Why isn’t Rob Van Dam in WWE?
On Saturday, RVD responded to a fan on Twitter who asked him about not being in a WWE ring in years
“Been awhile Bull. Last time we talked, my time was worth more to me than to them. That hasn’t changed,” Van Dam wrote.
Been awhile Bull. Last time we talked, my time was worth more to me than to them. That hasn’t changed. https://t.co/Dv63eYEatf
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) August 12, 2018
The fan’s remark was in response to RVD saying he hasn’t retired from a WWE ring.
It’s not, as far as I know. https://t.co/Nl6gQdmhWm
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) August 10, 2018
For what it’s worth, Van Dam visited WWE’s headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut in June. His girlfriend, indie wrestler Katie Forbes, Instagrammed these photos of herself at Titan Towers.
There’s no word yet on why RVD was visiting WWE headquarters, but the most likely scenario is him getting interviewed for the WWE Network, especially now with the “Collections” feature highlighting wrestlers with long noteworthy careers.
Now 47 years old, RVD remains active on the independent wrestling circuit. However, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see him wrestle for WWE again.
According to a story by celebrity news site TheBlast.com last December, a “visual impairment” caused by a concussion Van Dam 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 Van Dam’s divorce proceedings with his ex-wife Sonya.
The former WWE and ECW Champion suffered the affliction while wrestling Pentagon Jr. in England for Preston City Wrestling. However, he was wrestling again the following month.
Van Dam claimed that he has “aged out” of wrestling partly because of his inability to rejoin WWE, which has “substantially reduced” his income. RVD argued that he should pay less than what Sonya is demanding because he can no longer make a good income in the wrestling business. He also felt that Sonya is capable of earning her own income.
RVD last worked for WWE four years ago, with his final match coming in a loss to Seth Rollins on SmackDown on August 29, 2014.
Van Dam also noted in the divorce proceedings that WWE chose not to renew his merchandising contract in July 2017.