In the semi-finals of the inaugural AAW Perth Classic in August James Grace clashed with the incomparable former WWE Champion ‘The Whole F’n Show’ Rob Van Dam! The two engaged in a war of words that included Van Dam telling Grace that no matter who Grace had faced in the past, getting beat by Rob..Van..Dam would be the highlight of his career.
RVD was quick to take control of the contest, however, the wily veteran of AAW James Grace had some drastic tactics in mind to turn the tide; catching RVD mid-monkey flip and smashing Van Dam’s face into the guard rail, busting him wide open.
RVD took an inordinate amount of punishment, but was able to fight back by digging into his signature bag tricks, including a spinning heel kick, guard rail leg drop and a rolling thunder on the concrete.
In the end, James Grace momentarily took out the referee and brought a steel chair into play only to be on the receiving end of Van Daminator! Rob Van Dam advanced into the finals of the Perth Classic, but this match earned its place at number 7 on our Top 10 count down for 2017.