Rob Van Dam has admitted that he was less than impressed with being continually booked to lose to Triple H in the early 2000’s.
While ‘Invasion’ angle in 2001 is often derided, sometimes unfairly, by fans, one of the biggest benefactors of the storyline was Rob Van Dam. Throughout 2001, Van Dam’s array of unique offence thrilled WWE crowds, as fans took him to their hearts.
By the time that The Alliance was no more, and the first ever brand split was underway, Mr Monday Night was one of the most popular stars in the entire company.
In 2002, Van Dam was drafted to Raw and feuded with the likes of Brock Lesnar and Eddie Guerrero. However, by September of that year, the star began a main event level feud with Triple H. Over the coming weeks and months, the pair battled over the World Heavyweight Championship, while Van Dam also found success in an unlikely team with Kane.
Despite his popularity, Van Dam lost every televised match between himself and Triple H, as The Game drew criticism for his apparent unwillingness to lose any kind of important bout.
Speaking to the Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling podcast, (the unintended irony of the podcast title won’t be lost on some fans) the former ECW star admitted he wasn’t happy with how he was booked during the program.
“I wasn’t happy about the situation at the time,” RVD said. “Competitive state of mind, you don’t look at it when you’re across the ring from him and you’re both competing for the love of the crowd, you don’t look at it like, ‘Hey, this guy is [an executive].’ … You look at it more like, ‘It’s not fair. Just because he’s with the boss’ daughter.’”
Despite this, Van Dam has now changed his perspective, reflecting on the great matches that the pair enjoyed.
“Looking back, I had great matches with him,” RVD continued. “He’s a really good wrestler. At the time, I don’t even think I could have admitted that, just because I felt like puffing my chest out and trying to fight for every inch I could get.
Rob Van Dam eventually won the WWE Championship in 2006 at ECW One Night Stand. However, less than a month later, the star lost the title, along with his ECW World Championship after being suspended, following an arrest for drug possession.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.