Despite reports to the contrary, Rob Van Dam is in fact under contract to WWE and is not a free agent during his time off.
As reported in recent months, Van Dam’s deal has him working 90 days at a time, with Van Dam having the option to take as much time off as he wants in between.
Triple H is credited as the person who structured Van Dam’s unique deal, with Vince McMahon signing off on it. Van Dam is on good terms with WWE and there is new merchandise in the works for the former WWE Champion, including a new action figure and possibly a DVD on his career.
While away from WWE, he is free to work for independent wrestling promotions as long as he does not appear on television.
As for when he’ll return, we’re told that RVD has assured WWE that he’ll be back around the Royal Rumble and will work through WrestleMania XXX.
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(Information from PWInsider.com was used in this report)