Rob Van Dam was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021, but Vince McMahon seemingly thought he was already a member.
Over WrestleMania 37 weekend, Rob Van Dam took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame, having carved out a career that few can match. A former WWE, Intercontinental, and Tag Team Champion, amongst other accolades, ‘The Whole F’N Show’ was a deserving inductee, as he took his spot alongside the likes of Kane, Eric Bischoff, and Molly Holly.
Vince McMahon seemed to think RVD had already been inducted, though. This was revealed by Rob Van Dam during his recent appearance on Busted Open Radio to celebrate 4/20 Day, as the former ECW World Television Champion hilariously noted that the WWE Chairman firmly believed there was no longer a need to consider RVD for induction (h/t Wrestling Inc.):
“And I learned that – I think it was Michael Hayes that told me, that they were sitting around the table, like they do, when it came up, and I guess Vince said something to the effect of, ‘Too bad RVD is already in the Hall of Fame, or he’d be a good candidate for this year.’ And someone said, and I think it was Michael Hayes, ‘Vince, RVD is not in the Hall of Fame.’ He thought I was.”
Rob Van Dam continued, explaining who told him of his looming induction:
“You know, whenever that 203 area code shows up on my cellphone, I try not to identify my feelings about it, you know. It was Johnny Ace [John Laurinaitis] and he just said, ‘Hey, Vince wanted me to call you and see if you’d be interested in being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year?’ Of course, I was like, ‘Yeah, it’d be an honour. Absolutely’.”
Wrestling in WWE from 2001 to 2007 and again from 2013 to 2014, Rob Van Dam is often regarded as one of professional wrestling’s most influential performers, with his daredevil attitude attributed to his success in the industry. Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers voted him as 2001 and 2002’s Most Popular Wrestler of the Year and number one in the 2002 PWI 500.
RVD has also found success in IMPACT Wrestling, where he was a former World and X Division Champion. He departed the Anthem-helmed promotion after beating Sami Callihan in late-2020, and has remained semi-active on the independent circuit ever since.