It still cracks me up that WWE punished the guy for getting busted for marijuana. It's Rob Van Dam. You hire that guy under the notion that he smokes infinite pot. It'd be like hiring Quentin Tarantino and punishing him for swearing.
According to Rob in a recent youshoot, the McMahons had problems with his weed usage for years, even before the drug tests. Stephanie even once pulled Rob backstage and told him, "it is legal but don't shove it on our faces."
Which is particularly hilarious considering that weed is nothing compared to the drugs that her father and other top pushed talents have abused over the years, or even the "performance enhancers" her husband used during his physique transformation.
Post by cabbageboy on Dec 29, 2017 17:55:25 GMT -5
Yeah that is the irony of RVD. I've never heard anyone say he was into really hard drugs or did a bunch of roids. He probably wouldn't fail a wellness test for anyone other than the marijuana.
As far as this scenario, I don't think there was this massive long term idea for RVD in mind. To me putting the ECW title on Big Show was what they probably would have done anyway, it's just that the time table was moved up several months. Vince still would have taken a look at Lashley and still seen money and put at least the ECW title on him. Let's say that RVD kept the ECW title a while longer. He's the champion of a 3rd tier brand. As far as throwing down the WWE title, absolutely not. Why would he? He had been chasing the WWE since late 2001.
What I would have done is this. Have the 3 way Edge/Cena/RVD feud continue until SS 2006. At that show do a ladder match for both the WWE and ECW titles. At some point Edge gets knocked out and it comes down to RVD and Cena. In the moment of truth RVD reaches for the ECW belt, Cena the WWE title. It's a way to keep both guys strong and then Edge can continue feuding with Cena, while RVD heads back to ECW with that title.