WWE Hall Of Famer Spoken To Over “Bad Rep” For Stiffing People

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It would appear a WWE Hall Of Famer needed to have a frank discussion to get him to lighten up in the ring.

In his role as Executive Vice President of Talent Relations whilst with WWE, Jim Ross would have been used to having the difficult conversations sometimes required with wrestlers. It would seem that WWE Hall Of Famer Rob Van Dam was one of those he had to go to, especially given Mr Monday Night’s fast-paced and high-impact style.

During a discussion on his Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross spoke about how The Undertaker once came to him following a match between Rob Van Dam and Kurt Angle which left the Olympic gold medallist busted open.

Yeah, of course. Out of respect to the Undertaker, I’m not gonna ignore him. So Undertaker would not have any issues with me going to RVD and say hey look, you’re getting a bad rep on stiffing people. And the latest one to complain was Taker. Taker don’t complain about nothing unless it’s fair and it is real. So you gotta be more aware of some of the things you do that are marginal. If you dismiss it this much, we’re cool. But if you’re off this much, it’s dangerous.

Continuing on, Jim Ross discussed how there are only so many ways you can deal with a situation like that, but it seems like the message through on that occasion.

So, you know, I don’t know how it all worked out, but I don’t remember having ongoing issues with it. And then you read a statement somebody’s written about, I don’t know, it was not as bad as the media and the dirt sheets and all that other stuff would like for it to have been. It wasn’t that way. It was addressed. What the hell am I supposed to do? Put him in front of a chalkboard saying I will not potato I will not potato?

Rob Van Dam recently discussed the “irreplicable moment” he had in WWE.

If using this transcription, please credit Grilling JR with a h/t back to TJR Wrestling.