Former WWE Champion Rob Van Damn was recently a guest on “The Steve Austin Show” to talk about several professional wrestling topics.
Here are the highlights:
Why he didn’t put his hands up when taking chair shots:
I got trained to really believe in it, to really believe in the moment, you know what I mean, so I like to think that that’s reflected in my work, and so that’s part of it. I still believe in what I’m doing when I’m out there. That’s what it is. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else to do it.
Vince McMahon telling him to start putting his hands up when taking chair shots:
When I first got to WWE, one time I was coming through gorilla and Vince McMahon said, ‘When you take those chair shots, you put your hands up.’ And I was like, ‘Aw, that’s cool, that’s everybody else, Vince.’ He said, ‘No, you listen to me, you put your hands up.’ I go, ‘But I do this all the time and this is the only time you ever had any, this kind of, said anything remotely like this.’
Then he goes, ‘Now listen, I’m your father, I’m telling you, you put your hands up.’ And then it finally got through and I was like, alright, he’s the boss, he’s paying me to put my hands up, I think I can do that. That was probably after I’d been there and went through the Hardcore Title era and the ECW era, I might have been there a minute, I don’t know, but I’m just saying, he did say that, Vince.
H/T 411Mania for the transcriptions