Rob Van Dam was experiencing a real career high when he was pulled over for speeding in Ohio. Then he was busted for possession. The fact that he was both the WWE and ECW Champion at the time didn’t matter to that officer.
RVD had to drop his titles in quick fashion. Fans weren’t happy about this, but Vince McMahon was apparently cool about the whole situation.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, RVD revealed how Vince McMahon took this situation. He apparently kept a level head about the ordeal and simply explained that RVD needed to take 30 days off, but he’d be losing his titles beforehand.
“If anybody semi-doesn’t know what we’re talking about, I had the WWE and the ECW Championship, got pulled over for speeding in Ohio, and the car smelled like weed and they found 18 grams of marijuana plus whatever we had in our vitamins.”
“So Sabu, right away, was like, ‘we got to call him and tell him.’ I’m like, ‘what? Are you crazy? What do we tell him?’ I didn’t think they were going to find out, but by the time we got to the arena, everybody already knew. It was on every form of media, and Vince, when we saw him the first time, he walked right by us in the hallway. He was not ready to talk to us. I was like, ‘eh, that didn’t feel good,’ and he was mad.”
“A couple a couple hours later, after he had a chance to talk to his advisors and come up with a plan of how they were going to handle that because that wasn’t the plans for me to drop the championship that night and the next night. He was cool then. The next time I saw him, he said, ‘look, you’re going to be suspended for 30 days. You’re going to drop the championships. Just take this 30 days and get some rest.’ Couldn’t have been cooler.”
“He’s always just been super cool to me. I know that other people see different sides of him, just like with anybody, but I got nothing but respect for him and no stories of him ever being an asshole to me or around me.”
It’s hard to say how the pro wrestling world might be different today if RVD would have obeyed the speed limit. The world will never know, but he certainly wouldn’t have dropped his titles in such a way.
Rob Van Dam is currently with Impact Wrestling, and he readily admits that he doesn’t need to be. He’s not getting emotionally invested with Impact Wrestling because it is all about the money for him.