Guest Author - Vance Rowe
When you think of an exciting wrestler, one who takes high risks, one who flies around the ring, one who puts his body on the line, what names come to mind? Rey Misterio, Jr.? Jeff Hardy, Evan Bourne? Sure, they are all break-the-mold wrestlers but what about Mr. PPV, RVD?
Rob Van Dam has been thrilling audiences and setting standards for today’s high fliers since 1990 after being trained by the Sheik. He has wrestled in such promotions as the SAPW, USWA, and even WCW early in his career. He also wrestled in Japan but didn’t really make a big splash until 1996 when he debuted in Paul Heyman’s ECW franchise. He has had memorable matches both with and against Sabu in ECW as well as matches against the likes of Tazz, Tommy Dreamer and Bam Bam Bigelow. He was a heel wrestler and was managed by the hated and ever annoying, Bill Alfonso when he started in ECW. During an invasion angle back in 1997, ECW invaded Raw and Jerry Lawler was not happy about this. Lawler returned the favor by invading an ECW television show with RVD and Sabu by his side. The moniker of Mr. Monday Night was given to RVD by Jerry Lawler himself.
In the ring, RVD uses a lot of martial arts moves and he knows a lot of them as he received instruction in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Aikido, Kendo, and Kickboxing and trained in two local dojos as he grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. He has also invented a weightlifting technique called the Van Dam Lift in which he does a split on two benches and lifts dumbbells from the floor to his waist. This technique was approved by the International All-Around Weightlifting Association. He is also the current record holder at 166.5 pounds.
He recently trained with the Warrior, formerly known as WWF Superstar, the Ultimate Warrior for Nu-Wrestling Evolution in Spain and other countries. This past August, 2008, he won a triple threat match at the Inoki Genome Federation in Japan after defeating Kendo Kashin and Necro Butcher. Rob Van Dam is truly an exciting wrestler to watch and also recently made an appearance on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling as he trained the celebs how to come up with and use finishing maneuvers.
Also, not too many people know that he appeared in the WWF in 1987 as a kid pulled from the crowd to kiss the feet of the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase during his “Everyone has a price” vignettes. Be sure to Check Rob Van Dam out on the web on his RVDTV.com site to see what he is doing today both in and out of the ring.