Vam Dam - The Whole F'N Interview
November 10, 1999
How did the road lead you to ECW?
believe it was in January of 1996 when I debuted in ECW. Sabu had already
been a long time top card wrestler in ECW. I had been in touch with him
although I have been wrestling for the past couple of years in All Japan
for Giant Baba and many independents. Paul Heyman called me out of the
blue one day. I thought he was nuts. The offer that he made me at the
time wasn't too appealing.
never been one who thinks that I need to work because I have other options.
This time, I felt secure enough to not go under the circumstances he offered.
He wanted me to go work and work against Mikey Whipwreck that night. That
meant no big plans for RVD. Thanks, but no thanks. I ended up going in
awhile later to work an angle against Sabu. I ended up looking so good
beating his ass that I have been a mainstay ever since.
You have the distinction of having one of the longest current titles reigns
in the business, don't you?
It's been almost two years now that I have been the ECW World Television
Do you have any aspirations to take on other titles or do you enjoy being
the only established TV champion in the business right now?
All of my energy is focused on the latter. I'm happy being the World Television
Champion and making the belt really mean something, regardless of who
has the Heavyweight belt, or what's been going on in the rest of the company
or the rest of the business. I just try to have the best matches that
I can. The result of that has been the World TV matches are the matches
that the fans are looking forward to most.
no doubt that if I was carrying the World Heavyweight Belt that the fans
would be anxious to see Rob Van Dam come out. The fans actually seem to
want that much more than I do. Eventually, I will have to go that route,
but in the meantime, I am enjoying the longest title reign in professional
I think it is safe to say that your matches are some of the most anticipated
in ECW. I think there has been a lot more exposure for the former Mr.
Monday Night because you are now on national television with ECW and TNN.
Have you noticed any changes in your fan base and being recognized since
ECW has hit TNN?
definitely. There has been a change. I live out in Los Angeles, where
the ECW syndicated show doesn't appear on any of the local stations, so
when I would get recognized out here it would be from fans who just watched
the Pay Per Views or the real hardcore fans who would trade video tapes.
we are on TNN, the people who recognize me tell me that they watch the
show every week, that they have been waiting for it, and they are glad
that they can see it every week.