[[caption-width-right:200:One of a kind!]]
-->*points to himself*
--->'''R... V... D!'''
Rob Van Dam (real name: Robert Szatkowski) is a [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] who currently works for Wrestling/{{WWE}}. He became famous when he wrestled for Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and later Wrestling/{{TNA}} before returning to WWE in July 2013. One of RVD's most famous accomplishments in ECW was that he held the ECW World Television Championship for 700 consecutive days, the longest reign of any ECW title holder, and made the title as important as the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

As you might have guessed, he has an uncanny resemblance to Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme. Super uncanny, hyper flexible guys known more for their [[HolyShitQuotient cool stunts]] than [[DullSurprise acting ability]] and have had drug problems that have harmed both of their careers. He was given the name by wrestler Ron Slinker.

You can learn more about Rob Van Dam at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Van_Dam The Other Wiki]].
!!! "The Whole F'n Tropes":
* {{Acrofatic}}: He did not always have one but even when he did have a noticeable gut it did not slow him down at all.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, Wrestling/TommyDreamer, Wrestling/ChrisCandido, Wrestling/JerryLynn
* AwesomeButImpractical: Somewhat invoked in real life, as Rob is credited with inventing the Van Dam Lift, a weightlifting technique where the lifter does a split between two benches and lifts a dumbbell from the ground up to the waist. While not a normal means of exercise in a gym or weight room, it is not only effective, but kinda awesome when you think about who came up with it.
* BrilliantButLazy: The most frequent complaint leveled at RVD especially by more critical fans, who most find to be a great performer when he puts forth his best effort, but has been called out for not evolving his ring style, personality, or skill on the mic.
* CapeSwish: Inexplicably caped on the ''Series/TheXFiles''
* CaptainErsatz: Not as often as Sabu but he has been given representation in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''.
* CatchPhrase: "Nobody gets higher than ROB! VAN! DAM!" And considering RVD's [[TheStoner hobby]], that's clearly meant to be taken in regards to what he does in the ring and out.
* CommutingOnABus: His return to WWE in 2013 is this; he will work for a couple months before taking some time off. This was something he pushed for when he returned.
* CoolTeacher: For a guest spot on Wrestling/HulkHogan's celebrity wrestling. Rob Van Dam really challenged the rookies to step up their performances in the ring, including telling Butterbean to lift his guys higher when doing his finishing move, but he was very friendly about it. He also taught kickboxing on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero''.
* CombatPragmatist: Uses chairs as his WeaponOfChoice for his {{Finishing Move}}s ''Van Daminator'' and ''Van Terminator''.
** It should be noted that he first developed these moves in ECW, where any weapon was as legal as a headlock.
* {{Contortionist}}: You almost have to be to even attempt to use the Van Dam press he invented (lifting a dumbbell while doing a split between two benches). One of his quirks as a wrestler is being able to counter virtually anything that does not have him in a seated position with a kick, and sometimes not even sitting him down can stop Van Dam from kicking you.
* CurbstompBattle: Infamously gave one to AJ Styles in TNA before winning the heavyweight title.
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: On his singlets he usually had a yin yang and an eastern dragon.
* EarlyBirdCameo: His first appearance on a televised wrestling show was as a kid in 1987 doing one of Wrestling/TedDiBiase's challenges.
* EveryYearTheyFizzleOut: Joey Styles called him the greatest competitor to never win a world championship. Rob Van Dam would eventually win one from John Cena.
* EvilForeigner: He briefly worked for Wrestling/{{AAA}}'s resident evil La Legion Extranjera.
* FaceHeelTurn: In ECW when he took on Bill Alfonso as a manager.
* FakeMuscles: His singlet while TNA World Heavyweight Champion was adorned with them.
* FinishingMove: The Five-Star Frog Splash was the main one, but he also had the Van Daminator (jumping spinning back kick to an opponent holding a chair) and the Van Terminator (a "coast-to-coast"[[note]] from one corner to an adjacent corner[[/note]] drop kick into a downed opponent with a steel chair over their face).
** When teaming with Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, one of their finishers was the "4:20", which involved Van Dam lifting Mysterio up and dropping him while simultaneously dropping himself into a seated position.
** The rolling thunder becomes a finishing move when combined with a legdrop from Sabu.
* GarbageWrestler: Campaigned on WWE ''Byte This'' and elsewhere for the reinstatement of the hardcore championship, believing those were the kinds of matches that would allow him to show his full potential.
* HeelFaceTurn: Even after having WWE's Jerry Lawler "invade" ECW on Rob Van Dam's behalf and state RVD was too good for ECW, calling him "Mister Monday Night" because he deserved to be in the "big two", the mutants still cheered RVD because they had taken to his unique wrestling style, so eventually the bookers just stopped trying and went with it.
* HesBack: As of Payback and Money in the Bank 2013. His return to WWE has given him a whole new level of energy, as multiple great matches have proven.
* HiddenDepths: His tag team with Rey Mysterio revealed that Rob Van Dam was quite fluent in Spanish, [[ThreeMonthRule which seems to have been forgotten when he took up Ricardo Rodriguez as a manager.]]
* IHaveTheHighGround: He tends to jump to the top turnbuckle five or more times in a single match, sometimes in rapid succession.
* ImmuneToDrugs: He retains a professional reputation despite using copious amounts of drugs.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Had a brief run in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. His ring name was changed because the booker didn't like the name Rob Van Dam.
* ItsAllAboutMe: His ECW character. So narcissistic that his wrestling style is 50% showboating after he does anything successfully.
** He has been known to hurt himself from excessive showboating too, though he usually wins the match anyway.
* {{Leitmotif}}: During his time in ECW, he used Music/{{Pantera}}'s "Walk" as his entrance theme. In WWE, "One of a Kind". In TNA, his theme is a heavy metal ExpositoryThemeTune of sorts, which covers his nickname ("The Whole F'n Show!") and his signature moves ("Van Daminator! Van Terminator! [[{{Website/Botchamania}} Van]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Crushinator]]!")
* LeotardOfPower: Were quite generic and single coloured in his early career until he found out he could customise them and make them look awesome.
* OneManArmy: After Wrestling/EricBischoff lured all the TNA Champions into a trap before ''Genesis 2011'', RVD ended up saving them by fighting off all of Immortal by himself.
* PartsUnknown: In ECW he was billed from Battle Creek, India. No, not Indiana, ''India''.[[note]]He's actually from Battle Creek, Michigan.[[/note]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: RVD's catchphrase involves emphasizing each word while pointing to himself with both thumbs: ROB! VAN! DAM!
* RedBaron: The Whole [F'n/Damn] Show, The Human Highlight Reel, Mr. Pay-Per-View, Mr. [Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday] Night (whether he appears on ''Raw'', Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{TNA}} [=iMPACT!=], or ''Smackdown'').
* TheMole: For the alliance during the WWF/E invasion.
* TheRival[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: Wrestling/{{Sabu}} (in the ring and in RealLife).
* SignatureMove: Rolling Thunder, Handsprings to moonsault, split legged moonsault, diving martial arts kick, double roundhouse (in case the first kick misses or is caught), double enziguiri (for the same reason)
* SlipknotPonytail: A notable aversion. His hair almost never gets messed up during a match. Compare this (especially considering his style) to wrestlers such as Wrestling/ScottHall or Wrestling/ShawnMichaels.
** It did happen during his match with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit at ''Summerslam''. It's the only time the general public has seen his hair down.
* SpotMonkey: Except spot monkey is a too small and insulting term for it. Rob Van Dam does sell the Five-Star Frog Splash after hitting it and does have good {{wrestling psychology}}. Where his story telling tends to fall short is in the rest of the angle beyond the match. His feuds with La Resistance, Unmasked Kane and Evolution highlighted how much more everyone else wrestled according to the on going events compared to RVD, who generally went at about the same intensity level and whatnot no matter what.
** One exception was his intercontinental championship victory on ''Monday Night Raw'' over Christian. Taken on its own, Rob Van Dam doing the five star frog splash onto Christian draped over a ladder might seem like a pointless spot, but in context, Christian had assaulted and given a frog splash to RVD with Johnathan Coachman calling it "better than any frog splash Rob Van Dam ever did!", so he had something to prove and satisfyingly concluded the angle in doing it.
* StartMyOwn: Started a store called Five Star Comics, which he once had to chase a robber out of.
* TheStoner: His gimmick, which extends into real life. Although one could easily make the argument that it's his real life persona that became his gimmick.
* TheWorfEffect: His "feud" with unmasked Kane was basically Kane beating Rob Van Dam. The only match Rob won was a steel cage match where he "escaped" by being thrown through the wall by Kane. He was also used to set up Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio for John Cena by having Del Rio injure Rob Van Dam.
* WeaponOfChoice: He incorporates the steel chair for his {{Finishing Move}}s.