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- Height: 6' 0"
- Weight: 237lbs
- Birthday: December 18, 1970
- Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
- Trained By: The Original Sheik
- Professional Debut: 1990
- Previous Identities:Robbie V (WCW jobber), Mr. Monday Night, Mr. Pay Per View, The Whole F'n Show
- Previous Manager(s): Bill Alfonso
- Quotes: "I'm R-V-D!"
- Signature Illegal Weapon(s): Steel Folding Chair
- Film(s): Superfights, Superfights 2, Black Mask II, X-Files, Bloodmoon, Black Mask 2: City Of Masks
- The Van-Terminator
- The Van-Daminator
- Five Star Frog Splash
- Rolling Thunder (roll over flipping senton)
- Split-Legged Moonsault
- 4:20 (with Rey Mysterio)
He debuted in 1990 after being trained by the Original Sheik (Ed Farhat) and wrestled in many independent promotions across Michigan. He signed with World Championship Wrestling in 1992 and was dubbed "Robbie V" upon his arrival. His WCW run was uneventful and he left in 1994.
He gained considerable success in ECW including a record 23-month reign as ECW World Television Champion , before having to vacate the title due to a broken leg. He was the most popular wrestler to ever grace an ECW ring.
He stayed with ECW until its demise in 2001. A couple of moths later, he signed with the WWF and was an immediate hit with the fans. Despite being very popular with WWE fans, Van Dam has yet to cement his legend. He is considered small compared to most in WWE talent.
While in WWE he has captured the Hardcore, Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships.
On January 27, 2005 Rob Van Dam underwent reconstructive knee surgery under Dr. James Andrews in Alabama to repair a torn ACL he suffered earlier in the month.
Out of wrestling
He is also the inventor of the "Van Dam Lift" for weight lifting. This involves doing a split between two benches and lifting a dumbell from the floor to the waist.
World Wrestling Entertainment
- 5-time WWE Intercontinental Champion
- 4-time WWE Hardcore Champion
- 1-time WWE European Champion (unified with IC title)
- 2-time World Tag Team Champion (with Kane, then Booker T)
- 1-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rey Mysterio)
Extreme Championship Wrestling
- 1-time ECW World Television Champion
- 2-time ECW World Tag Team Champion
- 1-time SAPW Tag Team Champion
- 1-time NWC Tag Team Champion
- 1-time ASW North American Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time PSW Cordele City Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time IWF Television Champion
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