Throughout WWE’s history, we’ve witnessed so many entertaining and historic matches. There have been moments where we laughed, celebrated to the point where the noise ordinance was broken, and shocked us to the point where we were left speechless. I want to honor these amazing moments and those who created them by creating a new blog segment called Flashback Friday.
This match took place at No Way Out on February 17, 2002 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From what commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler had said prior to the match, he thought this feud had developed from jealousy, one man jealous of the other’s attention from fans and rising within the company. This “jealous” man was not green with envy but rather, decked out in gold. That’s right, my man Goldust took on Rob Van Dam in singles action!
Goldust was leading the majority of this match, taking matters into his own hands as he wasted no time and attacked RVD as soon as he got in the ring. However, RVD did gain a little of momentum by throwing Goldust’s head off the apron and barricade. Although painful, this didn’t discourage Goldust as he regained control of the match. This led to many shots to RVD by either punches, slaps, chops or kicks. At one point, Goldust does this cool – yet painful looking – maneuver by putting RVD sitting on the top rope, taking his head and pulling it back. Goldust continued to increase his intricacy in maneuvers by flipping RVD’s neck into the top rope as well as The Camel Clutch. All this time, The WWE Universe was behind Rob Van Dam with chants of “RVD!” filling the arena on several separate occasions. This of course, motivated RVD to counter Goldust’s Camel Clutch and try to connect his signature 5 Star Frog Splash on the bizarre one. The first attempt did not connect but the second one did, allowing RVD to pick up the pin and the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
This match and pay-per-view, among many others, are available to watch on The WWE Network for only $9.99 a month!