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TNA/WWE News: RVD discusses his issues with TNA

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Rob Van Dam discusses his time in TNA

Rob Van Dam

Former WWE World Champion Rob Van Dam had some scathing words for his former employers TNA and the talent there, on the Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast.

Rob Van Dam has faced them all and won it all. The former WWE, ECW, and TNA World Champion had quite the run under the ECW banner from 1996 all the way to 2001. RVD then made the jump to WWE after the untimely end of the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion.

There, RVD reigned as the WWE Intercontinental Champion, as well as one-half of the Tag Team Champions alongside Booker T.

Also read: Why TNA were desperate to sign Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio to sign with TNA?

Then in what would be the highlight of his career Van Dam would win the WWE Championship by pinning none other than John Cena after cashing in his Money In The Bank at ECW One Night Stand in 2006.

RVD did, however, get some assistance from Edge who appeared from under the ring to deliver a spear to Cena while both referees were down. Paul Heyman, in fact, was the man who initiated the pinfall, giving Van Dam the win and the title. 

Years later he would then make the jump to Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and would embark on a feud with Sting. He would then go on to win the TNA World Title after defeating AJ Styles on an Impact episode.

Despite sitting atop the mountain in TNA, RVD’s experience in the troubled promotion was not the best of times. He recently appeared on an episode of WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast The Steve Austin Show to discuss this:

"When I was with TNA there [were] a lot of guys that really felt like they had it and they didn't need to get better. They were fine with where they were at in their career and they were in whatever.

And then, working with them was a little frustrating because there [were] a lot of the times when they would want to do something, and they would actually put up, I don't want to say argument or debate."

Rob Van Dam continued describing his unpleasant experiences with the talent:

"and then 100% of the time, D'Lo Brown would come over [and say], 'no, Rob's right' and he would have to explain it and after a while, I was like, 'you know what? I'm going to be in my car. Just let me know when it's match time. I just want to go out there and show off.'

And I didn't enjoy a part of it, having to deal with people I feel, I don't want to say it was a lack of respect. But I'm just more comfortable with where I've come and where I'm at and appreciating that than some of them seem to be."


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