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Rob Van Dam Comments On Meeting Tony Khan, Using ‘Walk’ By Pantera In AEW

Rob Van Dam made his shocking debut for All Elite Wrestling earlier this week when he confronted FTW Champion, Jack Perry.

On the upcoming episode of the 1 of a Kind Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam spoke about meeting Tony Khan for the first time earlier this week at AEW Dynamite.

“I had only talked to him on the phone before so last night,” Rob Van Dam said. “I met him and, obviously, he was cool, respectful and he reminded me that he had told me this on the phone a long time ago, that as a fan, he was at the stretcher match of RVD and Sabu in Philadelphia. He said he was there, and he said that he, you know, that he felt like that night, you know, was like a big vehicle moment that catapulted me, you know.

“At the time, it was like my favorite match at the time. I loved it. I remember the match, you know, really well, certain spots of it. But at that time, every match for me was the next one would be my favorite, you know, the next one, especially with Sabu. He was there, and that was a real special night for him as a fan too. So pretty cool.”

Rob Van Dam On Using “Walk” By Pantera

When asked about coming out to his ECW entrance theme, “Walk” by Pantera, RVD said that when he found out they would be able to use the song, it put him in a different vibe.

“That was awesome,” Rob Van Dam said. “Yeah, when I found out that he was gonna have the rights ‘Walk,’ it just like put me in a different vibe. You know what I mean? Just knowing the reaction that was going to get and how the fans would be emotionally connected to that, you know, let it play for a few seconds.”

But we almost didn’t hear Pantera on Dynamite as obtaining the rights for the song didn’t manage to come together until the last minute.

“And then it wasn’t until a little while, hour or so, within the first hour when I was at the building when that just changed,” Rob Van Dam revealed. “I was like, ‘What? Wait, how? Is this updated? Because I just yesterday … sweet!’ I was like, ‘That’s awesome.’ So yeah, I read some of the comments on social media for people saying like brought tears to their eyes and stuff like that. It’s pretty cool.” [H/T: Inside The Ropes]

RVD will challenge Jack Perry for the FTW Championship on the August 9 episode of AEW Dynamite. WrestleZone will have coverage of the show as it airs.

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