10 Most Bizarre Wrestler Guest Appearances On TV Shows
10. Rob Van Dam On City Guys
As much retroactive recognition as ECW has gotten, it was still, at best, a large independent promotion. Well, a large independent promotion that managed to get about a year of national prominence through their TV deal with TNN as well as licensing agreements with Acclaim and Original San Francisco Toymakers for video games and action figures, respectively. But it's not like the top names were huge stars, especially among kids, where the WWF was always king. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyhismYB_wY#t=383 So it was surprising, to say the least, when he showed up in a major guest spot on NBC's "City Guys" in 1999 as himself and was portrayed as a really big star. City Guys was part of the "TNBC" (Teen NBC, but they were really shows with teen characters for younger kids) block on Saturday mornings, essentially doing an "urban" (both in the sense it took place in New York City and that it was more ethnically diverse) take on Saved By The Bell from the same producer. It was the last place you'd expect to see someone at Van Dam's level (well, at the time, obviously he spent a lot of time in WWE later) get showcased to this degree.
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