“I Need to Kiss His A**?” – Former WWE Star Shares Advice on Forming Relationship With Vince McMahon
Former professional wrestler Rob Van Dam recently discussed his efforts to build a relationship with WWE CEO Vince McMahon.
RVD became the WWE Champion by defeating John Cena at ECW One Night Stand in 2006. Even though he didn’t hold the championship for a long time, this victory made him famous and respected as one of the company’s best performers.
Rob Van Dam on Vince McMahon
On the latest episode of the 1 of a Kind podcast, Van Dam remembered a talk he had with Bruce Prichard where he asked for help in improving his relationship with McMahon. He explained how Prichard informed him that Vince was looking for someone he could rely on to move ahead and choose the next champion.
“He was like, ‘You need to build a relationship with Vince. Vince needs to know that he can trust you, that you’re the guy he can invest in, that he can put the belt on that can lead this company. He needs to know that.’ I was like are you saying I need to kiss his a**? I’m out there having great matches, the crowd’s going nuts, I don’t know what else you want from me. That’s one of the things that held me back as well,” RVD said.
RVD explained John Cena was taking a break
While talking, the Hall of Famer claimed that Prichard wanted him to become one of the best wrestlers in the company. He shared that John Cena was unavailable because he was filming The Marine, which created an opportunity for him to stand out and show his skills.
Rob disclosed that he had similar talks with people like Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon. He believed that he needed to involve himself in backstage dealings and politics in order to advance in WWE.
“That same conversation happened with ShaneO, Stephanie. I didn’t get it. I thought they were telling me that I had to politic. Maybe they were, maybe it was the right thing to do but I didn’t get it,” he said.
17 Years ago today, Rob Van Dam defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship in the main event of ECW One Night Stand 2006. pic.twitter.com/EBRVbbvpbl
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Van Dam can be proud of his career, which has included entry into the WWE Hall of Fame.