the agents told him his promos sucked, but they only
gave him a "COOL".

– RVD said WWE didn’t understand him yet tried to control him, he doesn’t
have much passion with WWE.

– RVD shoot on John Cena, said that he is talented. Said that he got
rushed into the big spot. Shoot on John Cena saying that he tried to his
to treat himself like a king and looked down on the Spirit Squads.

– RVD said that Vince McMahon held a vendetta against "Heyman’s Boys". At
one point he tried to fired all the ECW Originals.

– RVD said Vince McMahon being the ECW Champion was a slap to the face to
everyone. Said ECW stood for Anti-Vince McMahon.

– RVD mentioned how Italy’s NWE was being ran. he unveiled how NWE drew in
Italy and it wasn’t honest.

– RVD talked about his movies, and Wrong Side of Town. Also mentioned RVDTV.

Shawn Ng
Wrestle-Network Production Ltd.

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