Alex Marvez recently conducted an interview with TNA star Rob Van Dam for Scrippsnews.com. Below are some excerpts:
"He [Jeff Hardy] started to call me regularly before I even knew I was going to sign with TNA," Van Dam said. "That was different. I don't know that Jeff had ever even called my cell phone before. He told me how much he thought we could take over TNA and how much better it was than WWE because we both hated the same stuff about that job. While I didn't sign just because he told me to, I do feel an extra-deep connection with him."
Van Dam also is standing by Hardy as the latter prepares to face trial in North Carolina on five drug charges stemming from a September 2009 arrest. Prowrestling.net reports that a hearing on the case was postponed this week until June 3.
"When I talk to him about his life situation, the guy doesn't seem worried at all," said Van Dam, who himself is a longtime advocate of legalizing marijuana use. "He and I share the same outlook in that we don't let a lot get to us. We've always gotten along because we share the same optimism and sarcasm. ... I've gotten the impression from talking to him that things are going to be fine."