Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jun 20, 2013
RVD Comments On WWE Return & TNA Wrestling

RVD Comments On WWE Return & TNA Wrestling

During a recent online podcast, Rob Van Dam spoke about his upcoming WWE return at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on July 14th. Check out some highlights below …

“I read this yesterday on some story. It said, ‘With one 48-second video, WWE can make RVD mean more than he’s meant in the last several years.’ I think it’s true.

The reason I think that’s true is because like over the last several years I’ve had so many people say, ‘RVD, you got to get back in the ring. What did you do, retire?’

You know, and I’m always promoting, ‘No, no, Thursday nights on Spike every week.’ And I’ve done that for three years. I don’t know about you, but I get that all the time. All the time. And that’s the difference between this and this.”

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56 Responses to “RVD Comments On WWE Return & TNA Wrestling”

  1. ToledoDavid says:

    Obviously, TNA still isn't getting enough mainstream exposure, even with the MMA tie-in, and Eric Young's TV show on Animal Planet. I wish that I had an idea on how to change this.

    • DiamondChampion says:

      Wrestling is the type of program you have to "grow up on". I mean a kid that is 8,9,10,12 now would have to grow up watching TNA. I think that is the fastest and easiest way to grow the audience or gain exposure for the company. TNA has to become a generational product. Right now its not, but WWE is. While TNA has gotten so much better in the last 2-3 yrs, that doesnt translate to getting more exposure outside of the casual and hardcore wrestling fans, meanwhile WWEs mainstream exposure is sort of maxed out. Ex. The Rock does millions in movies, he comes back to Raw and most of the ppl that watch all of these movies dont care about him wrestling. Its a niche. TNA is a niche product inside of an already niche sport, so there is some limitations right now. RVD knows that. Casual tv watchers dont go looking for a "different wrestling show other than WWE" and thats why TNAs exposure is low.

      • Sturk says:

        Well said!! Back in the old days people would just watch wrestling for wrestling no matter the brand. WWE Vs WCW on Mondays made it about brands instead of wrestling. WWE happened to ultimately win that battle. In the absence of their main competition WWE did a GREAT job in branding itself to make wrestling be the thing that WWE does. So therefore most people even those who only watch wrestling in passing will strictly watch WWE and nothing else. As you stated up top, people have to grow up on a wrestling company. I've always said TNA had to keep going through the years and their fans will grow up, have kids and teach their kids to favor TNA over WWE. WWE is grandfathered in just as WCW also was until it went out of biz. Its like that…. Longevity will change that.

  2. Mr_Wrestling_IV says:

    I watched the Guys Choice Awards Show on Spike last week. There were Bellator promos, the host from Bar Rescue was on the show, but didn't see anything about TNA. Poor job Spike, poor job.

    • jbcissom says:

      Very true, but can you honestly think of a better situation for TNA than SpikeTV?

      • godoftna says:

        If Ted Turner wanted to get back in the game, then TBS or TNT (or possibly even both?) would be a great place for IMPACT. With the help of the media giant that is the Turner networks, TNA could soar. This would have about a 1in a million chance of actually happening, but still would be great to see.

        • jbcissom says:

          I would love that, but we both know that is not happening.

        • OldManEaston says:

          Ted Turner is long gone from all of his old networks.

        • Bigmike885 says:

          ya..Turner is not even close to being in charge of thiose networks anymore…if he would have been WCW never would have went away.

          • godoftna says:

            Actually, Turner cashed out of the AOL/Time Warner partnership after WCW was sold and closed and I believe that he is in fact back in control(or at least has ownership)of his former networks.

          • godoftna says:

            Just looked it up. Turner does not own his former networks as he was unable to buy them back from Time Warner after he lost nearly $7 billion following the AOL/Time Warner merger. Still, would have been fantastic if he did and we were watching IMPACT on TNT. Even would have had a great lead in show on thursday nights with "The Hero".

          • Bigmike885 says:

            Wrong. Turner sold turner broadcasting to aol (acctually his board of directors did) at least a year before wcw went under (I believe it was 98 or 99 wcw closed in 2000)Sent from my iPhone

  3. stocksharkbite says:

    Shut up RVD love how they take the pay check from TNA and then go crawling back to WWE and have nothing but bad things to say about TNA and to be fair they do it to the WWE when they get let go and then they go crawling back to TNA and have nothing but bad things to say about WWE damn bipolar much?

  4. STH says:

    Let say again …Bob lost his step a long time ago. His 100% today is not the same as 15 yrs ago. It doesn’t mean he’s not better then 50% of the various Indy/Major talent out there. He’s just grown stale with his 5 moves. Those of us who have watched his whole career remember his REALLY high flying days. Better he go to mid-card “hell” with the E then be overpaid by TNA.

    • stocksharkbite says:

      Yeah so true btw all the WWE Fan boys ripped him apart when he joined TNA and now that he is going back to WWE they are suckling on his teat! Bring the noise lil boys call me all the names you want I don't give a rats happy arse!

    • Peckar says:

      And yet it was just last yr we seen him fly rfrom one side of the ring to the other and dropkick a chair in his opponents face. But yeah he lost a step. He was only allowed to do what he was allowed to do. No more.

  5. NotCookz says:

    To me, much of that is down to many WWE fans being only casual wrestling fans. It's harder to grab their attention.

  6. HolsG says:

    Yeah…Rob that's because you're not as good as you were and can barely compare to some of TNA's youngsters

  7. hammers362 says:

    RVD IS RETURNING AND GONNA BE PART OF THE NEW MEM . Look –… . They are making a series 10 figure for him(july 2013) just like they did 4 morgan when he returned . RVD IS SCREWING WWE !!!

  8. hammers362 says:

    hers the pic of his figure due in July 2013 –

  9. tnafan05 says:

    I dont like wwe at all and think rvd is past entertaining but as a true tna fan ive got to admit the hard cold truth i didnt want to watch rvd at all in tna but that wwe promo vid made me want watch his return to wwe and its true what he says i hate saying this but tna is nowhere near wwe

    • jbcissom says:

      Here's the problem with your statement:
      Jeff Hardy is the only "WWE reject" that comes to mind that actually pushes TNA. I read on another website (WWE devoted) where a fan asked HH for one more match. Hogan said thanks basically. Never mentioned TNA one bit, nor the fact he is in a storyline with Bully Ray, nor that he had a match with Sting last year (hopefully his last match). RVD… never mentioned TNA. Booker T… never mentioned. Come to think of it, Taz nor Mickie James really have mentioned TNA outside of TNA, but Tara has.

  10. hammers362 says:

    he wil most probably return at the destination x themed impact . i think thats b4 mitb

    • Whatever says:

      Are you really that stupid, or are you just brain dead. This just shows you the IQ of tna fan boys. If wwe are airing return promos for RVD then that means he already signed a contract with him. They are not tna and start doing things like certain promos and not have people signed to a contract.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      wow..really? really think that?..Whatever is compeltly right..WWE will not promote ANYTHING with ANYONE without a contract in place..period

  11. RavenNevermore says:

    Rob Van Dam is washed up. Who cares what he says. He cannot hack it in TNA

    • stocksharkbite says:

      Haha so true this WWE fan boys always rip on TNA fans I for one will match their smart ass comments with one of my own from now on so bring it biatches

    • Bigmike885 says:

      and yet he made more thatn 90 percent of TNA take that for what its worth..Guys like Styles will be just like RVD in a few years..

  12. Whatsup121 says:

    TNA has the MMA fans , the animal

    Planet fans. They need to move

    Into another area like the NBA or NFL

    just think how many people would pay to

    See Kurt Angle angleslam Tim Tibow

  13. Sturk says:

    RVD is stating the obvious!! I hate when ppl state the obvious. OF COURSE many people will think you retired being in TNA because TNA is a SMALLER entity than WWE!!! We GET IT, We KNOW THAT!! TNA fans all understand that many people don't know about TNA or don't give it a shot because it is in their family history to be WWE fans. Funny thing is he never said that about ECW though. MOST people who watched wrestling back in the 90's had NO CLUE RVD existed until his run with WWE in 2001. Yet he never makes those statements about ECW. Same way with TNA, true wrestling fans know about RVD in TNA, the casual fan doesn't because to the casual fan wrestling is WWE or WCW.

    • dcxboxx says:

      ecw in its day was much more known than tna though via its syndicated show more people watched that than the tnn show, mostly cause not as many people had tnn like they have spike (former tnn) now add that know one new wrestling was on tnn, it was the home of country line dance shows and hee haw reruns. yet the ratings averaged what tna does and at highest was just a little higher than tna. show attendance was more and they had legit sell outs unlike tna as muc as 6000+ fans they worked on a fraction of the budget that tna pays its non wwe stars. changed an entire inustry as well. to the point wcw and wwe had to copy them in order to survive. wwe had to work with ecw just to gain an audience to create " attitude era" while tna had to be wwe lite and still is. the only time tna was showing potential they were copying wcw with eric and hogan first came in, with the nwo rehash, they brought some exxcitement, then it went stagnent. look at aces of eights that failing now. its just like the nwo it went on too long now they don't realy know what else to do. not knocking the talent but tna has to real creative direction that keeps a strong focus.

  14. nwoforlife says:

    i will sum up tna problem ready SPIKE IS SMALL THAT'S IT

    • Bigmike885 says:

      cant blame spikes size..wwe was pulling 5s when they were there (you want to blame poor advertisement fine) but its a well positioned station

      • Whatever says:

        Well said and the tna fans boys will say that was then and things are different now and then I’ll say tna fan boys always have Excuses after excuses after excuses. What will next weeks excuse be for another low rating.

        • Bigmike885 says:

          that's the thing..the TNA diehards can say this is now and that was then all they want (its true really, but that's besides the point) Moving to another network wouldn't do anything for them..Spike is a well known station, but the only 2 stations that could compete with WWE are TNT and TBS, and we all know they're not getting back into the wrestling game. Ive seen a few of these guy say "hey, how about ESPN." well boys and girl..ESPN is the biggest cable network in the world..they have plenty of programming to fill their slots now, and if by any chance they do decide to broadcast wrestling, they'd get in bed with WWE. ESPN doesn't do anything half-assed, and they wouldn't just in with TNA..face it 99 percent of Americas mind (and im just throwing a fictitious number out there..don't get your panties in a bunch) WWE is the ONLY major wrestling company..most don't know TNA even exists. Its a fact mother has never watched a day of wrestling in her life, but she knows what the wwe is, she has no idea what TNA is..thats the mentality of most non hardcore wrestling fans.

      • jbcissom says:

        Some people just don't get it bigmike.

  15. Nova_numb says:

    I am not going to bash RVD, but the truth in my eyes is this. It was exciting when he first showed up in TNA because it was during that rush of stars that came in when Hogan arrived and everyone was buzzing over who was going to be next. It reminded me of the days when the NWO was first starting and you couldn't wait to see who was going to be the next member to appear. But RVD for all of his talents has always had a problem in my eyes with selling for anyone else. He is the kind of guy that wants his losses to be to do to some cheating or outside interference these days and rarely puts over anyone cleanly. _ I think Rob's plan always was to return to the WWE once he rested up on the lighter schedule of TNA at the time. Now he would be working a lot more for not the same amount of money that the WWE can give him. I think he still believes he is the Main Event and nowadays he is kinda the Mid-card dude. TNA should have used him better but I think they just decided for the money, he wasn't really much of a draw anymore.

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