RVD On Being Owed $150,000 By Paul Heyman When He Left ECW

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Rob Van Dam was owed $150,000 by the time the future Hall of Famer left the original ECW.

It has been over two decades since the extreme promotion was purchased by Vince McMahon, and ECW often struggled with finances.


Speaking to “Wrestling News,” RVD recalled being owed approximately $150,000 by ECW head Paul Heyman by the time he left the company.

“Although he was taking care of me pretty good, it still felt like the longer I was there, the deeper hole I was digging for myself. And so, that’s why eventually I was like, ‘Look, I’m not going to be getting paid this and another type of company is going to be around much longer.’ So, when I left I think it was just before their last show if I’m not mistaken, but the very loose number though was 150 Grand.”

Van Dam added that Heyman made sure that the wrestlers wouldn’t lose their pay when he eventually filed for bankruptcy. He said,

“People don’t understand. When you file for bankruptcy any check you have written, 90 days prior to that bankruptcy, that money can be recalled by any secured creditors. So Paul waited 90 days after ceasing operations, so that nobody could come after the wrestlers for any money he had paid them. People shouldn’t vilify Paul for that – people should thank Paul for that. He couldn’t say anything. That’s why Paul was on WWE television before ECW officially filed for bankruptcy.”

RVD would join WWE as part of the WCW/ECW alliance in 2001 and would capture both the WWE Championship and ECW World Championship five years later.

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