Rob Van Dam was a type of WWE superstars that the followers saved cheering for till he bought the title he was due.
The previous ECW star had been in WWE 5 years by the point he bought the Cash within the Financial institution contract in 2006.
Then 36 and in his prime, Van Dam was pushed to the world title scene for the primary time and confronted John Cena for the WWE title on the second ECW: One Evening Stand occasion.
When RVD received the title, and was subsequently awarded the ECW title because the model rebooted as WWE’s third present, it felt like a victory for the followers and he had lastly made his solution to the highest.
Nevertheless it was extraordinarily short-lived.
RVD was arrested on July 2 for dashing on U.S. Route 52 in Ohio. He had solely received the title on June 11.
RVD had been stopped for dashing by an Ohio State Freeway Patrol trooper, who found that he was in possession of 18 grams of cannabis and 5 Vicodin capsules, whereas Sabu was in possession of drug paraphernalia and 9 tablets of Testolactone.
A drug arrest was grounds for rapid dismissal below WWE’s Wellness Coverage on the time, however as an alternative, RVD was suspended for 30 days. As a part of his punishment, he dropped each of his world titles in per week; first the WWE title to Edge after which the ECW title to Massive Present.
Talking on his WWE Icons documentary, WWE chairman Vince McMahon addressed the scenario for the primary time.
“It was so disappointing. I used to be personally upset over Rob’s actions as a result of I assumed he was above that,” he mentioned.
“Clearly, when one thing like that occurs, we’ve got to be involved about how the corporate appears to be like and Rob was not champion for much longer.
“By the subsequent day, earlier than I even bought to the sector, it was throughout each sort of media. Why? As a result of I used to be the WWE champion on the time. Identical to I used to assume I used to be indestructible and couldn’t get damage, I feel a variety of me thought I additionally couldn’t get in hassle.
“I feel a variety of going via life I assumed ‘hey, I’m privileged. I’m a celebrity.’ And to be sincere, generally it’s that method, generally it isn’t.
“Once I bought to the constructing, Vince informed me ‘Rob, tonight you’re going to be stripped of your WWE championship. Tomorrow, you’ll be stripped of the ECW championship.’
“He additionally mentioned you’re going to be suspended for 30 days. I knew that I had significantly dropped the ball on some main plans for WWE and ECW.”
RVD by no means did attain the mountain prime in WWE once more. He departed the corporate in 2007 and returned for runs right here and there through the years and now finds himself within the WWE Corridor of Fame.