WWE locker room reacts to the upcoming return of Rob Van Dam
At WWE Payback, it was announced that Rob Van Dam will return at Money in the Bank on July 14 in the ECW hotbed of Philadelphia. The dynamic highflier was briefly spotted at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Madison Square Garden, but other than an appearance in the 2009 Royal Rumble Match, Van Dam has not seen action in WWE for six years.
In what capacity will Mr. Pay-Per-View participate in Money in the Bank? Will the former WWE Champion attempt to win another Money in the Bank Ladder Match? Will he target another CM Punk or another "Paul Heyman Guy?" Or will he simply continue to innovate and entertain as The Whole Dam Show does best? As soon as the news broke, WWE.com spoke with WWE Superstars backstage in Chicago to get their thoughts on what the the game-changing ECW icon's return means for WWE.
PAUL HEYMAN: The entire WWE Universe is buzzing about the return of a true one-of-a-kind, Rob Van Dam. And no one, I assure you, no one is more exhilarated about the return of RVD than Paul Heyman himself. Because after all, Rob Van Dam is a "Paul Heyman Guy."
THE MIZ: One of the greatest highfliers, a Legend in my mind. I remember from ECW to WWE, this guy is action-packed, he is a showstopper, he is must-see. He's not going to take The Miz's spot. I welcome all comers. I've always welcomed anyone that's come back, because the fact is, if people are going to watch them, they're going to stay to watch me. Who knows how much he has left in the tank? I'm curious to see how he does. I'm a huge fan and I look forward to getting in the ring with him.
VICKIE GUERRERO: My responsibility is making the best opportunities for Monday Night Raw. To have RVD return back to WWE, I am honored to be part of the board that looked at his profile and welcomed him with open arms. RVD and I go back many years to when he was with Eddie. I cannot wait to see him here.
BRAD MADDOX: Of course I'm not surprised, because I signed him. Or I should say, re-signed the legendary RVD. I specifically told him to wait for Money in the Bank, because I wanted to maximize profitability.
TITUS O'NEIL: Anything that gets the WWE Universe excited in any way, shape or form, I'm excited about. Because that means more fans in the WWE Universe that will be spending more money to buy Prime Time Players T-shirts. So yeah, I'm excited about RVD coming back. Get your Prime Time Players T-shirt: WWEShop.com.
DAMIEN SANDOW: I am not threatened by any man whose name is three letters.