Rob Van Dam Announced for 2021 WWE Hall of Fame ClassMarch 29, 2021
The worst-kept secret of the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame class is official, with the company announcing Rob Van Dam as the latest member of its class set to be inducted next month.
Van Dam discussed his induction with Ryan Satin of Fox Sports:
"It’s a pretty awesome feeling. Just like you probably would imagine, it feels like I’m being acknowledged and appreciated for my body of work. It feels very good. I’m honored. [Fans have] been calling me future Hall of Famer for years and I always just shrug and say, ‘All right, man. As long as you think so.’ But, glad to be among the chosen few this year.
"I’m glad for me and for all the fans. I feel like them being behind me and wanting to see this happen is a win for them as well."
Kane, The Great Khali, Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff were previously announced for the 2021 class. The ceremony will be streamed Tuesday, April 6, on Peacock in the United States and also feature the 2020 Hall of Fame class, which includes The nWo, The Bella Twins, JBL, British Bulldog and Jushin Thunder Liger.
The 2020 class was unable to have a ceremony last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Van Dam built his name in ECW from 1996-2001, becoming the most recognizable face in the company before it folded and was purchased by WWE. He joined WWE as part of the Invasion angle in 2001 and stuck with the company in his initial run until 2007, winning the WWE Championship and revived ECW World Heavyweight Championship one time.
After a stint with Impact, Van Dam returned to WWE from 2013 to 2014 for a brief run that mostly kept him on the midcard.
Van Dam remained active on the independent scene and rejoined Impact in 2019 for a run that ended last fall.
The induction of Mr. Monday Night had been rumored over the last week, with Paul Heyman essentially letting the cat out of the bag with a tweet Friday. Heyman, who helped turn Van Dam into a star with ECW, will likely play a prominent role in RVD's induction. RVD previously said he would want Heyman to induct him when and if he made the Hall.