RVD vs John Cena | The Unthinkable Occurs at ECW One Night Stand 2006

On June 11th, 2006, fans witnessed RVD vs John Cena for the WWE Championship at ECW’s One Night Stand pay-per-view. The face of ECW versus the unbeatable Superman of WWE. Fans were not prepared to witness the unthinkable happen during this match and their huge reaction is a testament to that. Come along and relive this memorable moment in all its glory!

RVD vs John Cena - Rob Van Dam drops to his knees in celebration in the ring as Paul Heyman hands him the WWE Championship after beating John Cena at ECW One Night Stand in 2006
RVD drops to his knees in celebration in the ring as Paul Heyman hands him the WWE Championship after beating John Cena at ECW One Night Stand in 2006 (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Huge Crowd Reactions In Wrestling – The face of ECW versus the unbeatable Superman of WWE

Welcome back to "Huge Crowd Reactions in Wrestling." It’s been a while since we’ve posted one of these. This series is basically an excuse for us here at Pro Wrestling Stories to revel in some of the moments that made us lose our minds. I mean, we’re all pretty huge wrestling fans. We live for those huge crowd reactions. Even as at-home viewers, those are the moments we crave. We want to be on the edge of our seats, or even out of them entirely.

For this issue, we look at RVD vs John Cena at ECW One Night Stand on June 11, 2006. The work on all parts was top notch. The ECW crowd was famous for being rowdy. They lived up to that and more at the two ECW One Night Stand pay-per-views. The crowd was even more electric in 2006 than 2005 because WWE’s highest prize was up for grabs. In the back of every fan’s mind was, “There’s absolutely no way Vince McMahon would let an ECW guy walk away with the title, right? Right? RIGHT?!?!?!?”

The atmosphere for Cena versus RVD was insane. From the opening moments to the closing bell, everyone in attendance was tuned in. When the Doctor of Thuganomics slipped up, the crowd let him know it. When Mr. PPV did what he does best, they hit him with praise. The crowd was there every step of the way.

Honestly, this whole match qualifies as a huge crowd reaction. It’s a classic.

RVD didn’t end up holding the title for too long after this as on July 1st, 2006, just three weeks after winning WWE’s most coveted title and during the biggest push of his career, he was arrested for a drug charge and slapped with a 30-day suspension. To top it off, he had to forfeit the title. Not that he minded!

But let’s look past that for a moment and remember the good times by reliving the moment RVD climbed to the top of the WWE mountain.

Watch RVD win the WWE Championship against John Cena at ECW One Night Stand 2006 below:

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