Rob Van Dam has won 21 total championships, and is the only wrestler in history to have held the WWE Championship, the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (once holding the WWE and ECW titles simultaneously within WWE).
Van Dam gained mainstream popularity in ECW before also having success in WWE and TNA. Between ECW, WWF/E, and TNA, Van Dam headlined many pay-per-view events throughout three decades between the 1990s and 2010s. In 2002, Van Dam was ranked the number one pro wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
He was voted "Most Popular Wrestler" by readers of the magazine in 2001 and again in 2002. WWE named him the greatest star in ECW history in 2014. In a long interview with Wrestling Epicenter, RVD commented on his documentary Head Strong: “I am extremely proud of the movie because I know it turned out well and it was extremely personal to me as all documentaries like that should be so you come away like you really know the guy.
I think I caught all of that. What surprised me is how much inspiration people got from it. When I have people tell me that it helped them get through tough things in their life and stay cool, it really opened up a new perspective for me and how to help people.
I’ve done interviews where all I talk about is being in the state of deep depression. People can’t imagine that. They just think of RVD being positive all the time. People don’t want to talk about depression.
People don’t want to talk about concussions. I do! I want to find a way to help it. A lot of my friends get these concussions, they get depressed, and they end their lives… I mean, a lot. Some you know and you don’t know how they went out of respect to the family.
If you outlive me, I want you to tell everybody exactly how I went. What I want to do now is talk about concussions and talk about depression so we can keep the conversation going until we have something”.