Wrestling / Rob Van Dam
One of a kind!
*points to himself*
R... V... D!
Rob Van Dam (real name: Robert Szatkowski) is a professional wrestler
who currently works for WWE
. He became famous when he wrestled for ECW
, and later 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 Jean-Claude Van Damme
. Super uncanny, hyper flexible guys known more for their cool stunts
than 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 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.
- Arch-Enemy: Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, Chris Candido, Jerry Lynn
- Awesome, but Impractical: 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.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: 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.
- Cape Swish: Inexplicably caped on the The X-Files
- Captain Ersatz: Not as often as Sabu but he has been given representation in Fire Pro Wrestling.
- Catch-Phrase: "Nobody gets higher than ROB! VAN! DAM!" And considering RVD's hobby, that's clearly meant to be taken in regards to what he does in the ring and out.
- Commuting on a Bus: 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.
- Cool Teacher: For a guest spot on Hulk Hogan'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 Who Wants to Be a Superhero?.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses chairs as his Weapon of Choice for his Finishing Moves 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.
- Curbstomp Battle: Infamously gave one to AJ Styles in TNA before winning the heavyweight title.
- Dented Iron: Claimed during divorce proceedings that he's now visually impaired due to a concussion, thus disqualifying him from ever wrestling in WWE again.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: On his singlets he usually had a yin yang and an eastern dragon.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance on a televised wrestling show was as a kid in 1987 doing one of Ted DiBiase's challenges.
- Every Year They Fizzle Out: Joey Styles called him the greatest competitor to never win a world championship. Rob Van Dam would eventually win one from John Cena.
- Evil Foreigner: He briefly worked for AAA's resident evil La Legion Extranjera.
- Face–Heel Turn: In ECW when he took on Bill Alfonso as a manager.
- Fake Muscles: His singlet while TNA World Heavyweight Champion was adorned with them.
- Finishing Move: 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 drop kick into a downed opponent with a steel chair over their face).
- When teaming with Rey Mysterio Jr., 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.
- Garbage Wrestler: 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.
- Heel–Face Turn: 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.
- He's Back: 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.
- Hidden Depths: His tag team with Rey Mysterio revealed that Rob Van Dam was quite fluent in Spanish, which seems to have been forgotten when he took up Ricardo Rodriguez as a manager.
- I Have the High Ground: He tends to jump to the top turnbuckle five or more times in a single match, sometimes in rapid succession.
- Immune to Drugs: He retains a professional reputation despite using copious amounts of drugs.
- It Will Never Catch On: Had a brief run in WCW. His ring name was changed because the booker didn't like the name Rob Van Dam.
- It's All About Me: 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 Pantera's "Walk" as his entrance theme. In WWE, "One of a Kind". In TNA, his theme is a heavy metal Expository Theme Tune of sorts, which covers his nickname ("The Whole F'n Show!") and his signature moves ("Van Daminator! Van Terminator! Van Crushinator!")
- Leotard of Power: Were quite generic and single coloured in his early career until he found out he could customise them and make them look awesome.
- One-Man Army: After Eric Bischoff lured all the TNA Champions into a trap before Genesis 2011, RVD ended up saving them by fighting off all of Immortal by himself.
- Parts Unknown: In ECW he was billed from Battle Creek, India. No, not Indiana, India.note
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: RVD's catchphrase involves emphasizing each word while pointing to himself with both thumbs: ROB! VAN! DAM!
- Red Baron: 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, ECW, TNA iMPACT!, or Smackdown).
- The Mole: For the alliance during the WWF/E invasion.
- The Rival/Vitriolic Best Buds: Sabu (in the ring and in Real Life).
- Signature Move: 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)
- Slipknot Ponytail: A notable aversion. His hair almost never gets messed up during a match. Compare this (especially considering his style) to wrestlers such as Scott Hall or Shawn Michaels.
- It did happen during his match with Chris Benoit at Summerslam. It's the only time the general public has seen his hair down.
- Spot Monkey: 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.
- Start My Own: Started a store called Five Star Comics, which he once had to chase a robber out of.
- The Stoner: 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.
- The Worf Effect: 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 Alberto Del Rio for John Cena by having Del Rio injure Rob Van Dam.
- Weapon of Choice: He incorporates the steel chair for his Finishing Moves.