Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Far Away From Uncle Ole
Re: Classic WWF/E stories and anecdotes
Rob Van Dam was once asked was there any guy he wrestled, who he thought was a dick and he mentions Chris Jericho, when RVD first came to WWE. RVD says he and Jericho were previously pretty close but Jericho was upset about his position in the company and how RVD came in, working with Rock & Austin, which Jericho felt took from him. RVD called him such a "political bitch" at the time. Christian & Test informed RVD that Jericho was pissed and was going to try & fight Van Dam. RVD replies with "sweet, where's he at".
He also told a story about, from being on the road so much for so many years, being excited at getting time off for the holidays. Suddenly, he said it changed to WWE doing the Tribute To The Troops but it was an optional trip, except Vince expected everybody to go. Van Dam said he raised his hand and told Vince "no thank you". Afterwards, Vince had a talk with him, trying to convince Van Dam that it would be a life changing experience. Van Dam said he didn't want to take a 24 hour flight in a flying wharehouse and doesn't even want to go to Ohio tomorrow. Vince tells him he appreciates that but still tries to convince him to go. Van Dam says at that point, he was so pissed, he wanted to fight Vince. Laurinitis tried to convince RVD to go and RVD still refused. RVD says the next week, he & Vince talked and RVD was certain he was going to have to tell Vince "pick a hand". Van Dam said he felt offended that Vince thought he could force him to go somewhere he didn't want to go, he didn't care about getting fired because he hated working there anyway. In the end, the location was changed to a less secure place and it wasn't really a must to make the trip.