WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam was a recent guest Count to ten with Steve Fall To discuss various issues. When asked about his earliest memories of working with his iconic ECW rival Jerry Lynn, RVD recalled how the first time he wrestled him, Paul Heyman suggested that he beat him in eight minutes.
“When I first started wrestling Jerry, I think it was ’98, somewhere. He was not supposed to be a main event wrestler,” said Rob Van Dam. “According to the office there, you know what I mean? I mean, he was the one I was rocking at the time. You know what I mean? Like TV Champion and have these really great matches, and then Jerry and I had a match on TV once in Philly, and I beat him in like eight minutes and sold out.
“And not only did I like to feel like I was letting the fans down, especially at the time, I always felt like I had to go all out and prove that I was doing my part to make sure their dollars were well spent. So I had the power to do it. Anyway, Sabu and Paul [Heyman] Both were like, here you are. Jerry is down here; Don’t give him too much. As I was; I really think I might be a good match for him. And really, I thought he was athletic.
“But really, he was a friend of a friend. I didn’t know him. I just met her. But Scotty Anton was a mutual acquaintance. And also, I knew Sabu knew him, and he was known for wrestling with the 123 Kid or the Lightning Kid in Global, GWF. So I remembered that he was a lightweight, high flyer and I was thrown into that whole category. So I think I can have a really good match with this guy.
“So anyway, we went 20 minutes into the match. My clothes are torn. My hair is all over the place. My nose is bleeding. Pulled splinters from my ass. Finally, when I beat him 1-2-3 and the crowd goes crazy. Boom, big pop. I felt that I had achieved that victory, which was fulfilling for me. And I definitely felt like I did the right thing. And we just had great chemistry, and every time we wrestled, we thought about how the last match went.
“So we’d have another counter to it like he knew I was going to go for a high kick and threw a low kick and landed, and then he had to jump on it, and then I know how to fake, and it was just boom. , boom, and it brought so much out of each of us that those matches will go down as trendsetters and matches that I’m very proud to have shown.”
More than two decades later, the wrestlers Rob Van Dam works with still want to do something with him that he did with Jerry Lynn in ECW, but he won’t because they don’t have the same chemistry with him. with Lynn.
“To this day. When I wrestle someone I haven’t wrestled before, it’s usually someone younger, but mostly wrestlers,” Rob Van Dam joked. “But I’ll outlive everybody, but when I wrestle these guys wrestle, a lot of times they say, hey, can we do some of that RVD Jerry Lynn shit? And my first thought was, no. We had this incredible chemistry that you can’t do.”
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