It was announced just last night (Sun., June 16, 2013) at the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois, that Rob Van Dam would be returning to WWE at the next event on the schedule, Money in the Bank, on July 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Yes, that's hallowed ECW ground.
Here's the video WWE ran to advertise as much:
Considering his work with TNA over the past couple years and his being 42-years-old, there have been some very real, extremely valid questions regarding how much gas RVD has left in the tank. WWE is no doubt cognizant of as much and according to Dave Meltzer on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, the deal he signed with the company is for a "limited schedule" and is not a "full time" deal, though that could change if things work out well.
"He's coming in with a limited schedule. I don't know how limited but it's not a full time thing and it's not a long term contract either. But it could wind up that way."
That's not only the safe play, it's the smart one. Whatever value he has left as a draw needs to be carefully drawn out and advertising his big return one month ahead of time at an event featuring matches he was made for in a city he was made in is about as good as it's going to get.
Now we'll see if he can deliver the goods when the time comes.