Wrestling fans of a certain age will have risen to their feet at a certain point during the post-WrestleMania edition of Raw. When Rob Van Dam's music hit, they—like me—will have got all giddy and excited.
He's one of the most entertaining men to grace a wrestling ring in some time and, at the age of 43, Rob Van Dam is still delivering on a weekly basis.
However, his last run with the WWE was a bit of a disaster, and didn't really have any success stories coming out of it. Sure, he had a run at the World Heavyweight Championship at one point, but you almost knew he was never going to get his hands on the belt.
This time, there needs to be a bit more planning regarding RVD. Having him beat guys in the middle of the card every single week makes little or no sense. He deserves better, in all fairness. But just what roads could the WWE head down to make RVD's latest return a success, and what men could he feud with?
Alberto Del Rio
OK, so Alberto Del Rio was the guy who Rob Van Dam fought for the World Heavyweight Championship in his last run with the company. But these days, Del Rio is in a much different place.
In fact, he's languishing in the middle of the card. If the plan for the Mexican star involves a belt such as the Intercontinental Championship or United States Championship, it would make sense for Rob Van Dam and Del Rio to go at it.
In all honesty, they did have some pretty decent matches back in the middle of last year. They had a feud that had more chemistry than some on the roster at that time—although admittedly, not the best of the bunch.
With Van Dam's high-energy aerial approach, and Del Rio's ground assault, it is a nice contrast of styles to watch. They are both great workers, and they would surely bring the best out of each other.
Again, if one of the two men gets their hands on some gold, this would be a fantastic feud to see once again.
Bad News Barrett
Things seem to be looking up for the Englishman of late—after he finally made his ring debut under his new guise.
Barrett has put in a couple of good, solid performances—and is very much in the hunt for the Intercontinental Championship at the time of writing.
If he continues to grow at the rate he is doing, it would make good sense for Rob Van Dam and Bad News Barrett to have a bit of a rivalry.
The middle of the card is clinically devoid of any rivalries with substance these days. We may see one at Extreme Rules though—as Cesaro and Jack Swagger look set to lock horns.
These kinds of feuds are what lay the groundwork for excellent pay-per-views—in all fairness, the WWE is too reliant on the top of the card in this modern era.
Rivalries such as Rob Van Dam vs. Bad News Barrett would be a nice way to keep the middle of the card fresh—and kick off RVD's latest return to the WWE.
Is he a heel? Is he a babyface? In all honesty, it really doesn't matter.
The WWE is rapidly moving away from a time where wrestlers are either a good guy or a bad guy—and Cesaro falls very much into this modern era.
He can generate heat for himself quite comfortably—as can his new manager, Paul Heyman. So with that in mind, if Cesaro went on to become the Intercontinental Champion, this would be the best feud of the lot.
Cesaro is a brilliant, brilliant technician inside the ring. That alone makes him a perfect match for Rob Van Dam. Similarly to Alberto Del Rio, they would also have a contrast of styles—which is always compelling to watch.
And Cesaro is incredibly exciting to watch. As is Rob Van Dam. If that isn't good enough to have these two guys battle it out over some gold in the coming months, I don't know what is.
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