Former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam continues to make the media rounds in order to promote his new documentary, Headstrong.
Throughout various interviews including a recent talk with TV Insider, he’s spoken about his issues with concussions. During this interview, he reflected on WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon used to approach him about taking chair shots to the head.
“I never knew I could be doing long-term damage. For me, one of the things I enjoy about professional wrestling is showing how tough I am. That’s an outlet for it. I would get hit in the head with a chair, and I knew it would knock my senses a little loopy. This was part of the job for me. I just thought I was really tough because I could take it. Now I feel very fortunate that at this point in life that I don’t have the CTE that the football players have suffered…Vince McMahon told me when I first got into WWE to put my hands up to protect my head from those chair shots. I was arguing with him because I was stupid because I thought I was tough.”
“He went all father on me, ‘I’m your father telling you to put your hands up. He was really serious. Now I won’t be cheering on chair shots to the head, but most of my concussions have probably come from landing and hitting the back of my head. So, I’m going to be cautious of that as well. There’s been once or twice I’ve had similar things happen since shooting the movie. Thankfully, I didn’t get concussed.”
RVD is slated to make his return to Impact Wrestling alongside longtime friend Sabu as they will work the “United We Stand” event on April 4th during WrestleMania from the Rahway Recreation Center in Rahway, New Jersey against the Lucha Bros.