Rob Van Dam is an advocate for marijuana and he’s put references to it throughout his pro wrestling career. The 4:20 Leg Drop got one sighting in WWE, and there’s a pretty funny story behind it.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, RVD revealed how he got past WWE’s censors. When Triple H asked him what 4:20 meant, Rob Van Dam had a great excuse that was able to pacify WWE enough to allow the move on television.
“One night before the match, Paul came up to me and he said, ‘Vince wants to know what the 420 leg drop means. I said, ‘why?’ He said, ‘he needs to know if the commentators can’t say if it’s a drug use. He wants to know is it a drug use?’ And I said, ‘no, it’s the name of our move.’ He goes, ‘I know, but he wants to know what it means.’ I said, ‘it’s 420. I pick Rey Mysterio up. Then I jump up while I’m holding him up and all of our legs come down on the guy, so it’s four legs and twenty is our combined shoe size. I wear twelve. He’s eight,’ and he’s like, ‘OK, I can work with that.'”
It seems that explanation worked for Vince McMahon. That move got past McMahon’s censorship, and a lot of fans popped when hearing 4:20 on WWE television.
They only got to do the move once, but at least RVD got a great story out of it.