June 5, 2005
RVD ready to rock at One Night Stand
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Rob Van Dam's doctor may not clear him to wrestle until August. But that won't stop Van Dam from appearing at WWE's June 12 ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view.
After all, he is R-V-D, The Whole F'in Show. And it was him who initially pitched the idea to WWE big cheese Vince McMahon.
"I'll be involved with the show as much as I possibly can," says Van Dam, who is coming off knee surgery. "The doctors have told me lots of times before that I couldn't wrestle ... and I've proven them wrong."
Hardcore? You bet. Huge threshold of pain? Yep, he's bordering on maniacal. But he believes he owes so much not only to ECW, but to the fans.
"I started with ECW in 1996," says Van Dam. "And I was intimidated by the reputation of the company. Most of that was the crowd. The fans were so bloodthirsty and demanding. Expectations were high for the wrestlers.These fans would be just waiting for you to slip up so they could chant: 'You f---ed up.'
"The fans totally ran the whole show. Since there were no rules in ECW, my thing was I wanted to get more creative with a chair. I would spin kick a steel chair into somebody's face. That became the Van Daminator. I realized I had to outdo the Van Daminator so I'd do it off the top rope ... then it came the Super Van Daminator. Then there was the Van Terminator. ECW was about always topping yourself."
He remembers a show soon after winning the world TV title from Bam Bam Bigelow in Buffalo. He was facing Mikey Whipwreck.
"(ECW owner) Paul Heyman told me to expect it to be totally different ... to expect my popularity to be tenfold. Everything turned for me that night. I felt like I ascended to be The Whole F'in Show. And from that night, the fans would chant: 'R-V-D!'
"I had to make sure they were happy they bought their tickets every night. And I never had a problem with that. That was the night that started the momentum that got me to where I am today."
It was that kind of nostalgia that sparked Van Dam to approach McMahon with the idea.
"I told him it could be for one night only. We didn't need storylines. The injury was the toughest pill to swallow, but I did not want to miss the show. Some of the WWE writers want to dip their hands into it, but we're not going to let them ruin the show ... and maybe we'll kick the snot out of those WWE wrestlers."
And what about the ECW hardcore style, the balls-to-the-wall, buzzsaw matches that left a trail of welts, cuts, bruises and broken bones behind.
"A lot of wrestlers wouldn't survive in ECW. Some came in and after one or two weeks, couldn't take it and got out."
Don't be surprised if Van Dam is once again The Whole F'in Show, at least for One Night Stand.
- One Night Stand should not be an afterthought. It has to become bigger than Batista. Bigger than Triple H. Bigger than anything else. Sending guys like Snitsky and Tyson Tomko out to attack Chris Benoit, I guess, is good. But wouldn't it make a ton of sense to have run-ins from guys like Sandman and Sabu tomorrow night? The problem is the focus of tomorrow's show could be the Draft Lottery. WWE has a great thing with this ECW pay-per-view. It just may not know how good it can be.
- Imagine your daughter bringing her boyfriend home ... and it turned out to be Viscera ... Big Vis. Shudder at the thought.
- Plenty of WWE action is planned for Ontario in August. Ottawa will host a RAW live event (non-TV) at the Civic Centre on Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 9. That leads into RAW the next night in Montreal (on sale July 9) and Smackdown! in Toronto on Aug. 16 (on sale June 25). Other Ontario live event (non-TV) shows: Kitchener (RAW) on Aug. 12, Kingston (RAW) on Aug. 13, London (Smackdown!) on Aug. 13, Chatham (Smackdown!) on Aug. 14) and Peterborough (Smackdown!) on Aug. 15.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin says he would return to the ring -- to face Hulk Hogan.
- CPW will team up with the Lynx for some more ballpark beatings. Bash at the Ballpark II will be held on July 31, at 4 p.m., immediately after the Triple-A Lynx take on Louisville. Buying a Lynx ticket (ticketmaster.ca or at Lynx Stadium) gets you into the ballgame and the wrestling show.
- UWA held a show in Brockville last Saturday. Here are the results: Shawn MacMillan and Virus became the new tag champs by beating Bobby Roode and Petey Williams; Deeno beat Chris Cage, Taylor and Zack Storm; Bolen beat Joe Doring; Colin Oliver Carnage III beat Brad Martin; Willy Allen beat Reggie Marley; Caster McFear and Cheeky beat Jason Cage; She Nay Nay beat Portia Perez and Yce; and A1 beat Abyss by DQ in the main event.