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Writing Him Off: RVD’s Upcoming Break

As per the news portion of this site (and countless others) RVD will soon be taking some time away from the ring, a privilege that he has earned through years of continuous work, entertaining crowds, and creating memories. Now, we see why the WWE hyped his return so emphatically; they wanted to maximize his reception and drawing power during his first 90 day stint. While this could be an early indicator for a potential WWE offseason, (more on that idea in the future) Van Dam’s time away can have a mutually beneficial effect for him and for the WWE. While it allows RVD to rest up and maintain the energy and fervor that has made his comeback so overwhelmingly popular, this break can also serve to create or deepen the heel persona of a few enemies. Whoever, takes out RVD would get a huge boost from putting the living legend on the shelf and add a detestable facet to their heel character. What wrestler would be the one to take out RVD in the storylines?

alberto1Alberto Del Rio- Extends the mean streak and aggressive side of Del Rio. This new aspect of Del Rio’s persona has been on display since he first squared off with Ziggler at Payback, when he regained the WHC, and it has been a nice feature in his matches. They asked Alberto to be more vicious a few years ago and he’s done a good job of bringing that to life with his moveset. They can use the current feud to write off RVD by making Del Rio look like a ferocious heel. After a victory by Del Rio, or another Pyrrhic victory where Van Dam doesn’t gain the belt, Del Rio can go into a crazed fit, much like the one that injured Ricardo on the PPV—either Battlegrounds or Hell in a Cell. Battlegrounds may work best so that the feud wouldn’t get stale. Del Rio can assault Van Dam using the ringsteps, barricade, bell, a kendo stick, etc., putting the hero out of action for some time and reinforcing the vicious, dark side of Alberto Del Rio. This bolsters Del Rio as a champion and by extension, whatever face would defeat him for the belt in the future.

SandowedDamien Sandow- The young heel could use this boost to show that the WHC has revitalized him and made him dangerous. He’s currently being weakened by the lengthy losing streak that characterizes most Money in the Bank winners, but that’s done so that their victory comes off as more of a surprise. He has the mic skills, wit, and brain to be a great heel, so taking out RVD would also show that he has the rancor to be the most despised man in the building on any given night. RVD’s currently in a feud with ADR so how do you set this up? RVD looked very strong in the NOC match, and he’s getting a rematch at Battlegrounds. If RVD wins that rematch, Sandow could cash in and take RVD’s title. After taking the WHC to cement himself as a credible threat and to send a message, Sandow could trounce Van Damn around the ringside area and even have them do a stretcher job, so that the intellectual savior in an instantly-hated heel.

TNA vs. WWE Fantasy Match: Samoa Joe vs. Randy OrtonRandy Orton- This is a wild card, but given the direction that they’re turning his character, it could work. Stephanie said that she wanted IED Randy Orton back (which makes you wonder if she enjoyed that DDT) and IED Randy did things—cruel things, horrible things, injury-inducing things—at the drop of a hat. Van Dam helped Orton establish the Legend Killer gimmick, and he may be able to help Randy re-establish Orton’s merciless nature. After a scheduled match on Raw or Smackdown, Orton may just feel like getting violent on a whim and punting RVD into his regularly scheduled break.

HHH and Stephanie at Mayweather FightNo one- Van Dam has never been a stickler for rules nor has he been a proponent of authority figures. With that in mind, he could randomly decide to speak his piece against something the Establishment does, which would keep in line with his character. This would result in Triple H or Stephanie either firing him or suspending him for a prolonged period of time without pay, thus giving him a storyline excuse for his absence.



Van Dam’s versatility in the ring with opponents leaves him with quite a few options as far as writing him off the show when he takes his imminent break. It’ll be interesting to see what creative draws up for him.

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  • Bite Me You Loser

    I wonder how long are RVD’s breaks are? The length should determine the situation.

    • http://WWW.WrestleNewZ.com/ Bork Lazer Living Legend

      90 days. He works 90 day blocks, 90 days of in ring action and 90 days of sitting at home. IMO that’s a little lazy, RVD may be getting lazier as he gets older. I think he should work 120 days then be off 60 days and keep that pattern going, but idk.

      • Damian Starr

        He has put his body through more hard knocks than most superstars who have become almost crippled after a career of it… WWE just want to make sure that they can keep him in working order

      • Warren Roby

        WHy on earth would a man who destroyed his body when he was younger in ECW want to work that sort of schedule? He is 42 years old with a body of 60 years of age! I would love to see you do what RVD does in the ring for as long as he has then work the 120/60 schedule that you want him too

        • Chelsii?

          RVD has said recently his body doesn’t feel old.

          • jcice13

            most athletes that still can walk say that at his age, the only difference is that in an unscripted sport you can’t just write a victory, you actually have to beat someone for real and when you get to a certain age? well that someone is you from 12 years ago and they beat your brains in most of the time

          • Warren Roby

            Trust me. Im 33 and my body feels like its 50 right now due to all my injuries previously through sport and what not. Being hit by a car didnt help either. Some days I feel good but I still show the injuries. He may feel great but with what his body has gone through, I believe he deserves the 90/90 split… I just wish I had that option at work. LOL

      • JH

        RVD working 90 day blocks is fine, considering he works a full time schedule when he’s working, I like it a lot better than when the Rock comes back and only occasionally shows up for Raw as a part time champion.

      • cubfan4life

        When you have accomplished what he has in the industry maybe then you can have some say in if he is just being “lazy”. Til then enjoy it while he is here and then wait for him to come back.

      • B-Ped

        Completely agree with @borklazerakajacksondemarco:disqus

        But then again, I’m just not a fan of RVD (never have been, really), and I think a schedule like that is just plain lazy.

  • Damian Starr

    I’m going to say that at battleground, ADR and RVD have a long hard match which ADR only just comes out of. Then Sandow comes out and cashes his MITB and wins. This then derails ADR and the next raw or smackdown or whatever, ADR finishes RVD (calls him out, attack backstage etc.) and then ADR and Sandow can feud

  • Susanne Edwards

    I say they’re gonna do this.
    The next night on RAW, Ricardo and RVD get called to Trips’s office. RVD is inexplicably ‘fired’ and led out in handcuffs, and Trips gives Ricardo a tuxedo, ordering him to go back to being ADR’s personal ring announcer. He is given until the last segment on RAW to make his decision.
    And that’s when Ricardo does something unexpected.
    Rather than a meek “Yes, sir” or “Yes, ma’am,” Ricardo’s reply is a resounding NO! Then he tears into the Corporation one by one, saying he’d just as soon wipe his ass with that tux as put it back on. This would continue the Revolution storyline that is now developing in WWE, with Ricardo as a primary player.

    • Chelsii?

      Who is handcuffed for being fired?

      • Susanne Edwards

        RVD is fired, THEN led out in handcuffs to further the idea of Trips trying to bully Ricardo into going back to ADR.

  • JH

    I think it’d be cool if RVD walked out on HHH and Stephanie if they went the anti-authority route, rather than a suspension or firing, that would be nice I guess to show the world that no one is safe under their regime, but at this point with his reaction to Vickie’s gauntlet on Smackdown it looks like HHH is worried about another roster walk out.

    If they go the route of ADR taking him out, I’d prefer they use Ricardo turning on RVD and screwing him out of a title and realigning with Alberto, I think Alberto is a terrible character by himself.

    But my favorite scenario is Randy taking RVD, I’ll take as much Orton destroying superstars as they can give me, the legend killer, and the vicious heel-Orton is one of my favorite characters of all time. If they go that route I’d like to see it in a champion vs. champion match so Sandow can cash in (provided Orton and RVD both win at battleground). Or in a Number 1 contender match for the WWE title (if Bryan wins at battleground).

    Pretty sure it’ll probably be a vicious attack from ADR though.

  • KingBack

    Have HHH fire him would be the easy way out.

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