In a shocking turn of events, wrestling legend Rob Van Dam made his presence felt in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), leaving fans wondering if this was a one-time affair or a glimpse of things to come. RVD's AEW journey began when Jerry Lynn introduced him to the AEW audience as a response to FTW Champion Jack Perry's recent change in attitude, where he disparaged the legacy of ECW and the FTW Title itself, originally associated with Taz.
The culmination of this fiery feud led to a high-stakes match between the WWE Hall of Famer, Rob Van Dam, and Jack Perry for the FTW Title on an episode of Dynamite in Columbus, Ohio. Though contested under FTW rules, Perry resorted to underhanded tactics, delivering a low blow to RVD, followed by a devastating face-first chair shot, securing victory with a handful of tights.
To the delight of fans, it became evident that Rob Van Dam's appearance was not a mere cameo. He resurfaced in AEW on the September 23rd edition of Collision, teaming up with FTW Champion HOOK to vanquish Angelo Parker and Matt Menard.
The wrestling world has since been abuzz with speculation about RVD's future with the promotion.
Tony Khan's Open Invitation
Tony Khan, AEW's mastermind, addressed this pressing question during a pre-WrestleDream media call.
Khan's statement indicated that the door remains wide open for Rob Van Dam to return to the AEW ring whenever the timing aligns: "RVD was a great part of it; the Michigan fans were very excited to see him, and he got a great reaction from a live arena, and the show did a great rating.
I think he’s been here on a case-by-case, show-by-show basis. We loved having him; I would certainly be very open to Rob returning in the very near future. As we said when I saw him this past weekend, he’s doing a great job, and we’d love to have him back.
Great to have Rob here anytime when he’s available to do it and anytime it makes sense for everyone." This revelation raises intriguing questions about Rob Van Dam's potential long-term commitment to AEW and its implications for his previous engagements, especially with WWE.
Van Dam has hinted that his AEW appearances could jeopardize future bookings related to WrestleMania 40, slated to take place in Philadelphia in 2024. With the wrestling landscape evolving, the possibility of seeing Rob Van Dam continue his journey in AEW adds a thrilling dimension to the promotion's ever-expanding roster. Wrestling enthusiasts worldwide will undoubtedly keep a close eye on developments surrounding RVD's future in AEW.