He was on deck. WWE has been around for a very long time now and there have been countless wrestlers walking in and out of the door. While there have been a lot of wrestlers, there are even fewer who have made any serious impact. Those wrestlers are big deals and when you see them pop up again, it can mean a lot. That was almost the case last month in a pretty big role.

During a recent interview with Sportskeeda, WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam said that he contacted WWE about being on standby for the men’s Royal Rumble. Van Dam even had a special outfit made up for the event, though WWE did not call him for the event. This came as WWE was said to have several NXT names on standby in case the Coronavirus took some scheduled names out of the match. Van Dam has wrestled multiple stints in WWE, with his most recent match taking place in August 2014.

Opinion: It’s kind of a shame that WWE did not take Van Dam up on his offer as he is a star who would have gotten a nice reaction. Van Dam is certainly a legend and someone who could have been a big deal for the match. You need some nostalgia/legendary entrants in a Royal Rumble to make things feel special and it isn’t like Van Dam would have been a downgrade over some of the people who wound up in the match.

How would a Van Dam appearance have gone? Who else would you like to have seen in the match? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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