Rob Van Dam reflects on how AEW kept his Dynamite debut a surprise

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Rob Van Dam has reflected on how AEW kept his Dynamite debut a surprise.

On the 200th episode of AEW Dynamite, Rob Van Dam made his debut with the company by confronting FTW Champion Jack Perry on behalf of his former rival Jerry Lynn.
Now, Van Dam will face Perry in a FTW Rules match for the FTW Championship on the August 9 edition of AEW Dynamite this Wednesday.

Speaking on his 1 Of A Kind podcast, the WWE Hall of Famer discussed his AEW debut and the lengths the company took to keep his appearance a surprise. He said:
“It was a pretty good reaction from the crowd. I was concerned that the surprise would be blown because it usually is, and it didn’t get too far out. Even a lot of the boys were surprised, and they went through so much trouble to hide me.”
“Even after we pulled into the garage, they put me in a wheelchair and put a black curtain over the top of me and pushed me all the way back to this room and I just had my own room, so I was like, ‘I’m not gonna f**k it up after they went through all that trouble’ and so I just stayed into my room until after my appearance.”
“I was still seeing guys at the end of the night, Jeff Hardy and Matt and Brian Cage and they were still surprised. Everyone kept the lid on it pretty good.”

As previously reported, Rob Van Dam also revealed his reaction to AEW using Pantera’s “Walk” theme for his debut.
Besides RVD vs. Jack Perry, All Elite Wrestling has also announced Blackpool Combat Club vs. Lucha Bros, an appearance by MJF and Adam Cole, and The Hardys vs. Young Bucks for this Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.
Also, Hikaru Shida will defend the AEW Women’s World Championship against Anna Jay on the broadcast.

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