Wrestling legend Rob Van Dam says a concussion he suffered while in the ring left him with an injury that now disqualifies him from working with the WWE, and claims to have taken a major financial hit from the loss of income.
RVD filed documents in his ongoing divorce with estranged wife Sonya, regarding the financial settlement and support between the two, and is arguing that he should pay less than Sonya is asking because he no longer lives the glamorous life of a wrestling superstar.
He says that on November 12, 2016 he suffered a concussion that “caused visual impairment” and has “disqualified me from working for the WWE.”
The match RVD is referring to was actually for an organization called PCW, and featured the wrestler flying out of the ring and fighting with a steel chair.
He includes a copy of WWE’s Concussion Management Program protocol, as well as a medical evaluation from earlier in the year confirming his concussion.
RVD says along with the concussion, his merchandising contract with WWE ended in July 2017, and will not be renewed.
The wrestler unfortunately claims to have “aged out” of the business due to injuries and not being able to work for WWE, which has “substantially reduced” his income.
He also claims that his ex is perfectly capable of earning her own income, and has asked that the judge consider his financial situation when setting support.