RVD is definitely one of the most technically-gifted pro wrestlers to have ever competed in the pro wrestling world. The icon has competed in several promotions such as ECW, WCW, WWE, and IMPACT Wrestling during his career which has lasted over thirty years. That being said, Vince McMahon never really saw him as the Whole F’n Show.
Mr. Monday Night became a fan of the pro wrestling world in the 80s and realized he wanted to do it all his life. In fact, RVD was also instructed during the early days of his career to say that he was actually related to Jean-Claude Van Damme.
RVD was insanely over in WWE back in 2001, but he was not even put into a main event-level feud until many years later, back in 2006. RVD competed in the inaugural Elimination Chamber match at Survivor Series 2002 as well.
While speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross stated that he believes Vince McMahon had zero confidence in RVD as a main event-level talent.
“I just don’t think Vince had confidence in him. I think that maybe was due to some external forces that didn’t wanna lose their foothold because Van Dam would have got over if he’d have gotten that opportunity.”
Rob Van Dam was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last year and also gave Vince McMahon a bunch of rolling papers as gift, which McMahon found very funny. We’ll have to see if he will return to WWE or not. It looks like Vince McMahon and RVD have a good relationship, but they probably aren’t hanging out to try those rolling papers together.
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