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WWE news: Rob Van Dam taking extended break

According to an Aug. 27 report from Inquisitr, Rob Van Dam is taking an extended break from the WWE, effective immediately. Van Dam is coming off another successful four-month stint under the WWE banner, that included high-level matches against Cesaro, Sheamus and Rusev. Van Dam, 43, still has love for the company, and it's nothing personal. His contract expired, so he decided to take some time off.

Rob Van Dam is taking an extended break from the WWE
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The main reason for his break is that he is essentially a part-time performer who only appears a few months per year under the WWE banner. During his latest stint with the WWE, he helped generate some real heat for up-and-coming WWE superstars such as Rusev, Cesaro and Seth Rollins. He did his job, and he did it well. At age 43, it's clear Van Dam still is a high-level pro wrestler.

Van Dam's run through the WWE in 2014 included memorable matches against Cesaro and Rusev, two of the top heels in the promotion. His matches against Cesaro always drew a huge pop from the crowd, and his bouts against Rusev were even more well-received. Even at his advanced age, he had no problems performing his signature high-flying moves, including the Five Star Frog Splash and Rolling Thunder finishing techniques.

Van Dam competed on this week's episode of SmackDown, and that concluded his latest run with the WWE. When will Van Dam return? No one knows for sure, but he should have plenty of gas left in the tank for another run at the title next year. In all likelihood, the WWE will bring him back following Wrestlemania season next year.

Van Dam, who has won 21 championships between WWE, TNA and ECW, might be a gatekeeper as this point in his career, but he still does well to bridge the gap between Wrestlemania and SummerSlam. For pro wrestling fans who absolutely can't wait until next year to see Van Dam perform again, he's expected to appear at Pro Wrestling Syndicate’s “All Fired Up” event taking place in Rahway, New Jersey on Sept. 20. Van Dam may make some more appearances on the independent circuit in the months ahead.