Rob Van Dam has officially been confirmed as the latest and fifth entrant into the 2021 Class of the WWE Hall Of Fame.
After recent reports suggesting that Van Dam was set to be inducted, the news was confirmed by Ryan Satin of Fox Sports. Fox Sports quoted the newest WWE Hall Of Famer, with Van Dam mentioning what the induction means to him.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling. Just like you probably would imagine, it feels like I’m being acknowledged and appreciated for my body of work. It feels very good. I’m honored. [Fans have] been calling me future Hall of Famer for years and I always just shrug and say, ‘All right, man. As long as you think so.’ But, glad to be among the chosen few this year.”
“I’m glad for me and for all the fans. I feel like them being behind me and wanting to see this happen is a win for them as well.”
Paul Heyman, known for his spoilers put out a post on social media which all but confirmed Van Dam’s induction. Heyman mentioned he had been filming a Hall Of Fame induction video while hitting RVD’s signature pose.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) March 27, 2021
Heyman was Rob Van Dam’s boss when the two worked together in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Van Dam joined the Philadelphia-based promotion in 1996, staying with the company until its demise in 2001. During that time Van Dam held the ECW World Television Championship for a record 700 days.
Van Dam then went on to join WWE in 2001 and was thrust into the Invasion storyline that encapsulated most of the year. Representing the ECW side of The Alliance, RVD captured the WWE Hardcore Championship at the Invasion pay-per-view in July 2001. Van Dam was also part of the ‘Winner Take All’ match at Survivor Series 2001, his Alliance team lost ending the storyline.
Rob Van Dam’s biggest moment in professional wrestling came at One Night Stand 2006. Van Dam had captured the Money In The Bank contract at WrestleMania 22, becoming only the second man to ever hold it. RVD then challenged WWE Champion John Cena in the main event of the ECW themed pay-per-view. In front of a boisterous crowd, Van Dam defeated Cena for the WWE Championship. Van Dam was subsequently named the new ECW Champion as WWE revived that brand.
The one-of-a-kind superstar also won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the first of two spells with TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.
RVD joins Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff, The Great Khali, and Kane in the Class of 2021. They will be inducted on the same night as the delayed Class of 2020. The WWE Hall Of Fame will air on Tuesday 6th of April 2021 on Peacock and the WWE Network.
Everyone at Inside The Ropes congratulates Rob Van Dam for his well-deserved induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame.