Rob Van Dam has been confirmed as the latest member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Only the seventh Grand Slam Champion in history, Van Dam famously won the WWE Championship, four-time Hardcore Champion, three-time Tag Team Champion, six-time Intercontinental Champion, European Champion, and ECW World Champion.
A Michigan native, Van Dam (real name Robert Szatkowski) started in the territories in the early 1990s. After brief stints in Japan and WCW, he joined Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1996, the WWE in 2001, and TNA in 2010.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling. Just like you probably would imagine, it feels like I’m being acknowledged and appreciated for my body of work. It feels very good. I’m honored,” he said this week during an interview. “Fans have been calling me future Hall of Famer for years and I always just shrug and say, ‘All right, man. As long as you think so.’ But, glad to be among the chosen few this year.”
“I’m glad for me and for all the fans. I feel like them being behind me and wanting to see this happen is a win for them as well.”