Rob Van Dam's 10 greatest rivalries

#10 John Cena

Given the intense emotions running rampant inside New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom at ECW One Night Stand 2006, one might think Rob Van Dam and WWE Champion John Cena were longtime nemeses with years of bad blood between them. In reality, however, Mr. Monday Night and the Cenation leader had clashed in singles action only once before.

After winning the coveted Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania 22, RVD announced he would “cash in” on Cena at One Night Stand in front of legions of Cena-hating ECW fans. Van Dam also vowed that if he won Cena’s title, he would rename it the ECW World Championship.

Ultimately, Edge interfered in the match, Spearing Cena through a table and leaving the WWE Champion vulnerable to a Five-Star Frog Splash that sealed a victory for The Whole Dam Show. Two nights later on the premiere of WWE’s revived ECW, Paul Heyman presented RVD with the new ECW Championship, but the accomplished martial artist opted to also hold onto Cena’s customized WWE Title as well, but not necessarily because he respected it.

“This is the ECW World Championship and I will wear it proudly,” RVD said, holding both ECW and WWE’s most prestigious titles on his shoulders. “And look at this one … it spins.”

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