YMMV / Rob Van Dam

  • Awesome Ego
  • Broken Base: RVD seems to be causing this with his TNA run. Not only was he made TNA World Heavyweight Champion just a month into his run (the day before 4/20, no less), but he said in an interview that he wouldn't drop the title to anyone who wasn't a star during the Attitude Era (he later vacated it as part of an injury angle). This seems to have brought out a lot of wrestling fans who are criticizing RVD not just for his attitude towards making new stars, but for his declining in-ring ability (with the usual argument going that since ECW folded, RVD's been having pretty much the same match no matter who he's in the ring with).
    • There's also the criticism that he's never gone out on his back: he won his last match (THE last match) in ECW, he won the last match of his run with WWE (not counting one-off appearances), and he won his match with Abyss prior to his injury angle (and vacating the World Title) in TNA.
      • The "final" match of ECW (not exactly true, there was a pair of house shows shortly afterward) was about RVD as the returning hero taking down the arrogant, trash-talking heel. Winning his exit WWE match was seemingly a show of good faith from the WWE: and it was a Stretcher Match anyway, it's not like he or Randy Orton would've jobbed out. He didn't have any stroke in either of those cases, so pointing the blame at him is irrational.
      • In recent times RVD has gotten much better about putting younger stars over. In his final few months at TNA, he put over both Samoa Joe and James Storm cleanly. Not only that, but he also dropped the X-Division title to Kenny King in one of his final matches. Despite all that, however, he's STILL managed to remain a base breaker. In particular, he caused a lot of fans to turn on him when he gave a controversial interview where he claimed that Chris Jericho was a "political bitch" back in 2001. Given how popular and well-respected Chris Jericho is in the IWC circles, Rob's comments did NOT endear himself to a lot of wrestling fans.
    • Speaking of controversial interviews, there was also one RVD gave prior to joining TNA in which he outright dumped on the idea that certain fans would want him to go from working with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to wrestling Christopher Daniels.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: ONE OF A KIND! HEY! HEY! HEY! ONE OF A KIND!
    • Don't forget the Shadows Fall version, Fury of the Storm.
    • Dude, fucking "Walk" by Pantera.
      • At ECW House Party 99, January 16, 1999, RVD and Sabu defended the ECW World Tag Team Titles against Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten, who sang along with "Walk," marking possibly one of the only examples of wrestlers singing along with their opponents' music.
    • Rob Van Dam! *dun dun dun dun dun dun* The whole f'n show! *dun dun dun dun dun dun dun*
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient
  • Memetic Mutation: On 411mania, there was a running gag in the comments where people asked "Is RVD coming back, or is this a one-shot deal?"
    • A bungled t-shirt graphic posted to TNA's website had Van Dam's initials as RDV. Jokes sprang up almost immediately.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A few years before his in-ring career started, kissed "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase's shoes on WWE TV.
  • What an Idiot: In 2006, RVD and Sabu were arrested for possession of marijuana and painkillers. And Van Dam was both the WWE and ECW Champion at the time he was arrested - which is why he dropped both titles, in consecutive evenings, on Raw and ECW on Sci-Fi the week after his arrest.