WWE Money in the Bank 2013: What Should Rob Van Dam's Role Be?

SMG@sethguttAnalyst IIJune 19, 2013

RVD will be returning to WWE at Money in the Bank 2013. (photo courtesy of wwe.com)
RVD will be returning to WWE at Money in the Bank 2013. (photo courtesy of wwe.com)

During WWE Payback 2013, a commercial aired hyping Rob Van Dam’s return to the company at next month’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view. However, the commercial and WWE.com have not released information on what exactly RVD will be doing at the event.

Will he be wrestling?

If so, will he be a participant in one of the Money in the Bank matches?

In my opinion, Rob Van Dam should not be a participant in either Money in the Bank match. It is exactly what WWE should not be doing right now. There is a plethora of young talent who should be vying for an opportunity at a world title. Money in the Bank was created to push midcard talent to the main event.

Superstars like Wade Barrett, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are just a few of the midcard names that could receive that push.

Rob Van Dam belongs in a situation similar to Chris Jericho. Van Dam is not part of the future, but he can help get the younger talent over like Jericho has.

The Superstar or Superstars who feud with RVD when he arrives depend on whether he is returning as a face or heel. Since Van Dam is another Paul Heyman guy, it would be logical for the two to pair up and have RVD be a heel. However, RVD will certainly have a lot of fans who grew up watching him in ECW and WWE. Like Jericho has the last few years, RVD may spend time on both sides.

If RVD returns as a heel and is managed by Heyman, CM Punk would be the most logical choice for a feud. Although Punk seems to be headed towards a feud with Brock Lesnar, that match may not happen until SummerSlam. Lesnar has been wrestling mainly at the top pay-per-views so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the feud last until August. Until then, RVD could step in and face Punk at Money in the Bank.

If RVD returns as a face, there aren’t many options unless he is in a Money in the Bank match. Fandango is one option, but WWE’s resident dancing heel belongs in one of the Money in the Bank matches. As long as RVD doesn’t win a briefcase, WWE booking will win my vote. However, what is the point of RVD being in one of those matches then?

If he is not wrestling at WWE Money in the Bank 2013, what other options are there?

RVD could be a special guest referee in a Punk-Lesnar match if WWE decides to book it at Money in the Bank. It would be intriguing to see which Paul Heyman Guy RVD sides with. This scenario would dictate whether RVD will be a face or a heel.

Perhaps RVD simply makes an appearance without being in a match. He could interfere in a match to set up a future feud with a Superstar. If he interferes on behalf of Lesnar, he could be the one to face Punk at SummerSlam.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how WWE uses Rob Van Dam at WWE Money in the Bank 2013. He is a great talent and should be used effectively without interfering with the company’s youth movement. The Rock overshadowed the young talent and was criticized a lot for it. RVD can be used in great angles, if they are booked correctly.

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