WWE and ECW Legend Rob Van Dam recently revealed that a serious concussion put an end to any hope he will wrestle in the WWE again.
The news came out during Van Dam’s divorce according to TheBlast. The former WWE superstar claimed his soon-to-be ex-wife’s financial demands are too high as he isn’t living the high-end lifestyle he used to enjoy as a concussion he received during a match in PWC against Pentagon Jr. in November disqualified him from wrestling for Vince McMahon‘s promotion ever again. To make matters worse, Van Dam’s merchandise contract with the WWE expired in 2017 as well, and it won’t be renewed.
This is a string of pretty horrible news for Van Dam, whose career dates back to 1990. He was one of the faces of ECW, and eventually became one of the biggest names in WWE, even winning the top prize after beating John Cena at One Night Stand 2006. That title reign didn’t last long though as he was arrested for possession while riding with fellow Superstar Sabu.
RVD ended up departing from WWE shortly after that, and kicked around in the independent scene before landing in TNA in 2011. That run lasted around three years before he returned to WWE where he competed in a part-time basis where he’d work consistently for a few months before taking time off and returning again.
For fans hoping they’d see RVD in the WWE again, the news of this career-ending concussion is pretty devastating. As recently as March 2017, the innovative Superstar was teasing a potential return, but now, that appears to be a thing of the past.
At 46 years old, RVD was definitely at the tail end of his career, but he joins a growing list of legendary wrestlers who had to call it quits thanks to concussion issues. The most notable name on that list is Daniel Bryan who is campaigning for an in-ring return despite claiming he dealt with post-concussion seizures. Even more recently, former WWE Superstar Bubba Ray Dudley (wrestling as Bully Ray in Ring Of Honor) had to retire after suffering a serious concussion as well.
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