Rob Van Dam gave an interview with Ryan Satin of 'FOX Sports' in which he revealed some details about his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021, news in the air for days but which was officially announced this morning by WWE.
RVD explained what an honor it is for him to enter the WWE Hall of Fame, adding that for years he has been told by fans that he represents "a future Hall of Famer" for them. Well, the future will become the present in 2021.
"It's a really great feeling," RVD explained. "Just as you probably imagine too, it seems to me that this is a huge act of recognition and appreciation for my work. It gives me a wonderful feeling. I feel honored.
Fans call me. I have been 'future Hall of Famer' for years and I usually shrug and always say, 'Okay, man. As long as you think so ...' But I'm glad to be one of the shortlisted this year. and for all the fans.
I feel like they are behind me. And given how much they wanted that to happen, it's a win for them too."
Rob Van Dam and his connection with the fans
Rob Van Dam then added that WWE's Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, is the one who called him to break the news of his induction.
He and Laurinaitis were very close to each other when a young RVD worked for All Japan Pro Wrestling years ago. "I've known him since 1993 because I wrestled with him in Japan," RVD said of Laurinaitis. "From '93 to '97 I spent many, many hours with him on long bus trips.
We shared freezing arenas in winter, h*t in summer, ferry trips. In those years we traveled a lot together in Japan. And spend all of that. time with a person allows you to get to know them a little better. So, I'm proud to call Johnny a friend.
And it was really great to get his call. And to hear from him." During his appearance on the That 90s Wrestling Podcast last month, Rob Van Dam revealed the two people he would like to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The first name he came up with was his former ECW employer, Paul Heyman. "It kinda has to be Paul, doesn't it? I think it has to be Paul. Sabu doesn't talk very good and on the real Paul is the only real producer-slash-agent that's ever really had my best interests at heart and understood me and because of that I think it would have to be him, as predictable as that is."
This year's WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will also feature last year's inductees, with the exception of Batista. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.