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Mr. Monday Night Returning To Monday Nights

Rob Van DamTo nobody’s surprise (well maybe the surprise of TNA officials), word has been leaked about TNA’s signing of quite arguably, pro wrestling’s biggest free agent; Rob Van Dam. The addition of the former joint WWE/ECW Champion is sure to give TNA’s live Impact this coming Monday a boost in the ratings against WWE Raw. And while RVD coming back to a televised wrestling program is welcome, to me, it would have made more sense to have him debut in 2 weeks (the night Austin is supposed to host Raw).

The addition of Rob Van Dam to the TNA roster will also provide some fresh, new matches for Monday night wrestling & Pay Per Views that fans either haven’t seen before or have not seen in a long time. Looking at the current TNA roster, these would be my top 5 picks for matches featuring the Whole F’ing Show.

5. RVD vs. Sting – I’m not sure if this has ever been done. Even though Sting is getting up there in age, he knows how to bring his A game for the big matches. A meeting between the two legends is a must at some point on PPV.

4. RVD vs. Nigel McGuinness (Desmond Wolfe) – Smart mark dream match right there. Plus, TNA would probably pull a nice portion of ROH fans in for this one. Definitely a PPV match that should not be given away for free.

3. RVD vs. Elijah Burke (D’Angelo Dinero) – Yes, we’ve seen it on WWE’s ECW. For those who haven’t, Burke was the leader of a faction called The New Breed that was trying to take over ECW & waged war against the ECW Originals. Burke is highly underrated and could have a Hell of a good match with RVD. I’m also predicting this to be a big year for Burke. WWE dropped the ball big time with him. But I digress…

2. RVD vs. AJ Styles – A lot of people would pick this as their #1 money match. I have something else in mind. But a match between RVD & AJ, keep in mind NO outside interference, & a good half hour has the potential to be SICK. This will probably be the most high flying, innovative spot match known to man. And it will be one Hell of an enjoyable ride.

1. Extreme Grudge Match 10 Years in the Making: RVD vs. Rhino – Your storyline goes back to the old ECW when RVD was forced to vacate the Television Championship due to injury. Rhino captured the TV Title & went on to win the ECW Championship at Guilty as Charged 2001. RVD made a surprise return that night & it looked as if we were going to finally see RVD square off against ECW’s rookie monster, but it didn’t happen. Fast forward to ECW One Night Stand 2005; Rhino attacked an injured Van Dam, but no match between the two took place. Here we are 5 years later & TNA has the potential to really do something special here. Throw the rule book out the window. No outside interference. And for one night, give everyone an old ECW style match between the two. TNA, if you’re gonna make any match happen, make it this one. I don’t care if every other match on the card looks terrible; I will buy a PPV for this.

It will be interesting to see what extreme heights TNA gets taken to this coming Monday night.

Order the Best of RVD TV Vol. 1 on DVD by clicking here.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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