Following on from the news that Rob Van Dam is going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, the man himself has now revealed how he found out that he was set to be honoured.
Speaking to Ryan Satin of Fox Sports, Rob Van Dam reflected on the news of his induction, thanking his fans for their support.
“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,” he said this week during an interview. “[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.”
The ECW legend went on to detail how it was WWE’s Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, who made the call to break the news. Van Dam explained that it was cool to get the call from Laurinaitis, because of the time they spent together working in Japan back in the early 1990’s.
“I’ve known him since ’93 because I used to wrestle with him in Japan. From ’93 to ’97, I spent many, many long hours on long bus rides, sitting in cold arenas in the winter, hot in the summer and ferry boat rides. We did a lot of traveling around Japan that time. You get to know somebody a little better when you’re stuck with them all the time like that. So I’m proud to call Johnny a friend, and it was really cool to get the call from him.”
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.