Rob Van Dam sat down to talk about his time in WWE and about “now” being the right time for young talent to try out for WWE. He spoke with News.com.au to promote WWE’s upcoming tour of Australia. Below are some comments from Van Dam.
On younger talent trying out for WWE:
“Believe in yourself and be ready to work very, very hard and expect nothing in return, that way you will be best prepared for it,” RVD said when asked what advice he’d give to anyone trying out for the WWE.
“I believe there’s never been a better time to go to one of these tryouts and try to break into the WWE that way, because almost everybody on the WWE roster right now seems to have come up through their farming ground NXT. They’re always adding and building the momentum of NXT.”
On his longevity in professional wrestling:
“I’ve been doing this so long that I am privy to a lot of changes,” RVD said.
“When I started out there were many different companies … you could leave and go to a different territory and there were so many different styles. What we have now is WWE has survived the test of time and all the other companies have fallen off the face of the earth … now the WWE is a hybrid of all the different kinds of wrestling. I kid you not, it really is the cream of the crop, the best in the business. If you’re not in the WWE and bouncing around in the Indy shows you’re not with the best.
“I was told my style was supposed to give me a short career,” he said.
“But here I am still doing my corkscrew leg drop crashing into the guard rail and onto the floor at my age, and it all goes together: mind, body and spirit.