During his inaugural appearance on "AEW Dynamite," wrestling legend Rob Van Dam (RVD) took a moment to reflect on the ambiance of the AEW locker room in comparison to his previous experiences. RVD, who was discreetly nestled in a private space for most of his debut, described the setting as a pleasant midpoint between the massive production of WWE and the modest scale of indie shows.
"The feel is somewhat akin to some of the global events I've wrestled at in the UK and with Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan," he commented on his show, "One of a Kind." "From what I observed, the camaraderie was genuine, with most wrestlers genuinely pleased to be part of AEW."
Guevara's Warm Welcome for RVD
What stood out in Van Dam's experience was the warmth with which he was greeted by the AEW stars, particularly Sammy Guevara.
Sammy, the multi-time TNT Champion, didn't waste a moment to have a memorable photo taken with the iconic "Whole F'n Show," a moment captured by Guevara's wife, Tay Melo. RVD, visibly touched by the gesture, said, "Sammy's enthusiasm was palpable.
It was heartwarming to see how thrilled he was with my presence, a sentiment echoed by many others." It wasn't just the new breed like Guevara showing excitement. RVD, the revered former ECW World Champion, reminisced about an endearing interaction with Guevara, describing him as a genuine fan who was both respectful and awestruck during their encounter.
The wrestling community is buzzing with anticipation as RVD prepares for his maiden match in AEW. This Wednesday, under the guidance of AEW Coach Jerry Lynn, an old friend and adversary from their ECW days, RVD will face FTW Champion Jack Perry.
This bout isn't just any other match; it's a lesson Lynn hopes RVD will impart to the young Perry, son of famed actor Luke Perry. This clash is set to be Perry's inaugural title defense since his triumphant win on July 19 at "Dynamite: Blood and Guts." The wrestling world will be watching intently.