Entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet recently spoke with former WWE Champion and current Impact Wrestling talent Rob Van Dam about wrestling 100% of the time in ECW, if wrestling while stoned is dangerous, his new deal with Impact, a possible WWE Hall of Fame induction and more. You can see the full interview above and Chris sent us highlights below.
RVD was asked how often he thought he wrestled high on marijuana while with ECW years ago. He said, "I'm going to say 100%. After that from 2001 all the way to my last run in 2014 in which case I would say it was much, much lower more like maybe 90% of the time."
Van Dam was also asked if he thinks it's dangerous to wrestle while stoned. He said, "I don't know. Back in the day I know there would be certain people that would put together the fact that I would hurt a lot of people and the fact that I was stoned. When I was in the competitive state of mind, I would be offended by that like 'Screw you! You're saying something about me and my skills. I can do this with my eyes closed!' My ego would take over like that. But looking back at it, I don't think so, but I definitely think they had an argument that was worth considering. But when you use it all the time it doesn't affect you the way it affects other people."
Regarding a potential WWE Hall of Fame induction for Van Dam down the road, he said he would want Paul Heyman to induct him.
"Right off the bat I think Paul Heyman," RVD said when asked who he would want to do the honors. "I think it would really be good for me to try to hear his perspective firsthand of what his thoughts were on me and him developing me. It would be an experience for me for him to open up like that."
A hot topic in the wrestling world has been the recent anti-WWE comments by John Oliver during his "Last Week Tonight" show on HBO. You can read our coverage of the episode with WWE's response at this link. Regarding what was expressed, Van Dam said there are some truths, but opinions as well. Van Dam also said he enjoys being an independent contractor.
"There are some truths but there are also some opinions and those will vary," RVD said of Oliver's comments. "I enjoy being an independent contractor and I find that I'm usually in the minority when it comes to that as far as how my peers feel. The way I see it is I'm an independent contractor and I sign an agreement with them and all of the terms are negotiable on the agreement. First of all, they keep you so busy you're not going to have time to work anywhere else. You're not even going to have time to go home. So forget about that. What are you going to do, if you're on top in the WWE, who else are you going to work for? The local fair in front of 50 people? People say 'Oh, there's no health insurance' but if you need that in your deal then you can negotiate that and say 'You know what I want health insurance'. You want your hotel room taken care of? You get it in your contract and you make that agreement. I enjoy the freedom of being an independent contractor to make that deal. Some of the guys that might not have as much leverage as me because maybe they don't sell as many tickets, I think it would help them more to not be independent contractors because they can't really step forward with the same negotiating power. But come on, you think Triple H doesn't have health insurance?"