RVD is regarded as one of the all-time greats as far as in-ring action and death-defying stunts are concerned. RVD knows how the pro wrestling world functions and all the backstage politics that come with it. That said, it appears RVD claimed he got respect from the WWE locker room for a good reason.

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.

During the early days of WWE, the company would often travel to where the troops were stationed and organized shows for them as part of the Tribute To The Troops shows, which fans also appreciated.

While speaking during the latest edition of his “One Of A Kind” podcast with co-host Dominc DeAngelo, RVD revealed that he turned down the voluntary choice to go overseas for the Tribute To The Troops event. This earned him respect from the WWE locker room.


“I was stewing about it. And other wrestlers are coming up to me saying, ‘Man, Rob, I respect you for saying no. Like, I don’t want to go either, but I can’t say no. I’m not RVD.’ Dude. Why do I always hear that? Like there’s nothing in my contract that says I can get no heat. You know what I mean?”

RVD is also in great shape and is ready to make his in-ring return whenever he feels like it. RVD also pointed fingers at WWE for ruining his last run. It remains to be seen when RVD will finally return to the squared circle.

What do you think of what RVD said? Did he do the right thing? Share your thoughts below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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