RVD remains one of the most technically-gifted pro wrestlers to have ever competed inside the squared circle. The pro wrestling legend has competed in several promotions such as ECW, WCW, WWE, and IMPACT Wrestling during his career that has lasted over thirty years.
He is also known for his love for smoking marijuana, which has also cost him in the past. Now it seems RVD has revealed when his weed journey truly began. While speaking on his WWE Icons special, RVD revealed that he first smoked weed while touring in Jamaica back in 1991.
Jimmy Del Rey was the one who handed him a joint and while RVD was hesitant to have it at first, he eventually smoked it and the rest, as they say, is history.
“It was actually 1991. I had a wrestling show in Jamaica. All the boys were so excited because the ganja was plentiful. I didn’t smoke it. I didn’t want to. But, we were all at a cabana and the boys were passing around a joint and I remember Jimmy Del Rey saying, ‘Here.’ I was like, ‘Oh. No thank you. I’m good.’ He’s like, ‘Hit it you Prima Donna it’s not going to kill you.’ I was like, oh. okay. I remember hitting it one time. Did not enjoy it. I remember staring at the wall and feeling more paranoid. ‘They’re going to say I’m stoned now. Why am I looking at the wall?’ That was my first experience.
I was noticing these athletes that I look up to that are in great shape, a lot of them smoke weed. That made me think maybe I should look into it. That opened up this whole new universe.”
Rob Van Dam was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year and also gave Vince McMahon a bunch of rolling papers as a gift, which Vince McMahon found very funny. RVD also has his own brand of CBD, which can be purchased at RVDCBD.com.
h/t to Fightful for the quotes.