Rob Van Dam won his first and only WWE World Championship in 2006 at the main event of ECW: One Night Stand PPV event. He pinned John Cena to secure the victory and win the title in the midst of the ECW fans.
It was indeed a groundbreaking victory. The whole booking was done to relaunch ECW as a parallel show to WWE. The plan worked well but it could not last long because of weak bookings and poor decisions.
Rob Van Dam Says Winning WWE Championship At ECW One Night Stand Was His Crowning Moment
Rob Van Dam has always played a mid card role in WWE. He won the WWE Intercontinental Championship six times in his career. Him beating the premier wrestler of WWE at that time and in such an event was quite shocking. But things went pretty well.
Van Dam recently appeared on Ryan Satin’s Out Of Character program where he looked back at his first and only WWE Championship win which took place 15 years ago. He said;
“That was my crowning moment, obviously, and not just because I reached a number one spot, having the WWE Championship. There’s so much more to it than that because that moment, that night, all of that, was me sticking to my guns.
“I went to Vince [McMahon] with the idea of bringing ECW back for a pay-per-view because I said you got so many guys wrestling on your roster right now that are former ECW alumni. And we loved ECW, we could go one night, ECW style, just let us pay tribute to ECW. And so knowing that I was fighting for what I believed in and everybody, everyone in that crowd… they were so 100% behind me, my beliefs, everything that I stood for.
“They shared that passion with me and they were 100% against everything that Cena stood for in their mind. So it was really a [one of a kind night] out of my whole career experience. Winning that night really felt like a victory, not just for me but for all the hardcore fans, it really did.
“It felt like everyone that had been supportive back in the day of ECW, that had continued to support the ECW alumni, everyone that really preferred and missed that style, they were all rewarded that night.”
Van Dam has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year along with Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff, The Great Khali, and ‘The Big Red Machine’ Kane. It is rumored that he would soon join the backstage team of WWE soon.
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