RVD Interview About ECW, WWE, Marijuana and the X Division

Discussion in 'TNA iMPACT! (2011-2015)' started by Testify, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. While speaking to Extreme Pro Wrestling, Rob Van Dam spoke about staying in ECW in its final years, how he hasn't changed physically, changing the X division and if marijuana kept him from being the top guy in different organizations.

    On how staying in ECW helped develop him: "WWE didn't want RVD to get over when I was there. They tried so much to... to... not get me... to...to... keep me from that. They didn't understand why the fans liked me because I don't fit the cookie cutter formula because I am a non-conformist. I'm so confusing to wrestling promoters, and I'm used to that, but because I stayed in ECW and learned how to express myself the way, ah, that I could connect with my fans, it made my strong Rob Van Dam character uncompromising... and I owe that to ECW. If I would have left and went to WCW way back then, they were gonna make me... they were gonna put a mask on me and make me one of those Glacier characters... "

    On if age has affected his physical condition and if he has to stop doing some movies because of it: "Not even in the slightest... not even a little bit. ... as a matter of fact, every once in a while, I'll pull out a move because I haven't done it in awhile. I was wrestling Jeff Hardy, I think this was, like, two months ago, I went up to the top rope and I went, 'you know what, I don't think I've done a 450 splash in like 10 years'. Boom... I just bust it out. I haven't cut anything out, and if it was up to me, ah, I would change that X-Division title into hardcore rules and I would have 20 minute matches every night, bouncing off the guardrail, bring in a chair... and hell yeah, that's what I got to show still!"

    On if marijuana kept him from being the top wrestler in a promotion: "I would think, ah, with TNA, probably not so, because they, they usually like to make those references, ah, whenever they can. and I think they appreciate the extra, ah, the extra cool attention that it gets them. Obviously, my... high profile bust, when I got pulled over in Ohio with possession of 18 grams, uh, and..and... resulted in suspension and loss of the titles... I mean, there is no way in denying that that definitely knocked me off from the track that I was on. Ah, at the same time, I don't mind going down in history for that or drawing attention to, ah, a cause that I believe is worthy..."

    He also talks about the political climate in WWE vs. TNA, his current relationship with Paul Heyman, and more.

    Read more at http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/261450/RVD-Reveals-If-Marijuana-Kept-Him-From-Being-A-Top-Guy.htm#hg7gaBorg8H4Zp01.99
  2. I like all the "ah", "uh" and "...", definitely RVD.
  3. RVD is the typical 'never was' in this business. For a guy that's stayed relatively healthy, its quite an accomplishment.

    I can't say there's anything cool about an immature, green-chomping 40-year old who still doesn't get it
  4. Can't have an interview with RVD without discussions of Marijuana. :pity1:
  5. RVD is one of the few guys in TNA history that never turned heel during their run with TNA. Kudos for that at least lol.
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