Former WWE Superstar Rob Van Dam remains sporadically active on the independent wrestling circuit, even at 46 years old, but you won’t see the decorated performer back on Raw or SmackDown LIVE anytime soon.
According to a story by TheBlast.com, a “visual impairment” caused by a concussion he suffered in November 2016 has “disqualified [him] from working for WWE,” as per the terms outlined in the company’s Concussion Management Program protocol. The claims were made in papers filed as part of RVD’s ongoing divorce proceedings with his ex-wife Sonya.
The former WWE and ECW Champion suffered the affliction while wrestling Pentagon Jr. for England’s Preston City Wrestling. It saw the veteran fly out of the ring and use a steel chair, with RVD taking a couple of big bumps throughout, though he was competing again by December.
Now in his 27th year in the business, Van Dam claims he has “aged out” of wrestling partly because of his inability to rejoin WWE, which has “substantially reduced” his income. Rob Van Dam is arguing that he should pay less than what Sonya is demanding because he can no longer make a good income in the business. He also feels that Sonya is capable of earning her own income.
RVD last worked for WWE in August 2014. He also noted that WWE chose not to renew his merchandising contract, which expired this past July.
RVD has fulfilled a number of independent dates in 2017, including a featured spot at ICW’s flagship “Fear & Loathing” event last month in Glasgow, Scotland.