Who is WWE Hall of Fame 2021 inductee Rob Van Dam aka RVD?

FORMER WWE champion and ECW legend Rob Van Dam will be inducted into the Hall of Fame class of 2021.

The one of a kind star joins Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff, Kane, The Great Khali, and William Shatner in this year's induction.

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Who is Rob Van Dam and when was he in WWE?

RVD, was born Robert Alexander Szatkowski on December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

He is best known for his time in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), WWE, and TNA (now called Impact Wrestling). describes him as "one of the most innovative grapplers to ever step foot in the squared circle."

The high-flying star grew up a wrestling fan, and made his first appearance on WWE (then WWF) television in a 1987 skit with The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase.

In 1990 RVD would make his wrestling debut, and the following year was giving the Rob Van Dam moniker by a Florida-based promoter.

He had a short stint in the World Championship Wrestling between 1992-1993. RVD wrestled in independent promotions across Michigan, and All Japan Pro Wrestling.

In 1996 he would sign with Paul Heyman's Philadelphia-based promotion ECW.

He would soon become a mainstream star with his "cool, calm and laid-back demeanor." He was also known for his mix of martial arts inspired offense and high-flying moves.

His matches were so action packed he was given the nickname; The Whole Damn Show.

His persona had him perform mannerisms of a "stoner" making him a fan favorite in the WWE.

Over his time in ECW, he captured the World Television Championship, holding it for an impressive 699 days.

He also engaged in a legendary feud with Sabu who he would later hold the ECW Tag Team championships with.

He would reluctantly leave ECW after being owed a large sum of money, and the promotion closed its doors in 2001.

Several months later, he would sign a short term contract with WWE as a part of the Invasion angle where former WCW and ECW wrestlers appearedto "invade" WWE.

While he was in WWE he feuded with the likes of John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, and fellow Hall of Famer Kane.

At his first Wrestlemania appearance he won the Intercontinental Championship and unified the the European and Hardcore Championships.

RVD was also a successful tag team wrestler with Kane, Booker T, and Rey Mysterio.

The biggest highlight of RVD's WWE career came in 2006 when he won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at Wrestlemania 22, and later cashed in on John Cena at the ECW One Night Stand event.

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After taking a 6 year break from WWE he returned in 2013 and had match ups with the new generation of stars.

Over the course of his career he has held a championship sixteen times, and in 2002 was named number one wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

What has Rob Van Dam said about smoking marijuana?

RVD is known for his love of smoking cannabis, and it has become a part of his wrestling persona using the phrase, "RVD 420 means I just smoked your a**."

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He has been advocate for the legalization of cannabis.

The ECW legend has discussed the topic in the media, including on MSNBC, and has graced the covers of 4/20 friendly magazines.

In 2006, the high-flying star was arrested with fellow ECW legend Sabu for drug possession. He appeared in court and was fined.

WWE would suspend him for 30 days without pay due to him violating the wellness policy.

What does Rob Van Dam do now?

Outside of wrestling, RVD is a trained kickboxer and martial artist.

He studied karate, taekwondo, aikido, kickboxing, and kajukenbo, placing second in the Kalamazoo Heavyweight Toughman Contest.

In 1998, he invented the Van Dam Lift, a weightlifting technique that involves performing a split (which he took up in his early teens) between two benches and lifting a dumbbell from the floor to the waist.

The Van Dam lift was approved by the International All-Around Weightlifting Association and entered in the rulebooks of USAWA, the United States All-Round Weightlifting Association.

In 2019, he was the subject of an Amazon Prime documentary titled HEADSTRONG which follows the wrestler when his plans to do a comedy standup tour are changed due to concussion symptoms.

Rob Van Dam is married to fellow wrestler Katie Forbes and they reside in Las Vegas.

He was previously married to Sonia Delbak between 1998-2015.

Where and how can I watch the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony?

On the web show WWE The Bump, it was announced that Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff, The Great Khali, Kane, and William Shatner would be inductees in the 2021 Hall of Fame class.

The 2021 WWE Hall of Fame inductee ceremony will stream on Tuesday April 6, 2021, exclusively on Peacock in the US and WWE Network everywhere else.

This will be the first time two Hall of Fame classes are inducted in the same ceremony.

In January 2021 news broke that WWE Network rights were sold to the new NBC streaming service Peacock in a deal reportedly worth $1billion.

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