Rob Van Dam has always had links to ECW, it was the company that truly gave the innovative superstar his start in wrestling, and it was always under the watchful eye of Paul Heyman.
As Rob climbed through the ranks of WWE, he was able to even head back to WWE's newly recreated ECW in 2006 and won his first and only WWE Championship at ECW One Night Stand the same year.
As much as Paul Heyman and his ECW brand had played a huge role in RVD's career, he was never given the chance to be a Paul Heyman guy, but now Rob has revealed that he actually turned down the opportunity to become a heel and side with the former ECW promoter.
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PAUL HEYMAN GUY
Many popular superstars have become Paul Heyman guys over the past few years, with CM Punk and Brock Lesnar being his most famous, but the likes of Cesaro, Curtis Axel and even Ryback were all given a chance to learn from the creative brain of Heyman.
Shockingly, Rob Van Dam has stated in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, that he was offered the opportunity to work with his former ECW mentor but he turned it down.
"The office wanted to put me with Paul and turn me heel, but I already have one foot out the door in wrestling, so why change to a heel when I’m on my way out? I’ve been so willing to stay strong and stick to my guns for so long when it comes to my beliefs. I’m a symbol to people for a lot of different things and changing me to a heel, at the last minute, could change that.”
Rob Van Dam left WWE back in 2014 and despite WWE offering him a return storyline along with The Dudley Boys late last year, Rob is yet to return to WWE since.
Even though the former World Champion turned down the opportunity to work with Heyman, the former WWE commentator had a huge impact on his career, it was Heyman who was in charge of ECW when RVD came through the ranks and Heyman that counted the pin when RVD defeated John Cena to win his first and only WWE Championship.
This means that even though Rob Van Dam never officially became a Paul Heyman guy on WWE TV, it was obvious that there was a lasting bond between the two former ECW stars.
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