RVD: "WWE Owns Monday Night & That's Not Going To Change"

- SLAM! Wrestling has a new interview online with TNA Champion Rob Van Dam promoting Sunday's TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view. Below are the highlights:

Working for WWE compared to TNA: "In WWE, a lot of times friends would come to the show and say, 'Wow, you get the loudest reaction out of all the wrestlers here, how come you're not in the main event and how come they don't have any RVD T-shirts?' and that's what I always dealt with before," Van Dam told SLAM! "Now, I feel like I'm in a great position as champ. I have no doubt I'm going to do my part to show the best matches anybody has seen in TNA, so it's pretty exciting."

TNA's move back to Thursday nights: "It's going to allow us to shine and grow," Van Dam said. "And from what I can see, most of the other boys seem to feel the same way. Dixie told us that this was from listening to polls from the fans and I think probably SpikeTV also wanted it and it really seems like it will be a good thing now. WWE, they own Monday night and that's not going to change."

Competing with WWE: "Dixie never said, 'Hey, we're going to beat the hell out of them on Monday nights, we're going to take over and own it,'" Van Dam said. "She always said, 'We know we're going up against a much bigger company, we're doing this slowly, we're going to try to win battle-by-battle.' She always seemed to have everything in perspective. As long as it didn't put too big of a hole in them financially, I think it was a great move."

Relationship with Dixie Carter: "So far, I love Dixie Carter," he said. "You actually have a genuine relationship with her. I text her, and she'll text me right back. And from what I understand from the other guys, she does that, too. ... She's not the wrestling expert, she's the one who owns it and would like to make her money back and she's got to trust certain people and listen to the advice of certain people and know who to listen to and that all seems very upfront and right there for everybody to understand."