RVD is definitely one of the most technically-gifted pro wrestlers to have ever competed in the pro wrestling world. The icon has accomplished a lot in his career and continues to get a lot of respect no matter what. He is also proud of his time in ECW and it appears RVD felt personally insulted after WWE made fun of ECW.

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 made a name for himself in ECW back in the 90s before debuting in WWE in 2001. He would go on to become one of the most popular names in the company, but not everything was going well with him.

While speaking on his 1 Of A Kind with RVD podcast, the WWE Hall Of Famer stated that he felt personally insulted after WWE made fun of ECW by booking the Hardcore Championship matches like a “joke.”


“I was insulted by it until I got it [Hardcore Title]. I felt like they were making fun of us in ECW because we have this, in my opinion, [a] superior art form, making wrestling cool to people that aren’t even wrestling fans.

Then I would see the Hardcore title match on Monday Night RAW or whatever, and in my opinion, I thought they were making a joke out of it. RIP Crash Holly, but it pretty much meant the hot dog stand was gonna get tipped over (…) the Hardcore match was something to laugh at.”

RVD made his AEW debut on Dynamite this week and is set to compete in a match on next week’s show. Regardless, RVD will be grateful for his time in WWE, but not everything was acceptable to him.

What’s your opinion on what RVD said? Do you think RVD had a reason to feel personally insulted? Share your thoughts in the comments 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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