Rob Van Dam was asked about a future run with WWE during an interview with GrueMonkey. Here’s what he had to say:
“That’s mostly just talk. I did a Q&A at Legend Fan Fest and expressed that I have an Open Door policy with WWE. You wont see me with TNA, Global or any other organization. It will breach our deal. I have a merchandise deal with the WWE and right now, I’m too on the go. I have no reason to do a run right now. Honestly, it’s better not to. I explained during the Q&A that I don’t see that changing in the future. Physically, I feel great. I’ve always said, I’m unique in that way. People say wrestling wears you down, but no one thinks I just don’t want to. I can do the same as I did 20 years ago. Who knows, maybe someone threw it out there for reaction and the internet has had its fun with it.”
Who were some of your favorite wrestlers to watch growing up?
I’d have to say The Ultimate Warrior stands out. That was when I knew I wanted to be pro wrestler. I liked his moves because they were different. His attack and angle inspired me to do same. I wanted to do the cartwheels and the flying head moves. Everyone else was big and slow.
How was it like working in ECW and working with Paul Heyman?
That was the most fun I had out of my career. This was a very developmental time for me. I went from being considered a good wrester with potential, to being a superstar. That happened around ’98 and it was the ECW crowd that elevated me. Learning to wrestle in front the most opinionated crowd waiting for you to mess up so they could make fun of me, put the right amount of pressure on me. Paul Heyman has always been the only guy from the office that ever really had my best interest and really understood me. The other agents and promoters seemed confused why the fans liked me so much because I was so non-typical for there idea of a wrestler, so they just tried to capitalize on it without owning it. Paul understood and knew how to bring more out of me.
Now, I know you been very outspoken about marijuana. How do you feel that alot of states are finally legalizing it now?
I feel it’s the right thing. Im not surprised about the legalization, I’ve been telling people about it for years. We now have four states that treat marijuana like alcohol and 23, plus the District of Columbia have medic programs. Plus Portland, Maine where weed is legal for adults.
I’ve been studying marijuana for years. In the end, morality will win. People think the government will make money off the taxation when in reality the Government makes money off the prohibition. Prisions will loose all money, pharmaceuticals, alcohol distributors and The DEA all have something to lose. The States are doing the right thing.