Professional wrestling icon Rob Van Dam (RVD), a veteran who has been synonymous with WWE for over two decades, recently made headlines with his unexpected debut on AEW's "AEW Dynamite." This bold move has sparked speculation about the impact it may have on his relationship with WWE, particularly concerning WrestleMania 40.
In a recent appearance on Marty Jannetty's podcast, "Party with Marty," RVD shared intriguing insights that hinted at the repercussions of his AEW appearance. While confirming his presence at the upcoming WrestleCon, RVD's response regarding his WrestleMania status was notably evasive.
He playfully mentioned, "Allegedly I got booked for an appearance, and then allegedly that appearance was canceled when I showed up on an alleged competitor's TV program." This cryptic answer has fueled rumors about a possible change in his WrestleMania plans.
Given that WrestleMania 40 is set to take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – a location deeply rooted in ECW history – fans have been eagerly anticipating RVD's involvement. Known as "The Whole F'N Show," his presence at WrestleMania, in a city so integral to his legacy, would be a fitting tribute to his storied career.
RVD on AEW's Youth
Additionally, RVD addressed a controversial topic in professional wrestling during his podcast appearance. There have been murmurs within the industry about AEW's young talent allegedly disregarding advice from seasoned veterans.
While RVD suggested that these claims might be exaggerated, he did not completely dismiss them. He expressed concern over the possibility that some of the newer talents might not be seeking the guidance they need to evolve in their careers.
This situation highlights a broader issue in professional wrestling – the gap between generations and the communication challenges that can arise. As a respected figure in the industry, RVD's observations and experiences provide valuable insight into the evolving dynamics of wrestling promotions like WWE and AEW.
As we move closer to WrestleMania 40, the wrestling community remains abuzz with speculation. Will RVD make a surprise appearance, or has his AEW debut altered the course of his storied relationship with WWE? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: the wrestling world will be watching closely.