It seems like Rob Van Dam’s time with IMPACT Wrestling is now up, and in a recent interview he discussed the potential for retirement in the near future.
During the interview with The Dropkick Podcast, Van Dam noted that he would likely retire before turning 51 – although gave the usual caveat of always being at the ready.
Sure, I’ve thought about it. I’m kind of surprised I’m still wrestling because I knew I was winding down a couple of years ago, and then I thought I was gonna do 10-12 matches per year. That’s winding down for me, and I was thinking I would even work my way down. I’m going to be 50 in December. I’m 49 right now. I want to say that if I am going to retire, I probably will do it before I’m 51. Maybe I won’t retire. Maybe I’ll be like Dory Funk Jr. and maybe I’ll keep the boots on the bottom shelf.
This would lead many to think that he would be in line for entering the WWE Hall Of Fame, which only seems to happen once you’ve officially hung up your boots.
This is something Van Dam finds odd, but isn’t certain if he would go in or not.
I could see it happening, but knowing how things work, I could also see it not happening and not happening for a long time anyway. I used to think, and I’m still not sure, but do you have to retire to be in the Hall of Fame? And the fact that I’ve been wrestling for Impact, that’s got to be a factor too. But yeah, who knows. Of course, it would be an honour, and we’ll see. I think it’s a little early to prepare my speech.
When it comes to who he’d like to induct him if he were to go in to the Hall Of Fame, there’s a fairly obvious choice.
I think the obvious answer is Paul [Heyman]. I think that’s definitely the right person to do it.
With thanks to 411 Mania for the transcription.