One of the big stories from last year came as the year was closing.
Several outlets reported that "The Whole F'in Show" Rob Van Dam was testing the waters about a return to his former employer WWE. Van Dam, who is currently employed by WWE rival TNA has not been utilized well of late.
Some people look to blame TNA's creative team, while I feel RVD blew it in 2010 by taking a break while he was in the midst of a title run. You may remember that RVD was involved in one of the bloodiest attacks in TNA's history, which lead to a break and the TNA title in limbo.
Sadly, since RVD's return, he has seen little to no main event matches and has been stuck in mid-card hell.
Now SEScoops.com is reporting the latest update:
“RVD from what we’re told would receive a warm welcome in WWE,” the magazine says.
Providing that no contract extension has been reached since his arrival to TNA Wrestling in March 2010, it would appear that Van Dam will be a free agent in the near future. It was reported in 2010 that RVD had signed a two-year contract with TNA.
During his hiatus from full-time wrestling, Van Dam said he would consider returning to WWE if and when he felt ready.
“One thing that’s for sure is that WWE and I do have a good-faith understanding that if and when I’m ready to return that I’ll be talking to them. They look forward and hope that we’ll be doing business again,” he told the Baltimore Sun during an interview.
Now, if this is true, it would appear RVD's contract would be up within the next few months. Van Dam made his TNA debut in March of 2010, so the contract should be coming to an end soon.
Unfortunately for Van Dam and the WWE, this would mean he would not be available for a Royal Rumble return.
At 41, RVD can still go, although one has to wonder how they would use him if he were to come back. Chances are he would be in the same position with WWE as he currently is with TNA, just on a grander stage.
If this happens, I can't see any benefit for RVD or the WWE. As Van Dam has done all there is to do with the WWE and WWE needs to start building their younger talents instead of relying on stars from the past for cheap pops.
I am not saying this is any easy thing—I am just saying it's a necessity to keep the business alive.
Hopefully, RVD and the WWE will reunite for an in-ring run, as Van Dam has a lot of talent and could easily help mold the youth of the WWE and help put them over behind the scenes rather than in the ring.