The following is an excerpt from a new Miami Herald interview feature on TNA Wrestling star Rob Van Dam:
TNA’s Rob Van Dam continues to excite crowds
Meet RVD at Comic-Con, NWA Legends Fanfest
By Scott Fishman
Amid the young, high flying talent on the TNA roster, Rob Van Dam prides himself in continually creating his own level of excitement, something he established from his days in the original ECW.
This point was further proven in his standout bout with former ECW rival Jerry Lynn at the TNA Destination X pay-per-view on Sunday, July 10 at Universal Studios Orlando.
“I was very pleased with the match as was Jerry Lynn,” Van Dam said. “We had a competitive bout as we’ve always did. That same spirit that used to drive us for our matches before definitely came out. We haven’t wrestled since 2001. It has been quite a while, but we were able to pick right up and feel that chemistry together.
“According to the reports from the office, our match was off the charts. Especially for what they wanted the focus to be on right now and what they want the young guys to pick up and learn. I was super happy with the match. Jerry and I know the more we wrestle each other, the better the match gets.”
Van Dam excited the ECW faithful with his acrobatic moves and unorthodox style. Today it’s not hard to find younger pro wrestlers using similar high risk maneuvers to get a reaction. However, to the man from Battle Creek, Michigan, there is only one RVD.
“Before, my style was considered a pioneer style that people weren’t exposed to, but now even on a pay-per-view like Destination X, everyone is flying and flipping,” Van Dam said. “It’s the nature of that division. There are a lot of wrestlers who have been influenced by those earlier matches. Especially those matches that Jerry Lynn and I had in the 1990s. I don’t feel like right now, even after being in the business for as long as I have, anyone wrestles like me. I still stand out. Nobody does most of my RVD moves.
“The truth is a lot of it is because they can’t. Some of it is out of respect. A lot of it is because normal people can’t jump off the apron and do a 360-degree spin in the air, then come back on one leg, with the other leg coming down on somebody on the guard rail. Normal people can’t do that. Normal wrestlers can’t do that, or they will get injured. That is still one of the things that set me apart. That’s not going to change.”
Check out the complete interview online at MiamiHerald.com.