WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam recently discussed his wife, wrestler Katie Forbes, and the reasons why they don’t frequently work together in the ring since his departure from Impact Wrestling. During an episode of “1 Of A Kind,” Van Dam shared insights into their dynamic and shed light on the challenges they face.

Van Dam explained that one of the main reasons for their limited in-ring collaborations is their contrasting wrestling styles. According to him, Forbes possesses impressive acrobatic skills and is known for executing high-flying moves like springboards and hurricanranas. Van Dam expressed his admiration for her abilities and the awe-inspiring nature of her maneuvers.

“I’ve been in the ring with her very few times … because I’m so stiff, and right away, when I met her, and the first couple of times I went to a wrestling school with her, it was in LA, Santino Brothers … she’s going up on the top rope and jumping off, doing a springboard off the middle and landing on the guy, doing a hurricanrana. I’m like ‘Holy crap!’ I couldn’t believe that she was doing all these moves. I was like ‘Wow. You’re acrobatic, that’s amazing.’”

However, Van Dam also revealed that Forbes may prefer not to have him present at her shows or matches. He speculated that her hesitation stems from a fear of disappointing him. Van Dam acknowledged that he holds himself and Forbes to higher standards compared to her peers in all-female wrestling shows. While he intends to offer constructive feedback to help her improve, he understands that his approach may be nerve-wracking for her.


Van Dam emphasized that he is not merely there to offer praise but to provide valuable advice that can enhance Forbes’ performance. While he aims to be supportive, his higher expectations might create a sense of pressure for Forbes.

“Even when she’s at shows and has her matches, a lot of times she’d rather me not be there because … I don’t know, she thinks she’s going to disappoint me? ‘Cause I mean, I’m just … maybe because I don’t want to also just say ‘Hey, great job. Great job.’ I’m just like, ‘Do you want some advice that can maybe help you get better?’ And a lot of people hearing that, as much as it can help, I think sometimes, that makes her nervous, ’cause she knows that I have higher standards than … her peers at these all-girl wrestling shows that she’s doing.”

The couple’s professional relationship reflects the complexities that arise when personal and wrestling lives intersect. Despite their different wrestling styles and the challenges they face, Van Dam and Forbes continue to maintain a strong bond.

What are your thoughts on the dynamic between Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes in both their personal and professional lives? Leave a comment.

Steve Carrier

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