Well, this is a surprise.
RVD left WWE in 2007 and, sans his one-off appearance at the 2009 Royal Rumble, has been gone ever since.
When questioned by WWE.com about his appearance, he explained, "I’m here to support my boy Booker T." Booker T is, of course, being inducted as part of this year's Hall of Fame class.
Interestingly, he was also asked about the chances of a possible return:
After some time away from WWE, RVD’s surprising appearance sparked much chatter backstage at the Garden. Still, WWE.com had to ask the former champion if he had any plans to return to his old stomping grounds.
To that, Van Dam only had one response.
“There’s always a chance.”
RVD's future in wrestling is currently up in the air.
He joined WWE's competitor, Impact Wrestling, in 2010 and had a largely hit-and-miss run with America's No. 2 promotion. Sure, he had several good matches there and even won the world title, but for the most part he often looked bored and indifferent.
The star came off as especially bad when you compare his lukewarm efforts to those of young up-and-coming talents like Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. Fair or not, it came off like he was in Impact Wrestling for the paycheck and little else.
In an interview several weeks ago with VOCNation (via PWTorch), he spoke about "life after TNA" and focusing on his upcoming clothing line. Although he did indicate the door was still open to return there, if he wanted to.
So, RVD is a free agent, but should WWE sign him if the opportunity arises?
What do you think?
Is he too old? He is 40, after all. Did his inconsistent TNA run sour people on him? Or does the WWE need all the stars it can get right now?
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