ROB VAN DAM GIMMICK NEWS
Name
Rob Van Dam
Real Name
Robert Szatkowski
Date of Birth
December 18, 1970
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1990
Ryback
Last year, some buzz was created when Ryback deleted all of his Tweets on Twitter. Many felt that the backstage heat was the reason why he was forced to take them down. Speculations swirled even more when he did it a second time. Now, the deletion of posts has become somewhat of a gimmick, as he has done it again this week.
February 18, 2014
Enzo Amore

There have been a lot of fans wondering what SAWFT, a term utilized by Enzo Amore, means. It has now been revealed that it is how the NXT developmental wrestler spells the word "soft". The intentional misspelling fits in with his hip hop themed gimmick.

August 13, 2013
Curt Hawkins
Citing a desire to spend more time with his family and focus more on his technology company, Tyler Reks asked WWE to release him from his contract, and the company granted that request. The move comes a week after he and tag team partner Curt Hawkins debuted a new stripper gimmick on Smackdown.
August 21, 2012
Rob Van Dam
In an effort to show new fans that the company is capable of drawing in the big name performers in the industry, TNA has added alumni profiles to their roster page on their official website. Some notable names on there are Jeff Jarrett, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, Brooke Hogan, Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam.
April 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While he is not quite a full time performer for the company, Rob Van Dam has opted to head to Europe with WWE for a tour in May. There will be an episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown taped in London during this stretch, so most of the performers in WWE will be on hand for the tour. Rumors have it that RVD will be sticking around for a couple of months like last time.
April 15, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Despite the guy still having a large fan base, the return of Rob Van Dam was removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. The former world heavyweight champion defeated Damien Sandow in a quick match, but WWE did not view it as a segment important enough to be shown to their fans on Hulu. A lot of eyes will be on RVD now to see how much of a push that he receives from management.
April 8, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While his potential involvement at Wrestlemania 30 has yet to be confirmed by WWE, Rob Van Dam will certainly be in New Orleans this weekend, as he is one of the slew of professional wrestlers who have been booked for the WrestleCon event taking place in the Louisiana. RVD has a signing on Saturday, but he is free on Sunday night to work a big pay per view match.
April 4, 2014
Rob Van Dam
In the eyes of the fans, WWE is definitely a step up from TNA. However, that is not the case when it comes to the performers themselves. During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam revealed that several of the guys backstage in TNA did not view WWE as a wise career move for themselves, as a lot of performers have failed to make progress after signing with Vince McMahon.
March 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
At one point in time, Vince McMahon considered Antonio Cesaro to be a boring performer and character. Chris Jericho confirmed that during his podcast interview with Rob Van Dam. There are some merits to the rumors, as people backstage have been heavily praising Cesaro for quite some time now, but his big push in WWE has yet to really take place.
March 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While a confirmed date has not been given, we now have a narrowed down time frame for when Rob Van Dam is expected to return to WWE. He initially wanted to return in time for Wrestlemania 30, but there was not a spot on the show for him. Now, the former world heavyweight champion is aiming to return before Summerslam 2014.
March 2, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Several familiar faces were backstage at Monday Night Raw this week, as the show was being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where a couple of former world champions live. Fans already knew that Steve Austin was going to be there, but it now appears that Rob Van Dam, who is still rumored to return to WWE, was backstage as well.
February 11, 2014
Rob Van Dam
It has been several years since Shelly Martinez has worked for TNA or WWE, but she still remains a person of interest to some wrestling fans. That's a big reason why Rob Van Dam decided to have her on his show this week.
February 6, 2014
Rob Van Dam
It appears that Rob Van Dam and WWE are still negotiating on a new contract, as the former heavyweight champion noted on Twitter that he hopes to return to the company in time to work Wrestlemania 30. A spot on the card is believed to be one of the key negotiation points.
February 6, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Several wrestlers, including Rob Van Dam and Val Venis, have spoken about the benefits of legalizing marijuana over the years, and it looks like Chris Masters is now being more vocal about that topic. The former WWE star wants to see it happen.
February 6, 2014
Rob Van Dam

Booker T has announced a very special treat for fans of his wrestling promotion down in Texas. Former WWE and ECW heavyweight champion Rob Van Dam is set to work a Reality of Wrestling event on January 11, 2014 in Houston. 

December 31, 2013
Rob Van Dam

Ricardo Rodriguez, who has not been utilized much on television since the departure of Rob Van Dam, has been training on his in ring skills. The California native wants to wrestle for WWE in the near future.

December 11, 2013
Rob Van Dam

Rob Van Dam will be performing his stand up comedy routine tonight at Sal's Comedy Hole in Hollywood. It is a birthday event, and the former WWE and ECW champion was invited to participate.

December 7, 2013
Rob Van Dam

Rob Van Dam and Diamond Dallas Page were both in attendance at the Bellator MMA event in Long Beach over the weekend.

November 4, 2013
Antonio Cesaro
The backstage gimmick for Antonio Cesaro is that WWE will try to get the fans to beg for a face turn. Management is still secretly passing out Cesaro Section signs to the fans at the live events. The hope is that fans will be clamoring heavily for him to leave Paul Heyman and finally become a good guy. If that works, then he can get his big match against Brock Lesnar in about a year.
April 17, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A video from Smackdown of Bray Wyatt threatening to go extreme on John Cena. The belief is that WWE will be continuing the feud between the two performers, and a gimmick match at Extreme Rules 2014 is being heavily considered.
April 14, 2014
Lance Storm
The boring gimmick that Lance Storm received while working in WWE was actually a little jab at internet wrestling fans. Many viewed him as a guy that was just too boring to be a star. In actuality, though, Storm has a pretty good personality and a sense of humor backstage. WWE went with the gimmick in order to try to something to see if it would give him momentum.
April 13, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
While he does not receive a ton of praise form his employers, Zack Ryder revealed to WWE fans through this Twitter post that the Ultimate Warrior praised him when they met backstage this past week. Warrior told Ryder that his impersonation is actually better than the real gimmick.
April 11, 2014
Natalya Neidhart
Since he is still involved with Natalya Neidhart on Total Divas, WWE wants to figure out a way to utilize Tyson Kidd more as a wrestler on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Rumors have it that officials are toying around with the idea of a new gimmick for him, even though his current gimmick works just fine. A push might be taking place in the upcoming weeks.
April 11, 2014
Bo Dallas
A video teasing the return of Bo Dallas to the main roster. WWE attempted to bring him up once, but they quickly changed their mind and sent him back down to developmental for further training. WWE will be using the "Bo-lieve" gimmick that he helped him gain a following down in WWE NXT.
April 10, 2014
Batista
"I love Bray Wyatt. I love him. I love that whole gimmick, that whole Wyatt Family gimmick, but Bray I think he's gonna be a huge star. I get caught up in this guy, man. When I watch him he's one of those guys. He's another guy, I mean he doesn't look like a stud. He's not a statue of a man, but he is athletic as you can get, that kid can move man. He is agile, he is a stud man. That kid is as an athlete. He gets when he cuts a promo, you just get sucked in man. He is hypnotizing. When I talk to him like personal, on a personal level, he's one of those kids who's not afraid to learn, he has no ego. He's still learning and he knows he's still learning and he's not afraid to ask questions, and I think that's why he's going to be so good. 'Cause he's this good right now and he still wants to learn." - Batista predicting Bray Wyatt to be the next big star for WWE
April 1, 2014
Mike Rotunda
Back when he was with the NWA, Mike Rotunda had an amateur wrestler gimmick when he teamed with Rick Steiner. It was actually based on his real life athletic career in college. Rotunda really did wrestle at Syracuse University. He was never an All American, though.
March 21, 2014
Carlito
Since the company is expected to have Carlito, Diego and Fernando all inducting Carlos Colon into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30, there are talks that WWE could try to convince the former United States Heavyweight Champion to make his return as an in ring performer. The Los Matadores gimmick has not exactly drawn in the fans, so the trio could be paired together.
March 17, 2014
Jeff Hardy
When the Willow gimmick showed up in TNA, a lot of fans wondered what exactly was going on with Jeff Hardy. Well, it turns out that the gimmick change was basically his desire to try something new with his character. He wanted to bring a little more excitement for himself after having been in the wrestling business since he was a teenager.
March 15, 2014
Gunner
There are talks that James Storm will be having quite a bit role at Slammiversary, which was just recently announced to be taking place in Dallas. The feeling within TNA is that his southern gimmick would be quite the draw for fans in Texas. He is currently engaged in a program with Gunner, and that feud could be escalated into a top tier one by June.
March 7, 2014
Sin Cara
Even though the name is associated with his failed stint in WWE, Sin Cara continues to use the name down in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Word going around is that he is using the name because he cannot go back to being Mistico, which is owned by CMLL. The masked performer has also not been able to come up with a new name and gimmick for himself.
February 21, 2014
Diego
Many within WWE have already chalked up the El Torito gimmick as a bust. Management were hoping that he could help elevate Diego and Fernando, but the audience has simply not connected with the trio. Torito will be kept around, though, as his contract is reasonably priced and kids at live events seem to enjoy his presence.
February 19, 2014
Sgt Slaughter
While some are under the impression that he is simply portraying a character, Sgt Slaughter was once actually in the military, more precisely the Marine Corps. He even achieved the rank of Sargent during his tenure. That was how wrestling promoters came up with his gimmick and character.
February 15, 2014
Dolph Ziggler

Since the company has no interest in pushing them as singles performes, the idea being tossed around backstage right now has the Miz and Dolph Ziggler forming a tag team. WWE is also interested in giving them a gimmick where they both are disgruntled with the company.

February 5, 2014
Brad Maddox

While working in OVW, Brad Maddox had a necrophiliac gimmick named Brent "Beef" Wellington.

January 10, 2014
Edge

"We are thinking of making you guys the new 'Midnight Express. I just went, 'Oh, no. Anything new, whatever it is, it's not going to work.' That (idea) was doomed for failure right away. What are you going to say? That's brutal… a horrible idea, and I know Sean (Morley) felt the same way. We were like, this is not good, but we'll make it work and be a kick-ass tag team no matter what they call us; we'll do good with this."

January 5, 2014
Nikolai Volkoff

During the mid 1980s, Nikolai Volkoff made his return to WWE after stints in the AWA and Mid South. Upon his return, someone came up with the idea to have him sing the Russian national anthem to generate heel heat, as the United States was at odds with the country.

January 1, 2014
Abdullah the Butcher

For years, one of the most recognizable traits on a wrestler were the scars that were seen on the forehead of Abdullah the Butcher. The origin of that damage was from years and years of blading, in order to maintain his violent character. The trademark appearance is so popular that some Japanese cartoon makers have adopted it as well

January 1, 2014
Brodus Clay

Now that he has split from Tensai and is working as a heel, Brodus Clay is expected to get a bit of a makeover. A new look has been confirmed for the big guy, and there's talks that a new theme song could possibly be in the works as well.

December 30, 2013
Alberto Del Rio
A video of the match between Rob Van Dam and Alberto Del Rio from the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, where the winner advances in the tournament to determine a new number one contender for Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
April 16, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Prior to Wrestlemania 30, there were plans in place to push Alberto Del Rio towards Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, so when the tournament was announced, many viewed Del Rio as a top candidate to win. However, management has changed their minds on that push, as evident by the fact that Del Rio lost to Rob Van Dam on Monday Night Raw this week.
April 16, 2014
Damien Sandow
There are people backstage in WWE that are questioning the Rob Van Dam return, as it almost feels like an afterthought. Aside from taking place on the same episode of Monday Night Raw where so many new stars were introduced, he also worked a match against Damien Sandow, a performer that has rarely been in a featured role in WWE.
April 11, 2014
Damien Sandow
On Monday Night Raw this week, rumors about Rob Van Dam making his return to WWE turned out to be true. He came back and defeated Damien Sandow in a quick squash. Since he likes to take breaks in between wrestling, fans natural wondered how long he would be staying with WWE this time around. Right now, it appears that he will be leaving after Summerslam 2014.
April 8, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Since rumors leaked that he was going to be returning during the Wrestlemania 30 battle royal, WWE opted to pull Rob Van Dam from the event. Instead, he is now being heavily rumored to be making his return on Monday Night Raw, as management wanted to provide fans with plenty of surprises to kick start the new television season.
April 7, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since management still is trying to figure out a way to get the WWE NXT guys involved at Wrestlemania 30, there is a chance that Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville could be given one of the three remaining spots in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at the pay per view on Sunday. Rob Van Dam is a strong candidate to take a spot as well.
April 3, 2014
Rob Van Dam
There are rumors floating around right now that Rob Van Dam might be one of the surprise entrants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. He and WWE have been trying to figure out a way for him to make his return, and when this match was announced, it opened the possibility of him returning sooner than expected.
April 1, 2014
Rob Van Dam
A drawing of former ECW and WWE star Rob Van Dam at the DMV.
March 15, 2014
Rob Van Dam
It is looking less likely that Rob Van Dam will be returning in time for the biggest wrestling event of the year, as management has been pretty busy trying to put together the card. WWE already has a lot of former stars returning at the event, so RVD might be forced to wait until after Wrestlemania 30 to make his return to the company.
February 19, 2014
Big Daddy V
Shortly after word broke out through the internet that Big Daddy V had died of a heart attack, wrestlers started posting their condolences on Twitter. This is what Rob Van Dam had to say about the death of his friend.
February 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While most people now know that Rob Van Dam was backstage at Monday Night Raw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this week, it is now being reported that he had a meeting with Triple H while he was there. It wasn't an extension one. The two basically discussed the possibility and the timing of a return to WWE for RVD.
February 11, 2014
Rob Van Dam
While they are interested in bringing him back into the company at some point, one of the problems that WWE is facing right now with Rob Van Dam is being able to find a spot at Wrestlemania 30 for him. Things have already been hectic as is backstage, so trying to find a good place and a story line for him is not really a priority at this point.
February 8, 2014
Rob Van Dam

There have been some speculations on the type of contract that Rob Van Dam is looking to sign with WWE. Not a lot has changed from the last time around. The former heavyweight champion wants to keep a simple schedule on a short term deal that should probably last approximately three months.

January 25, 2014
Rob Van Dam

While there has been no confirmation or announcement from WWE yet, the belief is that a deal with Rob Van Dam will be made, so that the former heavyweight champion can make his return at the Royal Rumble pay per view as a surprise entrant in the main event.

January 15, 2014
Rob Van Dam

While he is willing to return for the period between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, Rob Van Dam is said to be unwilling to stick around with WWE until Extreme Rules. Management wants the former ECW star for the show, but it goes beyond the three month period that he wants to work.

January 4, 2014
Rob Van Dam

Since some fans requested to see it, Rob Van Dam posted a picture of himself with long hair on Twitter.

December 28, 2013
Paul London

"That is another reason I'm pretty sure I won't be returning there any time soon. Hunter was pretty obviously jealous of certain individuals. I'm not saying he was jealous of me. I could tell he was envious of (Rob) Van Dam. He was extremely envious of Rob's success. He was jealous of Van Dam's personality. He was jealous that people gravitated towards Rob, because people liked being around Rob because he was very positive. The most glaring was the work rate. Hunter has had the same matches his whole career. If the guy is so damn tough, why does he need a sledgehammer. How do you justify this guying be a bad ass if he always has a weapon. Hunter is like that nerd that throws out a joke expecting the room to start laughing and ends up laughing at his own joke."

November 17, 2013
Rob Van Dam

The belief is that Rob Van Dam will be working during the stretch between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.

November 11, 2013
Rob Van Dam

There are talks that Rob Van Dam could be brought back to WWE at the Royal Rumble.

November 7, 2013
Rob Van Dam

In a match that was surprisingly given almost twenty minutes, Alberto Del Rio defeated Rob Van Dam in a Hardcore Rules match via submission to retain the World Heavyweight Championship at the WWE Battleground pay per view.

October 6, 2013
Lilian Garcia
While she continues to fulfill her weekly duties as the announcer for WWE, Lilian Garcia is still finding time in her busy schedule to focus on her singing career. She noted on Twitter that she is back in Los Angeles this week and shooting a new music video. She formed a new band a couple of months back, and they have been performing frequently in Las Vegas.
April 18, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Since his son Bray Wyatt is rapidly rising up the ladder in WWE towards stardom, a lot of people have been asking about Mike Rotunda as of late. The man formerly known as Irwin R Schyster is still working for WWE, where he is a producer backstage at Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Rotunda's job is to script out the matches and segments for the wrestlers.
April 18, 2014
Cody Rhodes
In an interesting move, WWE had Dean Ambrose defend the United States Heavyweight Championship at a live event in Saudi Arabia this week. He successfully retained the belt in a fatal four way that consisted of Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler. Ambrose has rarely been allowed to defend the US title over the last couple of months.
April 18, 2014
Batista
For the longest time there, MVP was the longest reigning WWE United States Heavyweight Champion, but that mark looks to be broken soon if Dean Ambrose can hold on to the belt a little while longer. The Shield member rarely defends the belt, but WWE could opt to include it in the story line against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.
April 18, 2014
Enzo Amore
While he is not a well known name to WWE fans yet, Enzo Amore is currently in the plans with the company. The developmental wrestler recently made his return to WWE NXT from a leg injury that he suffered towards the end of 2013. Management feels that he has some potential, even though he is not currently anywhere near the head of the line to be called up to the main roster.
April 18, 2014
Jonathan Coachman
If things go as expected, then Renee Young is expected to follow in the footsteps of Todd Grisham and Jonathan Coachman, two former WWE on screen personalities who ended up with ESPN. The sports network has heavy interest in Renee right now, as executives there have been impressed with how well she has performed for WWE.
April 18, 2014
Rockstar Spud
Over the last several weeks, TNA officials have been busy, trying to secure long term deals on as many of their performers as they possibly can. One of the guys that has signed a multiple year deal this week is Rockstar Spud, who has been impressing everyone backstage with how well he has committed to his character. Spud is expected to be utilized in the ring more often in the near future.
April 18, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
While she did not leave the company after Wrestlemania 30 like rumored, Vickie Guerrero still intends on moving on from WWE at some point in time. She has already given notice to management, and she still continues to work on her college degree and business ventures. Guerrero wants to maintain a good working relationship with WWE.
April 17, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
A lot of fans have noticed that Antonio Cesaro has been coming out to the ring in silence since joining up with Paul Heyman. While it has generated a little buzz for WWE, that is not the long term plan. Management is currently trying to find the right entrance theme for Cesaro. He is being given a huge push, so everything has to be just right.
April 17, 2014
El Torito
One of the ideas being tossed around right now backstage in WWE is to have Hornswoggle and El Torito wrestling one another on a pretty frequent basis. The two of them will be featured on Smackdown this week, and there could be more matches coming up. WWE had the two of them training together for a couple of weeks to ensure that the match quality is decent.
April 17, 2014
Rock
While speaking to the media in Australia this week, Rock revealed that he wants to be in the next James Bond movie. The former WWE champion is a big fan of Daniel Craig, who plays the title role. Rock also noted that his grandfather once played a villain in a James Bond movie, and he would love to follow in his footsteps.
April 17, 2014
Orlando Jordan
A lot has changed since Orlando Jordan came out of the closet and revealed to the wrestling world that he was gay. The former WWE star shocked a lot of people when he announced that he was marrying a woman back in November. Now, Jordan has revealed that he is expecting a child soon.
April 17, 2014
Angelina Love
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Angelina Love, who recently made her return to TNA, is on the cast of an upcoming movie called Epidemic, which is a film about zombies taking over the earth after humans destroyed an asteroid with a big missile. Another person in the movie is Kelly Kelly, a former WWE diva.
April 17, 2014
Rey Mysterio
While rumors have been floating around that Rey Mysterio has left WWE after skipping Monday Night Raw to take his family to Hawaii this week, there are still talks that he is still with the company. On a leaked script that managed to find its way to the internet, Mysterio is listed on there as being injured. His name still remains on the official talent roster.
April 17, 2014
Brock Lesnar
It was heavily speculated that Brock Lesnar would be taking time off after Wrestlemania 30, and it looks like the rumors are true. WWE has removed him from their list of available performers backstage. There are talks that he could be out until Summerslam 2014, unless management can convince him to work some dates before then.
April 17, 2014
Great Khali
While he worked the battle royal at Wrestlemania 30, the Great Khali is not actively back on the road with WWE after all. The former world heavyweight champion is being given another four weeks off. He is scheduled to return to television in the middle of May. No word yet on why he is being give time off, but there are some rumors that he is injured.
April 17, 2014
Fandango
One of the big reasons why WWE put Layla El with Fandango is because Summer Rae is taking a couple of weeks off of television to film a sequel to the Marine with the Miz. WWE wanted to keep Fandango on television, but they did not feel that his act would be nearly as popular without a female companion. Thus, Layla was chosen to take over the role.
April 17, 2014
Drew McIntyre
On WWE Main Event, Hornswoggle teamed up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, which has caused some speculations to arise. Rumors over the past several weeks have stated that Heath Slater was unhappy backstage because he was not receiving a push. However, his absence on this show was unrelated, as Slater missed the show because he is heading to Saudi Arabia for a tour with WWE.
April 17, 2014
AJ Lee
One of the biggest reasons why WWE opted to put the Divas championship on Paige is because AJ Lee really needed to take some time off from the road. Aside from being stuck in the figurative storm after CM Punk walked out on the company, AJ has been on the road constantly over the last year. Both her body and mind needed the break.
April 16, 2014
Darren Young
Days after disputing internet reports about his injury, it has now been revealed that Darren Young has suffered a torn ACL, which will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year. The injury took place at a WWE live event last Saturday night. Since Young wasn't being pushed on television, management does not have to change much.
April 16, 2014