Earlier this week, I conducted an extensive interview with Rob Van Dam that included some pretty compelling discussion on a number of topics – some of them quite controversial. I hope to get that all up soon, but for the moment, I wanted to at least post the portion of the interview where RVD discusses his big gig this weekend in Los Angeles.
WrestleReunion 4 is a major wrestling event, lasting from today to Sunday at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles. More information is available at WrestleReunion.com.
The event includes several autograph signings, and a Ring of Honor live wrestling event tonight.
Seeing as how if you’re reading this you probably live on Long Island, I’m guessing that not many of you plan to attend. But nevertheless, at least check out the web site and maybe buy some merchandise. Or, what the heck, jump on a plane at the last minute and fly across the country. You’ll get to meet Koko B. Ware, for goodness sake.
So check out this short portion of my interview, in which RVD talks about his involvement with WrestleReunion. I’ll be back soon with the rest of our conversation.
AC: Why don’t you tell me more about this WrestleReunion show in Los Angeles, how it came together and what fans will see?
RVD: This is going to be a huge three-day event which is very rare on the West Coast. Wrestling doesn’t even come to the West Coast often enough. When WWE comes to the Staples Center, maybe once or twice a year, they sell out every time. Even the wrestlers can’t get tickets for their friends. So they wait for a year. So there’s a demand for it out here. I think they’re going to do really well with this huge, three-day event where the wrestlers are signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans in the daytime. And in the nighttime there’s matches. There’s legends and there’s young guys coming up, and everything in between. My part will take place on Saturday, the 20th. I’ll be signing autographs in the daytime, and then I’ll have my first domestic match in a few years that night. So I’m very much looking forward to it, as are all the fans that have let me know around Los Angeles the last several days. I think they’re running commercials or something on us, so everybody’s stoked.
AC: Terrific. Who are some of the names that people might have heard of that are going to be at the show?
RVD: Well, I’m looking forward to seeing Stan Hansen, Bret Hart, DDP, of course Scotty Too Hotty, Road Warrior Animal, Demolition, Sunny, Japanese wrestlers Muta and Jushin “Thunder” Liger. There’s Ring of Honor wrestlers – I think Chris Hero. WrestleReunion 4 is the name of the thing. If you look at WrestleReunion.com, I believe, it will give you all the details and the times that wrestlers will be appearing. There’s also a deal – like a super ticket, where if somebody gets it they get access to everything. Then there’s also going to be other wrestlers how are there with vendors who rent tables. Dan Severn “The Beast” will be there. Chavo Guerrero “Classico” will be there. There’s a lot of guys I’m looking forward to seeing – Bruno Sammartino, Larry Zbyszko, and probably 50 guys I forgot.
AC: Wow, that’s amazing. I’ve been to some of these conventions and you hope for a handful of names like that, and you’ve got tons of them.
RVD: It’s huge.
AC: Is this your first time trying your hand at the promoting end?
RVD: You know what? I live in Los Angeles, so I don’t have to fly in. But besides that, I took this booking just like I would take any overseas booking like I’ve been doing for the last few years. I just got back in December form a four-week tour of Europe where I wrestled. They started in England, and then France, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria – and a little time off in Amsterdam.
AC: Heh-heh. I wonder why you went to Amsterdam?
RVD: Yeah. I’ve been doing that for the last few years – just going overseas for a few weeks at a time. This deal is so big that they were able to meet my R-V-Diva demands, and that’s what got me hooked in. I told the guy, “Hey if you’ve got some interviews that you want me to do, let me know.” And he sure does. Just helping get the word out.