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Rob Vam Dam - The Whole F'N Interview
November 10, 1999
by RichInKC

RichInKC: How did the road lead you to ECW?

RVD: I 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.

I have 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.

RichInKC: You have the distinction of having one of the longest current titles reigns in the business, don't you?

RVD: Correct. It's been almost two years now that I have been the ECW World Television Champion.

RichInKC: 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?

RVD: Actually. 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.

I have 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 wrestling.

RichInKC: 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?

RVD: Yes, 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.

Now that 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.