Rob Van Dam – TNA wrester and WWE/ECW legend – spoke with the Shining Wizards Podcast on his career in TNA, the idea of retiring, and a whole lot more.
On Working with WWE: "I thought that the caliber of wrestlers that I was working with was great. I was in there with Main Event guys, the top stars of the industry, most respected wrestlers in the world. To be in there with them, and to be able to do some of my stuff, of course sometimes I felt held back."
"I was cool with it, but I was frustrated with the politics. But I didn't have higher goals then where I was at, I didn't have it in my mind, screw all these guys, I should be the one with the belt, I should be the one making the most money. I never had that in me. In fact, I never thought, and still don't think I would have ever been World Champion had I not, personally changed the entire playing field in order to make that a possibility. By bringing back ECW, and spawning a 3rd brand and needing me to represent it. None of that would have happened without me, and my passion and desire for that, so otherwise I really didn't think I would be wrestling main event single matches against the Undertaker and Steve Austin."
On TNA Leaving the Impact Zone: "I think that remains to be seen. Its a optimistic, hopefully adventure. The bigger crowds look much better on TV. Hopefully TNA hitting all these towns with bigger promotion then they do with the house shows, the live events, hopefully that will help the brand recognition get out there more. Its a lot more expensive to run shows on the road, then it is in the studio. Its more work for us, a lot more travel, we had routine. I love my flight from LAX to Orlando. I love the routine. Now, we gotta go places, where its cold and snow. Flight connections to the smaller cities, few hundred mile drives. There are a lot of different ways to look at it. Being a traveler, I am looking at it like that. Hopefully it will get the brand recognition out, it will look better on TV. So we shall see."
Will RVD Retrie in TNA? "Not necessarily. I really don't look that far ahead. I go with the flow. I don't know, when I will be completely finished and where I will be when I make that decision."
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