Jim Ross has debunked rumours that former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam was reckless in the ring, claiming that no WWE Superstar ever told him that.
Rob Van Dam was a one-of-a-kind wrestler, and after a stellar career in ECW, ‘Mr. Monday Night’ made his way to WWE in 2001 as part of the Invasion storyline.
Van Dam, who was a popular addition to the WWE roster right away in the eyes of fans, has had to deal with rumours that his in-ring style was dangerous over the years.
Former WWE Head Of Talent Relations Jim Ross, speaking on his Grilling JR podcast [available at AdFreeShows.com] with co-host Conrad Thompson, has rejected those claims, though he believes some may have told WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for their own malicious purposes:
“I thought he was a great get for us and still do, but some of his peers saw they were gonna lose maybe a notch on their gun here and they were more than happy to share with Vince [McMahon], ‘Oh, he’s dangerous, the boys are not gonna wanna work with him.’ I never had one guy – and I would have gotten that conversation – I never had one guy, Conrad, come to me and say, ‘Hey, JR, we’re doing this house show run. Can you not book me with Van Dam because he’s too reckless?’ Or he’s too dangerous or whatever.”
“Not one person came to me and said anything about that [RVD’s alleged recklessness]. So I know it had to come from the inside. Those little pieces of evidence [rumors] that left some DNA didn’t do Robbie any favors at that time.”
Rob Van Dam went on to win the WWE Championship against John Cena in one of the most fondly remembered title matches in history at One Night Stand 2006. The WWE Hall of Fame inducted ‘The Whole F’n Show’ into its realm as part of the Class of 2021.