Wrestlemania 18 is held at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario. The event features Rob Van Dam vs William Regal, Jazz vs Trish Stratus vs Lita, The Undertaker vs Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan vs The Rock, Edge vs Booker T and Triple H vs Chris Jericho.
Jericho defeats Rob Van Dam to capture WWE Intercontinental championship.
Van Dam defeats Lynn in a special “Full Metal Mayhem” match at TNA Bound for Glory on pay-per-view. Van Dam picks up the pinfall victory after hitting a “Van Terminator” on Lynn with the ladder in front of him at thirteen minutes and ten seconds.
Roode defeats Van Dam in a singles competition ladder match at Sacrifice to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Roode ascends the ladder and retrieves the title hanging above the ring for the victory at fifteen minutes and thirty seconds.
Van Dam gives his thoughts about what influenced him to become a professional wrestler:
I started watching wrestling through WrestleMania and for WrestleMania II I actually watched in an arena and paid to watch it on a screen. Hulk Hogan was the man, but I was a big Ultimate Warrior fan. Some of the guys that caught my attention weren’t necessarily the main focus, I liked ‘Leaping’ Lenny Poffo a lot because he would do flying headbutts and moonsults, when other guys wouldn’t even leave their feet and that caught my imagination.
Van Dam defeats Ion in singles competition at Bound for Glory to obtain the TNA X Division Championship. Van Dam picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a Five Star Frogsplash at eight minutes and five seconds.
Van Dam defeats Ion in singles competition to retain the X Division Championship on the special “Championship Thursday” edition of IMPACT. Van Dam picks up the pinfall victory at four minutes and thirty-two seconds.
Van Dam defeats Ryan in singles competition at Turning Point to retain the TNA X Division Championship. Van Dam picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a Five Star Frogsplash at seven minutes and forty-five seconds.
Van Dam defeats Kash in singles competition on IMPACT to retain the TNA X Division Championship. Van Dam picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a Five Star Frogsplash.
Aries defeats Van Dam on IMPACT via disqualification. The match ends at twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds when Ray runs in to attack Aries. Due to the circumstances of the match’s end, the X Division titles does not change hands.
Van Dam defeats King in singles competition at Final Resolution to retain the TNA X Division Championship. Van Dam picks up the pinfall victory over King at nine minutes and twenty seconds.
Van Dam defeats York to retain the TNA X Division Championship at Genesis. York takes the loss immediately after earning the title shot. Van Dam picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a Five Star Frog Splash at five minutes and thirty seconds.
Van Dam defeats Ion and King in triple threat action on IMPACT to retain the X Division Championship. Van Dam scores the pinfall victory over Ion at six minutes.
Van Dam talks to Shining Wizards about his time in WWE, ECW and TNA.
I am sure there was a reason. I don’t know why I wasn’t booked on the 1st ECW PPV. It wasn’t my job to make the matches. That was Paul Heyman’s. I am sure when he put the card together, he had a reason for not putting me on it, and I took offense to it. So I entertained the first offer that Eric Bischoff put on the table to go to WCW.
Orton obtains the Money in the Bank contract briefcase to claim a shot at the WWE Championship anytime over the next year. Orton ascends a ladder and grabs the briefcase hanging above the ring for the victory at twenty-six minutes and thirty-four seconds.
Van Dam talks to Marvel.com about his WWE return.
It’s awesome. I predicted that this return to WWE might be the most impactful part of my entire career. It has a lot to do with timing, and a lot to do with being RVD because I have so many years of experience. But it’s all positive. All the time I’ve spent. There’s no downside. I don’t have that a.g.e. factor that seems to affect a lot of other people. Honestly, my body feels as good as it ever did. Sometimes my back bothers a little bit, but it bothered me even more when I was 23. Sometimes my knee bothers me a little bit.
Van Dam defeats Del Rio at WWE Night of Champions. Due to the disqualification finish, when Del Rio refused to let Van Dam out of a submission hold after a rope break, Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Championship at thirteen minutes and twenty-five seconds.
Van Dam is a guest on Talk is Jericho to discuss WWE, TNA and ECW. Jericho releases statement.
It’s part 1 of Chris’ conversation with the WWE’s Rob Van Dam. How’d he get his name? What about the two-thumb self-salute? Plus, hear about RVD’s time training with The Sheik, wrestling in Japan, and his move to the ECW.
Barrett defeats Van Dam on WWE Monday Night RAW for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship. Barrett picks up the pinfall victory at eleven minutes and fifteen seconds.
Barrett retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Payback by defeating Van Dam in single’s competition. Barrett picks up the pinfall victory at nine minutes and thirty-one seconds.
Van Dam talks to Ring Rust Radio about Money in the Bank and Paul Heyman.
The experience that I have goes with not only knowing what it takes to pull off a match like that, but also experience in knowing myself and knowing what I can do and how far out there my comfort zone is. I love a match like Money in the Bank, I love a hardcore match, and that’s what the Money in the Bank ladder matches are.
Van Dam talks to WWE.com about his return to the ring in Philadelphia and who all knew about his negotiations with the company.
Philadelphia’s awesome. It’s one of my top home away from homes. When I walk around on the streets there, people recognize me. They think I’m from Philadelphia, because I was there so much and because I’m so associated with Philadelphia through ECW. That was Paul’s genius. It wasn’t just a hardcore, extreme, rebellious, renegade wrestling company. It had the flavor and the pride of South Philly, which was very proud of ECW and me and my accomplishments. Because of that, people will always associate me with Philly.
Van Dam talks to News.com.au about the current state of WWE and its unique variety of entertainment.
I’ve been doing this so long that I am privy to a lot of changes. When I started out there were many different companies … you could leave and go to a different territory and there were so many different styles. What we have now is WWE has survived the test of time and all the other companies have fallen off the face of the earth.
WWE announces that the kickoff match for Summerslam pre-show will be Rob Van Dam vs Cesaro in singles competition.
RVD speaks to Bill Apter about Paul Heyman and his spot in WWE today.
Paul reached a level he deserves in this business. It’s nice to see the respect given back and to see Paul where he’s at right now. He’s no longer in a place where people are trying to bury him and trying to put him out of business. Now they look at him with appreciation like he is of wrestling royalty because he is. I see him pulling some of the younger guys aside backstage, giving his advice to them.