Rob Van Dam Returns to WWE at Money in the Bank
Rob Van Dam vs Bobby Lashley - ECW on Sci Fi [1/2/2007]
Even though the WWE’s reboot of Extreme Championship Wrestling ended up being a complete bust, I remember being blown away at seeing guys like Sabu, Balls Mahoney, The Sandman, and Tommy Dreamer regularly wrestling each week on a McMahon program. At this point in time, the whole concept started to unravel with the abysmal December to Dismember PPV and Paul Heyman’s departure from the WWE, I still religiously watched each week because the Tuesday night timeslot and the fact that it was only an hour long.
Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy - WWF RAW is WAR [5/12/1997]
This photo was a pure mind-fuck for me.
I’ve covered the 1997 ECW invasion of the WWF already on here (see below), but some of the match-ups just seem so bizarre when you look back on them. At this point in time, Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy have had several matches against each other, so to come across what most likely is their first encounter is just strange.
Bonus weirdness due to the fact that Rob Van Dam still dresses exactly the same!
Match of the Day
Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy
WWF RAW is WAR
May 12th, 1997
You read that right — “The Whole F’n Show” in the WWF taking on a nineteen-year-old Charismatic Enigma.
Not only does this match start off with Rob Van Dam siding with Jerry Lawler and the WWF, it also showcases the origin of one of RVD’s nicknames, “Mr. Monday Night”. RVD makes quick work of the young Hardy and smugly taunts the people in the front row who chant, “YOU SOLD OUT!” at him.
Rob Van Dam would have two more matches in the WWF before the angle wrapped up, and he went back to the land of extreme.
“Look, it spins!”
[Hoarr writes: The best.]
Rob Van Dam Wins WWE Championship - ECW One Night Stand [6/11/2006]
This match and this entire PPV will always be my all time favorite WWE show. One Night Stand 2005 maybe had better matches and maybe nailed the ECW Reunion angle better, but they just cannot compare to how hot the Hammerstein Ballroom crowd was in 2006.
Cover for ECW: It Ain’t Seinfeld 1998
God, I miss these terrible VHS covers!
It’s hard to figure out where this photo was taken of this young Rob Van Dam, but I’ve found video from WCW in 1993 that have him walking to the ring in this robe. During this time, Van Dam went by the name Robbie V and played the jobber role perfectly against people like “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Scotty Flamingo (Raven), and Vinnie Vegas (Kevin Nash).
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