RVD Shares Thoughts On AEW & Praises MJF

Sceptical at first, but a big fan now

WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam has shared his thoughts on AEW. 

Speaking with Sportskeeda Wrestling, the former WWE Champion admitted that while he was sceptical about the new promotion around the time of its launch, he's full of praise for it now: “Pretty cool, they’re groundbreaking,” RVD said. 

“When they first came out, they just stood as good a chance as everybody else in my mind because even though I heard they had a lot of money, this guy owns [the Jacksonville Jaguars], even with all of that, that wasn’t anything new. Happens all the time, every once in a while somebody comes up and they think they’re going to be the next big thing and usually, they have one show, if that, and then they’re done.

“AEW started and I thought they were just going to be another one of those companies, and they certainly weren’t. It’s amazing that they draw as many fans as they do and that’s on TV and in person. The crowds are so much bigger than IMPACT Wrestling or a lot of the independents outside of WWE. So they’ve stepped up and they really are the next big thing.”

Van Dam was also full of praise for one of the Four Pillars of AEW, MJF: “I think MJF really has the fans’ attention. 

“He’s super committed from what I understand, he was at a comic convention of some kind and on his own without the production crew behind him or anything, he walked into a room full of black people but they had a black person on stage and he said, ‘Does anybody have any questions on Black Lives Matter?’ Like, what a heel. He’s just committed, he doesn’t laugh at himself or break character that I know.”

Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription. 

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