Former WWE Champion Reveals He Worked For WWE As A Jobber

Former WWE Champion Reveals He Worked For WWE As A Jobber

For years one of the most popular stars in WWE was Rob Van Dam. He captured the inspiration of many with his laid back attitude and eventually reached the peak of WWE, winning the WWE Championship in 2006.

Now, Rob Van Dam has revealed that he actually worked as an enhancement talent for WWE in the early 90s. Taking to Instagram, he shared the story of being brought into the company and wrestling under the name Matt Burn. Get it? Mat burn? Yeah, you got it. Here is the quote:

“So… in. 1992 Pat Tanaka hooked some of us boys from the Tampa Sportatorium up with jobs while the WWF was touring through,” he said in his post. “I think I got paid but didn’t work, then booked the following week in Biloxi. $150 bucks a shot was AWESOME compared to the $35 bucks I was making every Thursday at the Sportatorium.

My problem was I didn’t want anyone to recognize me. I knew I was there to make the other guy look good, and although I hadn’t been wrestling long, I had a little magazine exposure as Rob Van Dam and I was planning on running with it. So, I wore a shirt (inside out) and my OG blue trunks, let my hair down and called myself Matt Burn for an inside joke.

After a quick match with the Mountie, some agents were complimenting my bumps when Gorilla Monsoon noticed my shirt. ‘Were you wearing that in the ring? What’s the matter with you?!’ He was pissed and wanted to boot me in the ass! Lol They never did notice the irony of the name though.”

Rob Van Dam has most recently worked for Impact Wrestling. He and girlfriend Katie Forbes both left the promotion earlier this year.

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3 years ago by Tempest


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