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    Posted: 19/September/2007 at 19:13

Quote Between The Ropes
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Central Florida's Sports Radio 740 The Team
Simulcast online at BetweenTheRopes.com

On Wednesday night, September 12, Rob Van Dam joined hosts Brian Fritz and Vito DeNucci live on Between The Ropes on Central Florida's Sports Radio 740 The Team for an in depth discussion on the reasons for his departure from WWE, his feelings on the revived ECW, possibly working for TNA, and much more.

Rob started out the interview by saying his life is great and he wants "everyone to know I feel fine. Though it does suck getting written out with a concussion because I've always been out to prove I'm tougher than anybody else. That's why I do my style, because I'm tough enough to take it. So it sucks going out with an injury, but I wanted out so bad when they suggested it I said 'There's my exit, I'm out of here."

Next Rob confirmed that he left on good terms with the WWE. "There are a lot of things I'm interested in, but right now wrestling isn't one of them. If I was interested of course I would consider WWE."

Rob then discussed how the WWE's full time schedule "doesn't have any appeal to me right now. I hated the traveling for years and it got worse toward the end. The more burned out I got, and the less heart I had for it, the more challenging it got. I had pains in my chest when I had to leave my house." Rob also said that as soon as he got home he would start panicing as he started to count down the hours until the next time he had to board an airplane for a WWE event.

Rob admitted that he got to the point where he would have to talk himself onto getting on the plane. "If you're young, or really stoked to be there you can do it and put a smile on your face. But, if you start to lose a little bit of your passion for it, if it's not as much fun, or if it just becomes business for you…it makes it so much more challenging."

Rob then went into detail about the chaotic travel schedule he faces by living on the west coast. Rob noted that there are two nights a week that he doesn't sleep at all and that "when I told them that I was burned out and I needed time off it seemed like I was getting booked more…It got to be offensive to me when nobody was listening to me. I still don't think anybody knew I was leaving until the last day. I was telling them, I just don't think they were hearing it."

When asked how long he had been burned out Rob replied that during his career he has gone through a lot of cycles where he was burned out. "The first time I got burned out was before I left ECW. Up to that point my whole career was on a constant rise…there was a point when I was leaving ECW where I knew they were sinking, I knew the longer I stayed the more in debt they would be to me…I couldn't continue to keep going to work and not have the amount that was owed to me come back to me." Despite this Rob said he didn't want to come to WWE at the time and that he often questioned whether he should stay there.

Rob then noted a positive turning point when he "talked to Vince about that first ECW One Night Stand. Vince was listening to me and I got to be seen, at least for that one night, the way I want to be seen. I though 'Now I'm motivated.' Then after that it was back down hill. The next year it comes back around and this time we're talking about brining ECW back. I was super stoked and energized…Everyone was saying to me 'Rob, we could tell you were so happy out there' and I loved it. Then, with the return of ECW I started seeing the way it was going and that really started to frustrate me. When I talked to the office about that and saw that their vision for ECW was noting like my vision for it that was pretty much the last passion I had. It got stomped out and after that it was all pretty much downhill for me.

Asked if he regrets suggesting to Vince to bring back ECW, Rob said he doesn't and then gave two reasons why. First, Rob said that at the first ECW One Night Stand he actually got to speak what was on his mind for only the second time in WWE. Secondly, Rob described winning the title from John Cena at the second ECW One Night Stand as the highlight of his career and an irreplaceable moment.

Rob then went further into WWE's vision of what the new ECW should be. He said "it was never the office's plan to cater to the original ECW crowd, but rather to show this new ECW to a new crowd. That's what was said to me straight from the top. That was always the view and they never had any desire or any plans to make it anything goes. Even thought when it first came back they were like 'It's ECW, anything goes' when they started the regular TV show they were like, 'no, that was never the plan.'

"I've always felt that the reason (the original) ECW was so different was because it stood for 'anti-McMahon' as far as his ways, his ideas, and his business. I think that has a lot to do with why it was brought back and destroyed."

Asked if the WWE front office thought that they could convert old ECW fans into liking the new product by tapping into the old ECW wrestlers and venues Rob said "No, they didn't. I was told, from the man, 'Rob, for all I know those 2,500 fans at the Manhattan Ball Room are the last of the old ECW fans.' That's the kind of ego we're dealing with. I asked him why the crowd chants 'ECW' when they see something extreme?' and he replied 'because I spent the last five years training them to do that."

Talk then turned to Paul Heyman. Rob said "I don't think the higher ups respected him for the most part. I think they acknowledged that he accomplished something that bewildered them." Rob went on to say that the front office didn't really think that Heyman had achieved any measurable standard of success with the original ECW. Rob then credited Paul for the respect he gained from the wrestlers themselves even as he was bouncing checks to them at times.

On the topic of his title run, Rob said he did not really think it was possible until it actually happened. He described his run with the title as a fun time and said that it was one time where Vince was actually listening to him, at least early on. However, after a while nobody was listening to him anymore so he eventually stopped talking because it wasn't doing any good.

Asked about how he felt about dropping the titles after his run in with the police on marijuana charges Rob said he was sorry that the situation happened at that time, but he never got to a point where he felt he should issue a public apology. He said that his only major regret was that he had disappointed Vince and interfered with his plans for the business, but "everything happens for a reason."

As to his treatment after retuning from his marijuana suspension, Rob said that he was never disrespected, but the climb back up to the top of the card was long and frustrating. He then said "when I did get back up there they had the elimination chamber match, which to me was the first official death of the original ECW. When I got beat and Bobby Lashley was the new front guy for the promotion that's when my heart checked out.

On the possibility of going to TNA Rob said "it would definitely be worth considering, definitely as far as the schedule goes…If I was coming back I would look at everything. I would look at WWE and TNA and compare them, weighing the lighter schedule against prestige, exposure, and possibly money.

The interview concluded with Rob being asked what he has been doing since he finished with WWE. Rob said he has been working on a lot of projects which he can't speak about just yet. He then said he will come back on the show sometime in the next few weeks to announce and talk about these new projects.

To listen to the entire Rob Van Dam interview, including Rob's opinion on the WWE now testing for marijuana, whether he watches wrestling now, as well as the entire September 12 edition of Between The Ropes in streaming audio, visit the show online at http://www.BetweenTheRopes.com. Join us for
Between The Ropes for two hours every Wednesday night at 10:00pm ET on
Central Florida's Sports Radio 740 The Team and worldwide on
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I listened to this last week and thought it was really cool. He didn't come across as bitter and maybe he does to those who are only going to read the interview and not listen to it. He use to be so passionate for the business and so it's a shame the travelling as taken it out of him. The time differences and the rest make it a very hard job to keep going in. He was happy as double champion and rates it as one of the best moments of his career. Makes it even more strange he risked it.

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Source: PWInsider.com

Rob Van Dam appeared on SportsTalkCleveland.com's Pro Wrestling Insider show last night and spent over 40 minutes discussing his new RVD-TV project on www.robvandam.com, his time in the original ECW, his WWE run, the ECW revival and much more.

Here are the highlights:

On whether he is bitter over his WWE run: "Honestly, I don't feel I am bitter at all. When I went to WWE, in the summer of 2001, I didn't even want to go. It was never my favorite style of wrestling, even since I was a little kid and it was the only style of wrestling that I knew. So, when I went there in 2001, it was all business. At that point in my career, it was all business, and I was already tired of traveling. I already really peaked my interest in ECW, as an artist. In the original ECW, I felt like I was an artist out there, and I had the freedom to display my ability, my talents, and to show what I wanted to show, and win the fans over. It was in my control."

On the ECW revival in WWE moving away from the original ECW concept: "When they squashed the spirit of ECW, I was still kicking on the way out. I would tell Vince, "If you do this, the ECW fans aren't going to like this, that's not what this is about." That's when I realized (it was doomed) because he told me, exactly "Rob, I never intended this to be like the old ECW. Nobody remembers the old ECW." I'd say, "You've got to be kidding me! You don't think anybody remembers it? Why do you think the pay per view was so successful, and the DVD! Isn't that why you're bringing it back?" (Does Vince McMahon voice) "Rob, for all I know, those 2500 fans at the Manhattan Center were the last of the old ECW fans."

Vince McMahon's reason why fans still chanted "ECW": "I said "Vince, why do you think they still chant ECW?" (Does Vince McMahon voice) "Because I've trained them to do that over the last five years." Seriously, how do you argue with that? You don't, eventually you throw in the towel, which is what I did."

On Rob's appreciation of his fans: "I would be the only person who would go out behind the building and ... oh wait, that was something else I used to do (laughs). I would go out back and I would sign atographs for the fans that are waiting out there, and they would say "Oh Rob, you're the only one who has come up to us all day!" and I would say "Of course, it's pouring rain, and you've been standing under a tree all day, you don't expect wrestlers to come out here, do you?" But I would usually do it, because I would get energy out of that, and know that they would remember that."

On his WWE Title win: "WWE never planned on pushing me, they had no choice because the fans demanded it. I was told, when we were talking about bringing ECW back as a third brand, and when Paul (Heyman) was talking about putting the World Championship Title on RVD to kickstart ECW, I was told that one of the boys, that's married to one of the boss' daughters, actually said that "RVD just doesn't have that connection with the crowd". Now, is that a genuine comment, or is that a back-stabbing, throat-slicing comment to try and keep yourself from feeling threatened by somebody else?"

i guess rvd wont be coming back to wwe then lolLOL that last bit i assume he is talking about triple h, and thats stupid, rvd had a huge connection with the fans, a connection that even rivals/rivaled triple hs so i dont know what he is talking about, rvd is incredible in the ring if they truly give him a chance and i hope he changes his mind on tna and does head there because they would give him a lot more freedom, the scedule is pretty easy to deal with, and he can have so many good new matches and fueds. i would love to see him vs joe, styles, daniels/curry man, tiger mask, sting, angle, tomko, abyss, reign, storm, kaz, roode, booker and mesias, just to name a bulk of them.

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Quote The Baltimore Sun has posted the second part to their interview with former WWE and ECW World Champion Rob Van Dam. RVD gives his thoughts on WWE’s drug testing policy, having to tell Vince McMahon he has been charged with possession of marijuana, Shane McMahon using his Van Terminator move and more.

Below are some of the highlights of the interview:

On WWE’s Drug Testing Policy: From personal experience, being tested probably five or six times at least in the year, year-and-a-half that I was there and they were testing, it felt like it was very violating. For them to actually go inside my body and take my urine and then tell me if they’re OK with what I’m taking, it’s all very violating. At the same time, I do realize the goal behind it, hopefully, is to help people. And there are a lot of irresponsible wrestlers, there’s no doubt about that. I’m responsible myself; I can take care of myself. I’m an independent contractor, which means that I show up to work, I do my job, and then I leave. I’ll see you tomorrow – different place, same job. And that’s what I do. It’s a very onerous contract that they’ve amended several times since signing it. I signed the deal, then a little while later they said, "Oh, OK, by the way, now we’re going to add a dress code." Then a little while later they said, "Oh, if you’re late, you’re going to get fined. Now we’re going to add this drug testing." It’d be kind of like hiring a painter to paint your house and then every couple of days adding work for him and telling him it’s under the same deal. "Hey, by the way, we decided you’re going to paint my neighbor’s house, too."

Having Marijuana Legalized: Absolutely. And I think anybody that looks into the truth, if they’re not for legalizing it then they just don’t care about it. But anybody that says that there’s any logical reason that a plant that grows in the wild that zero people on the planet have overdosed from should be classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the [Drug Enforcement Administration] with heroin and acid, and is one of the deadliest drugs with no medical benefits whatsoever – people knows that’s [nonsense]. I’m strongly for the legalization. I divide the argument into three categories: there’s recreational, there’s medicinal and there’s even material. You can make over 25,000 products with hemp, which doesn’t even have THC. It’s just a plant that they have outlawed by assimilating it with marijuana.

Telling Vince McMahon About Being Charged: The day that Sabu and I pulled into the Philly arena and had to tell Vince, and I knew how much I had disappointed him and dropped the ball on his immediate plans, I felt bad that day. I was feeling like I let some people down. But that’s the way emotion is. Emotion takes the place of logic, and until you work things out you’re a victim of it. Eventually, I could see the big picture, and that’s how it goes down in history and I’m OK with that.

Shane McMahon Using The Van Terminator: You can’t patent a move. It’s challenging enough to come up with a move that nobody else does. … I try and do things that I would want to see done that I haven’t seen other people do. Most wrestlers obviously don’t think that way, and instead they steal somebody’s move as soon as they’ve gone on to the next company. It was actually Paul Heyman, my good friend, who showed Shane a video of me doing the Van Terminator and said, "Do you think you can do that?" I wasn’t happy that he did it, but I didn’t lose my cool, and I definitely see why he did it.

His views on the drug testing are very disapointing. It's there to stop further deaths and so he shouldn't see the test as "violating". I do see his point with amending his contract though. That should only be allowed at renewal time. His drug views I don't care about, as he's just a stoner. He doesn't sound sorry in the end for dropping the ball. Maybe he saw it as another chance to leave the company. He should have also been happy that as a one off someone respects him enough to do his move.

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Now while I liked RVD and he always enterained me in the ring, I personally think he has too high an opinion of himself, plus I think he over exaggerates his own ability, yes he was entertaining in the ring, but the fact always was that he is little more than a spot monkey who can jump really high and do flips...
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* Apart from the jizz stains (i'm sure I saw a couple lol), making a new topic on someone who already had one, having to edit your double posting and you thinking an RVD topic goes in the WWE section when he left them a long time ago, it was a good scan Tongue

* At least we will know if Fin Martin still checks out the forum because he will get in touch and threaten a copyright court case if we don't delete your scanning LOL
 
* Rob has an higher opinion of himself than he should do. Not that he's not good but he's not as good as he thinks he is.
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He has some good points, but considering the tone he takes during the general bit of that entire interview, what he says about many WWE high carders in the closing paragraph kinda reeks of the whole pot and kettle thing. Sorry to say this, but my opinion of RVD has actually lowered a little bit from reading this interview.
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^ I'm a big fan of RVD, and this is a classic interview with him.  He has always comes off as that guy with the big head and ego, that's kind of who he is.  I'm not sure he is really like that or if it's just a front.  I met him in 1998 and he wasn't too different then to how he is now.   One of the reasons I like him, apart from his wrestling matches, is that he does have so much to say and doesn't mind saying it.

Personally, when I read this I felt like you could tell he actually is waiting for a call from WWE or TNA.

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