Bleacher Report columnists Donald Wood, Mike Chiari and Brandon Galvin recently interviewed Rob Van Dam on Ring Rust Radio, and RVD talked Sunday's WWE Money in the Bank PPV, Paul Heyman, ECW and more. Below are some more interview highlights:
Brandon Galvin: Many fans relate Money in the Bank to being the summer version of the Royal Rumble. Since you've competed in many Money in the Bank and Royal Rumble matches, which do you find more exciting to participate in?
"The battle royals are usually among my least favorite matches. Of course the Royal Rumble is a very anticipated and popular pay-per view and it's very important in setting up what happens that year with WWE, but for my personal participation, I like to keep the spotlight on me more.
"Single matches, I feel, have always been the ones where I can shine more. Three-way, four-way, you have to split your attention with some other guys, and it can be totally great, but when you get into a battle royal with 20 or 30 other guys, it's just so different from what your agenda is when it's one on one competition. My preference is from the perspective of the guy putting the boots on, but really, if it works, it's good. If the fans love it, I love it."
Donald Wood: The Money in the Bank pay-per-view is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, in Boston and on the WWE Network. As the winner of the 2006 edition of the match, you know first hand how a victory in the ladder match can change your career. How do you approach this event now that you're a little older and a little wiser?
"The experience that I have goes with not only knowing what it takes to pull off a match like that, but also experience in knowing myself and knowing what I can do and how far out there my comfort zone is. I love a match like Money in the Bank, I love a hardcore match, and that's what the Money in the Bank ladder matches are. Throw the rule book out and let out your imagination. Usually, you have to be among the tougher [Superstars] to enjoy a match like that because you are going to be hit with steel and cement and there's most likely going to be some blood—even though they want to stop it with the current policies with the WWE, some people might get busted open. I wish they would bring the hardcore title back, that would make me happy."
Donald Wood: When you returned to the WWE, there were a lot of reports about your contract with the company. While it appears you won't be going for the major titles in the company as a part-time wrestler—at least right now—you have much more free time to explore other ventures outside the ring. Has it been difficult trying to adapt to the new style of part-time wrestling with the WWE?
"I have never been one of the guys that goes crazy at home. I can't even imagine what that's like. I need the balance. WWE knows I walked away from them in 2006, [that] I stayed away for six or seven years [and] that I'm capable of that without question. The other wrestlers, they have a few days off and they go nuts.
"I remember, even when I was injured, I had my knee surgery and was home for 12 months, but I wasn't just sitting around, I had a lot of conventions and things, but I would get phone calls from some of my friends from wrestling saying, 'Rob I know you're going crazy at home, but you'll be back on the road in no time,' and that's when I realized how different they are from me. I love my time at home. I need that balance. That's why I left before, and that's why this schedule is what works perfect for me, so I don't have to adjust to the busy times.
"We just did 17 matches in 23 days in my last run when we went to Europe and I did NXT in Florida as well as Raw and Smackdown. That kind of time for me is when I count the days until I get a break, always have, and some of the other guys have nothing waiting for them at the apartment anyways. They're young and they're looking to show people what they've got, I'll let them have it. I'm happy with my position and the way WWE is treating me right now."
Brandon Galvin: Not many fans know about your roles outside the ring as an actor. One of my personal favorites was when you appeared on City Guys in the late 90's. With the success of WWE Studios, would you be interested in appearing another film?
"Yeah, totally. I actually have several projects back in LA that are on the table. Some of them are movie projects, some of them documentaries, some TV shows. And to me, for that stuff to happen is like letting out 50 balloons in the air and seeing which ones make it back down.
"I regularly sign letters of interest with people who have given me offers and, nine out of 10 times, the projects don't see the light of day. Sometimes they do. When they do, it usually takes a lot of years before they come to fruition. I like to be on the creative side of that also, helping create the story and produce it.
"As much as I like the entertainment business, I hate doing auditions. I don't do them. So when you don't do auditions, you're not going to get a lot of parts. I did plenty of auditions, but I'm at a point now where my time is limited, and I don't enjoy doing auditions, so now I take parts when they're handed to me. So there are a lot less projects for me, but I love to do them."