The stars are out in force tonight (Sat., April 6, 2013) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, as WWE hosts its Hall of Fame ceremony for the 2013 class of inductees, including Bruno Sammartino, Mick Foley, Bob Backlund, Booker T, Trish Stratus, and Donald Trump.
Almost as noteworthy, though, is who shows up in the crowd. And we've got a Rob Van Dam sighting, folks.
Indeed, earlier this week, RVD teased the potential for a return to WWE when he said he would popping back up on television very soon. With his TNA contract expired, the possibility for as much is there, although with the manner in which WWE has treated its competitor's talent of late, it's always seemed highly unlikely.
That is until the company started promoting his presence at the Hall of Fame ceremony tonight.
WWE.com has an article up on him entitled "Rob Van Dam spotted at 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony." Here's an excerpt:
"[It's great] seeing a lot of guys I haven't seen since I left," said the longtime veteran, who memorably won the WWE Championship from John Cena in the rowdy Hammerstein Ballroom at ECW One Night Stand 2006.
After some time away from WWE, RVD's surprising appearance sparked much chatter backstage at the Garden. Still, WWE.com had to ask the former champion if he had any plans to return to his old stomping grounds.
To that, Van Dam only had one response.
"There's always a chance."
It should be noted that there are a ton of wrestlers in town for the various pro wrestling related festivities. Hell, TNA President Dixie Carter tweeted earlier today that she met WWE Executive Stephanie McMahon for the first time.
That doesn't necessarily mean Carter will be showing up on WWE TV sometime soon.
Granted, the situation with RVD is entirely different and with the recent switch in philosophy to forgo surprise returns in favor of Internet promotion with not-so-subtle teases like this, it's fair to wonder whether or not it was silly to assume that WWE wouldn't be interested in the 42-year-old former champion.
All we can do now is stay tuned.