Rob Van Dam has opened up on what the WWE was looking to do with him during his last run with the wrestling entertainment company. The former WWE champion has said that the WWE wanted him to become a "Paul Heyman Guy".
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the 45-year-old wrestler, who recently claimed the PCW Heavyweight Championship, said: "The office wanted to put me with Paul and turn me heel. But I already have one foot out the door in wrestling, so why change to a heel when I'm on my way out? I've been so willing to stay strong and stick to my guns for so long when it comes to my beliefs. I'm a symbol to people for a lot of different things, and changing me to a heel, at the last minute, could change that."
Talking about a possible WWE comeback, he said that although he would like to step in the ring once again, the wrestling entertainment company first has to express interest in him. He also said that his return is possible if the "business end" makes sense to him.
However, Rob Van Dam said that at the moment he has no plans to return to the WWE.
"I have an open door with WWE as far as wrestling goes. I also have an ongoing merchandise relationship. I hope that the right opportunity presents itself so that I will do another run with WWE. For me, the fans missing me and wanting to see me on TV is very important, but the business end of it also has to be right," he said.
"I certainly hope that comes together, and it will be something that is right for me and right for WWE and right for the fans. But at this point, I do not have any plans of such. Even when I'm not wrestling, I still appreciate all my fans. I take all the compliments to heart. I don't think all the other wrestlers hear the same love from the fans that I do—they are extreme about it," he added.