It was indeed a shocker to see a vignette promoting Rob Van Dam at last month's WWE Payback pay-per-view. The promo was not for any kind of inclusion on a game or a new DVD, but it was to announce his return at the Money in the Bank PPV.
"Mr. Monday Night," "Mr. PPV," and "Mr. Money in the Bank" all wrapped in one was—as expected—well-received in the city that made him, Philadelphia.
Compared to his three-year run with TNA, he looks to be in better shape, and is definitely more nimble, as he impressed the Philly crowd by having one of the biggest spots of the night. His showing at the PPV should be a good launchpad to get him right back in the mix when it comes to the rotation of top guys.
Although he lost the match, RVD commented on his WWE return to action after a six-year hiatus (with the exception of his 2009 Royal Rumble return). He appeared to be revived, night-and-day compared to his seeming disinterest of being a TNA employee.
With the steam the he garnered from MITB, hopefully this can set him up for a marquee match at the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view. There have many theories surrounding what his position on the roster is going to be, spanning from being back in the main-event picture, to wallowing in the midcard to put people over.
Isn't that going to be Christian's job? I digress.
RVD showed that his Philly-bred passion is going to be revived, as this is most likely the last chance for the 42-year-old to potentially shine in the WWE. He was heavily gashed during the MITB ladder match, resulting in stitches. Out with the lazy, lethargic TNA critiquing, and in with the old control-frenzied ECW workhorse commending.
Regardless of the speculation, the WWE can not turn a deaf ear to the ovation from Philly—which was expected—as well as his projected reaction upon his scheduled appearance on Raw in Brooklyn, NY. These will be good indicators, but the real test is how the reaction is going to be outside of the northeastern "ECW Country" audience.
I could make a safe bet that it will not be much different.
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