ROB VAN DAM KICKOFF MATCH
Name
Rob Van Dam
Real Name
Robert Szatkowski
Date of Birth
December 18, 1970
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1990
Antonio Cesaro
In an action filled Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso retained the WWE tag team championship by defeating Diego, Fernando, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in a fatal four way elimination tag team bout. Afterwards, Cesaro did a face turn after Swagger attempted to attack him for being pinned.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being thrown into the kickoff match at Wrestlemania 30, Antonio Cesaro is the choice for Mick Foley when it comes to being the guy that will be given the big spotlight on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. Generally, WWE considers this episode to be the start of the new season, so they try to elevate someone up the ladder that evening.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Rumor has it that there are several people backstage in WWE that are disappointed with how Antonio Cesaro is being utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Instead of being given a big singles match on the pay per view, he is working a kickoff match with Jack Swagger. It also features Jimmy Usu, Jey Uso, Fernando, Diego, Ryback and Curtis Axel.
April 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Initially, the belief was that the tag team championships were going to be given some spotlight by WWE at their biggest pay per view of the year, but it has now been announced that Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fernando, Diego, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are being moved to the Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match spot.
April 1, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since time constraints might be an issue, there were talks earlier this week of putting the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as a kickoff match, but management wants to use it as a promotional vehicle, so it is now back on the main Wrestlemania 30 card. Many are expecting the segment to be heavily rushed, though.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Curtis Axel
Once you get into that WWE dog house, it's pretty hard to get out. Management has sent more messages to Ryback this month. First, he and Curtis Axel are utilized as a filler tag team during the Elimination Chamber 2014 kickoff match. This week, the two of them are paired up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in an eight man tag team match on WWE Superstars.
February 26, 2014
Cody Rhodes
While many were under the impression that Cody Rhodes was being left off of the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card because of his knee injury, apparently, he is healthy enough to work, as WWE has placed him into the kickoff match. He will be teaming with Goldust in a tag team match against Ryback and Curtis Axel.
February 19, 2014
Darren Young
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Billy Gunn

During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.

January 26, 2014
Billy Gunn

Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.

January 20, 2014
Mick Foley
In an effort to show new fans that the company is capable of drawing in the big name performers in the industry, TNA has added alumni profiles to their roster page on their official website. Some notable names on there are Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, Brooke Hogan, Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam.
April 18, 2014
Big E Langston
A video of the match between Rob Van Dam and Alberto Del Rio from the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, where the winner advances in the tournament to determine a new number one contender for Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
April 16, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Prior to Wrestlemania 30, there were plans in place to push Alberto Del Rio towards Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, so when the tournament was announced, many viewed Del Rio as a top candidate to win. However, management has changed their minds on that push, as evident by the fact that Del Rio lost to Rob Van Dam on Monday Night Raw this week.
April 16, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While he is not quite a full time performer for the company, Rob Van Dam has opted to head to Europe with WWE for a tour in May. There will be an episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown taped in London during this stretch, so most of the performers in WWE will be on hand for the tour. Rumors have it that RVD will be sticking around for a couple of months like last time.
April 15, 2014
Damien Sandow
There are people backstage in WWE that are questioning the Rob Van Dam return, as it almost feels like an afterthought. Aside from taking place on the same episode of Monday Night Raw where so many new stars were introduced, he also worked a match against Damien Sandow, a performer that has rarely been in a featured role in WWE.
April 11, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Despite the guy still having a large fan base, the return of Rob Van Dam was removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. The former world heavyweight champion defeated Damien Sandow in a quick match, but WWE did not view it as a segment important enough to be shown to their fans on Hulu. A lot of eyes will be on RVD now to see how much of a push that he receives from management.
April 8, 2014
Rob Van Dam
On Monday Night Raw this week, rumors about Rob Van Dam making his return to WWE turned out to be true. He came back and defeated Damien Sandow in a quick squash. Since he likes to take breaks in between wrestling, fans natural wondered how long he would be staying with WWE this time around. Right now, it appears that he will be leaving after Summerslam 2014.
April 8, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Since rumors leaked that he was going to be returning during the Wrestlemania 30 battle royal, WWE opted to pull Rob Van Dam from the event. Instead, he is now being heavily rumored to be making his return on Monday Night Raw, as management wanted to provide fans with plenty of surprises to kick start the new television season.
April 7, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While his potential involvement at Wrestlemania 30 has yet to be confirmed by WWE, Rob Van Dam will certainly be in New Orleans this weekend, as he is one of the slew of professional wrestlers who have been booked for the WrestleCon event taking place in the Louisiana. RVD has a signing on Saturday, but he is free on Sunday night to work a big pay per view match.
April 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since management still is trying to figure out a way to get the WWE NXT guys involved at Wrestlemania 30, there is a chance that Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville could be given one of the three remaining spots in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at the pay per view on Sunday. Rob Van Dam is a strong candidate to take a spot as well.
April 3, 2014
Andre the Giant
There are rumors floating around right now that Rob Van Dam might be one of the surprise entrants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. He and WWE have been trying to figure out a way for him to make his return, and when this match was announced, it opened the possibility of him returning sooner than expected.
April 1, 2014
Chris Jericho
In the eyes of the fans, WWE is definitely a step up from TNA. However, that is not the case when it comes to the performers themselves. During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam revealed that several of the guys backstage in TNA did not view WWE as a wise career move for themselves, as a lot of performers have failed to make progress after signing with Vince McMahon.
March 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
At one point in time, Vince McMahon considered Antonio Cesaro to be a boring performer and character. Chris Jericho confirmed that during his podcast interview with Rob Van Dam. There are some merits to the rumors, as people backstage have been heavily praising Cesaro for quite some time now, but his big push in WWE has yet to really take place.
March 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
A drawing of former ECW and WWE star Rob Van Dam at the DMV.
March 15, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While a confirmed date has not been given, we now have a narrowed down time frame for when Rob Van Dam is expected to return to WWE. He initially wanted to return in time for Wrestlemania 30, but there was not a spot on the show for him. Now, the former world heavyweight champion is aiming to return before Summerslam 2014.
March 2, 2014
Rob Van Dam
It is looking less likely that Rob Van Dam will be returning in time for the biggest wrestling event of the year, as management has been pretty busy trying to put together the card. WWE already has a lot of former stars returning at the event, so RVD might be forced to wait until after Wrestlemania 30 to make his return to the company.
February 19, 2014
Big Daddy V
Shortly after word broke out through the internet that Big Daddy V had died of a heart attack, wrestlers started posting their condolences on Twitter. This is what Rob Van Dam had to say about the death of his friend.
February 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While most people now know that Rob Van Dam was backstage at Monday Night Raw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this week, it is now being reported that he had a meeting with Triple H while he was there. It wasn't an extension one. The two basically discussed the possibility and the timing of a return to WWE for RVD.
February 11, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Several familiar faces were backstage at Monday Night Raw this week, as the show was being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where a couple of former world champions live. Fans already knew that Steve Austin was going to be there, but it now appears that Rob Van Dam, who is still rumored to return to WWE, was backstage as well.
February 11, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While they are interested in bringing him back into the company at some point, one of the problems that WWE is facing right now with Rob Van Dam is being able to find a spot at Wrestlemania 30 for him. Things have already been hectic as is backstage, so trying to find a good place and a story line for him is not really a priority at this point.
February 8, 2014