Rob Van Dam on His Issues with Concussions, Thoughts on Chair Shots to the Head


This week on Sean Waltman‘s Podcast, Rob Van Dam is a special guest. RVD talks his concussion history, the new Headstrong documentary and more.

Waltman’s team sent the following transcribed highlights from the episode to eWrestlingNews. You can hear the full episode on YouTube or via the links at the bottom of this post:

Rob Van Dam on chair shots to the head:

“So I have mixed feelings about that, cause one, it’s an art form. And for me, I’ve always appreciated being able to express myself as an artist. I feel that they should know-young guys getting in the business, if they know that hitting their heads is dangerous and could lead to stuff and they choose to do it anyway I wouldn’t necessarily agree with their choices but at the same time I don’t think that I would necessarily hate them for it or try to ban them if they want to take shots to the head. It seems unnecessary now but I mean I don’t wanna stop…I mean I don’t even want to wrestle {laughs} But when I do, I better give it all I’ve got you know, because that’s the worker that I am. The moves that I am gonna do are still gonna be dangerous, they are still gonna be moves that people in the crowd wouldn’t be able to survive, otherwise what’s the point? But I do believe it’s smart to learn to protect the health and I don’t know exactly where the lines are drawn on responsibility.”

RVD on in-ring safety advice from Vince McMahon:

“By the way, I just wanna say this you know, in the movie, in my documentary “Headstrong”, it’s important for me to get some points out. That I don’t blame any wrestling promotion, nobody ever made me do anything that I wasn’t stupid enough to wanna do on my own. But I do want to say that when I first came to WWE, one time I was walking up the ramp, to go through gorilla, and Vince was standing there after my match and he said to me, ‘Rob, when you’re taking those chair shots, you put your hands up.’ and I was like, ‘Nah Vince, that’s for the other guys, I am a lot tougher than the other guys.’ he said ‘ no you listen to me, you put your hands up.’ and I said, ‘Yeah, but that’s the way I do it. I mean I’ve been doing it this way for years’, he said ‘ Rob, listen I am your father telling you, put your hands up.’ And then it really got through to me, I was like well this is the boss, he’s the guy that’s paying me, why else am I here? And he’s telling me he’s paying me to put my hands up. So I was like, ‘alright.'”

RVD on comparing a wrestler to a normal person:

“It’s gonna happen sometime when you take a bump, I think the thing is to be educated and be aware of it. Honestly, I am not for nurturing the world up, and making it super soft and taking it away from what it is, I think pro wrestlers should be the toughest guys in society that are out there taking that abuse. Normal people; you bump into somebody’s bumper in the parking lot, they get whiplash, they’re out of work for 6 weeks, they got a neck brace. How many car crashes do we go through in one night? Do you know what I mean? I don’t think pro wrestlers should be treated like normal people because we’re not and that’s the whole draw of watching wrestling. We’re a bunch of freaks that are in there. Some guys are 300 pounds of muscle, other guys are doing 4 flips, whatever, but that’s the entertainment part of it. They’re not just normal people, although they look more and more normal as the smaller guys are overpopulating the business {laughs}.”

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